More than 40 invited Australian, New Zealand and United States researchers, practitioners and policy-makers will gather in Melbourne and Canberra next week for a research symposium focussing on bushfires on the urban-rural fringe.
The event is being organised by the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre in conjunction with the departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Attorney General in Australia, and the US Department of Homeland Security.
The aim of next week’s meeting is to share knowledge on bushfire risk on the rural-urban interface and to explore areas for collaborative research projects in fire behaviour, rural-urban interface planning and community safety. There are already many research projects addressing various parts of this issue and there is substantial agreement in the value of linking the work of researchers internationally.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Bushfire CRC, Gary Morgan, said the symposium was one of the most high profile gatherings of leading fire experts from these countries to work on issues of common concern.
“Large fires have threatened communities close to bushland areas both in the Australia and United States in recent years. The most extreme fires have lead to deaths and loss of houses and community buildings.
“Fire and land management agencies in bushfire prone countries have recognised that they must continually strive to better understand what it means for people to live safely in these areas. We are confident this symposium will point the way forward for bushfire research.”
The group will meet in Melbourne on Monday 14 June and spend the last part of the week in Canberra, including meeting in Parliament House on Thursday 17 June.
Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council
Country Fire Authority
CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
Department for Environment & Heritage SA
Department of Environment and Conservation, WA
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Department of Attorney General
Department of Sustainability and Environment, Vic
NSW Fire Brigades
NSW Rural Fire Service
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service
SCION (New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd)
Australian National University
Tasmania Fire Service
University of Melbourne
University of Wollongong
United States organisations
Department of Homeland Security
Fire Behaviour Science
FireWise Program-National Fire Protection Association
International Fire Chiefs Wildfire Comm.
US Fire Administration
US Forest Service
University of California, Berkeley-Wildland Fire Science
University of Utah