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With the Call for Papers now officially closed, the Bushfire CRC and AFAC have declared that Early Bird Registrations for the annual conference are now open.

More than 150 abstracts have been received. The Conference Program Committee met this week to consider the papers for inclusion into the conference program. Successful authors will be contacted in late March.

With more than 1000 delegates expected to be in Perth for Australasia’s leading emergency management and research conference, delegates will hear from leading international and Australian experts such as National Icon the Hon. Barry Jones, demographer Bernard Salt, research psychologist and Bushfire CRC researcher Prof Carmen Lawrence, Chief James Schwartz of the Arlington County Fire Department, and many more. A full list of speakers can be found on the conference website www.afac2012.org

Tuesday 28 August is the Bushfire CRC Research Forum which will feature research across all hazards in the emergency sector. Former Bushfire CRC Board member Prof Robyn Owens, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at University of Western Australia will be the opening Keynote speaker, and will officially open the Research Forum. Prof Jean Palutikof, Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University will be the closing keynote speaker for the day. Many other Bushfire CRC researchers will be on the program for this day.

This will be followed by the conference Welcome Ceremony which will lead into the main conference. The two-day main conference will be held on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 August, and will include a large trade Expo with the Bushfire CRC and AFAC stand as a central feature.

A showcase of our student research projects will be a feature of the professional development day for delegates – this day concludes the conference on Friday 31 March. This will be an enlightening and entertaining presentation of the PhD research for all delegates to participate in at the end of the busy week. Other opportunities for the PD day are on the conference website.

An addition to this year’s conference in Perth will be a series of optional one and two-day field trips for delegates to explore the diversity Western Australia has to offer, commencing Monday 27 August.

Early Bird registrations are open to 26 June 2012. http://www.afac2012.org/registration

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Thu, 08/03/2012