Proceedings of the 2013 Research Forum

The full proceedings from the 2013 Research Forum are now available. Held as part of the annual conference in Melbourne, the Research Forum focuses on the delivery of research findings across different disciplines for emergency management personnel who need to use this knowledge for their daily work.

A key part of the conference, the Research Forum highlights the diversity of research being conducted across the sector. The extent of this diversity is demonstrated in the many different disciplines and topics provided in this volume. Topics covered include fire weather, community safety, smoke toxins, prescribed burning and a special discussion on the impacts of heatwaves. The papers also highlight the user driven nature of the Bushfire CRC research program and demonstrate the Research Forum is not just for scientists, but for all emergency management personnel and the wider researcher community.

Not all papers presented are included in these proceedings as some authors opted to not supply full papers, however collectively the work presented in the Research Forum reflects the breadth of the work being undertaken across the Bushfire CRC. These papers were anonymously referred. The Bushfire CRC would like to express gratitude to all the referees who agreed to take on this task diligently; this is an important and valued part of the scientific process but isn’t without its challenges. We would also like to sincerely thank all those involved in the organising and conducting of the Research Forum, which is truly a wonderful event and cannot go ahead without the contributions of many.