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The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and Pau Costa Foundation (PCF) are partnering with Regione Toscana and University of Florence to host a conference in Florence, Italy for diverse stakeholders involved in wildfire management. Experts from Europe and around the world are invited to gather in Florence to share fire ecology science and expertise. This conference will be a meeting point for international wildfire and landscape managers, scientists, policy makers, communicators and other representatives from national, regional and local organizations.

Conference News and Updates

Conference Postponed Until Fall 2021
After much consideration with our partners and program committee, we have decided to postpone the Fire Across Boundaries conference until October 12-15, 2021. Please save the new dates! If you have already submitted a proposal, we will be in touch with you by email regarding your options. While postponing the in-person conference is necessary due to COVID-19, it also provides a wonderful opportunity to connect the conference in Florence with AFE’s 9th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress. The events are about 2 months apart, and we are planning discounted registration for those attending both events, and options for attendees at both conferences to connect with one another and view all presentations. See our FAQ page for COVID-19.

Virtual Event this Fall
We are planning a virtual event for October 20-21, 2020. We expect to have a 3-hour session each day to engage the fire community in sharing information and discussing concepts related to the conference theme. Program information and registration will be available soon.

New Articles
– An article about the conference was recently published in Forest@, Forestry and Forest Ecology Magazine
– New York Times article, How Europe Turned Into a Perfect Landscape for Wildfires

Conference Theme

The conference aims to increase the interaction of the wildfire community across boundaries to more effectively exchange knowledge and understanding about the contribution of fire ecology on fire management. Such coordination is needed to help providing solutions that balance ecological processes and wildfire risk reduction. This collaborative event will provide a space to understand and discuss the global wildfire situation and regional challenges, the uncertainties that need to be addressed, and also to share solutions on wildfire mitigation.

Decision makers and society need tools and leadership to understand and prepare for wildfire events and to build adaptive resilience. The present wildland fire challenges stress the need to enhance the debate on potential solutions: efficient alternatives to the wildfire suppression at all cost, the use of more traditional landscape management for adaptation of ecosystems under a changing climate, the benefits of prescribing fire to maintain long-term ecosystem services and finally the need to establish a wildfire risk culture through transdisciplinary science and enhance effective communication with society.

We encourage proposals for workshops and oral presentations that focus on the list of conference topics.

Schedule Overview

The conference entails four days of workshops, concurrent sessions, networking activities, and fieldtrips.

  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021: Workshops and Trainings
  • Wednesday, October 13 and Thursday, October 14, 2021: Plenary and Concurrent Oral Presentations
  • Friday, October 15, 2021: Field Trips
Theme: Overlay by Kaira