The Bureau of Meteorology Fire Weather Workshops aim to provide a national forum for fire weather forecasters and other interested participants to discuss a range of scientific and operational matters, and issues related to the Bureau’s fire weather service.
The Workshop will be held at the Albury city campus of the Charles Sturt University, Olive Street Albury. This is very close to the Albury Convention and Performing Arts Centre (ACPAC) where the BUSHFIRE 99 conference will occur on 7-9 July 1999.
The opportunity to run the 8th Bureau of Meteorology Fire Weather Workshop consecutively with the BUSHFIRE 99 conference offers a number of advantages. Most importantly it is expected to provide the greatest possible interaction and integration of ideas across the fields of fire and meteorology.
The interaction enabled by BUSHFIRE 99 will allow the 8th Fire Weather Workshop to have a slightly different and shorter format than previous Workshops.
Monday 5 July will be reserved for Bureau of Meteorology staff from around Australia, who will meet to discuss a number of detailed “in-house” matters.
Tuesday 6 July will be an open forum, and a wide range of participants is encouraged to attend this day. Unlike previous Workshops, there will not be a call for formal papers to be presented. Instead, registrants are invited to nominate a topic or issue that they would like to see discussed during the day, and to indicate whether they would be prepared to introduce or speak on that subject for just a few minutes.
A more detailed program will be developed and distributed to registered participants prior to the Workshop.
INFORMATION ABOUT BUSHFIRE 99
The Bushfire series of conferences provides a significant forum for the Australian fire community to exchange information on bushfire research and development. The BUSHFIRE 99 conference will be hosted by Charles Sturt University, through the School of Environmental and Information Sciences, along with the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, CSIRO and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. It will be held in Albury on 7 to 9 July, 1999, and further information may be obtained from the World Wide Web at http://life.csu.edu.au/bushfire99/, by telephone 02 6051 9718, by fax 02 6051 9897, or by e-mail email@example.com.
Note that the deadline for submitting paper or poster abstracts to BUSHFIRE 99, and for a discounted registration fee, is 31 March 1999.
ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL
Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the accommodation booking service provided by the BUSHFIRE 99 conference, and arrange to arrive one or more days earlier as necessary to enable participation in the Fire Weather Workshop. The BUSHFIRE 99 organisers are willing to make such arrangements.
Options within easy walking distance of both the Fire Weather Workshop and the BUSHFIRE 99 venues are available, including the Fountain Court Motor Inn, the Albury Meramie Motor Inn, the Albury Townhouse Motel, the Greentree Inn, and the Sodens Australia hotel/motel. While some transport and transfers are being offered by BUSHFIRE 99, no additional arrangements have been made for the Fire Weather Workshop.
For further information on the 8th Fire Weather Workshop, please contact:
Russell Stringer Bureau of Meteorology GPO Box 1289K Melbourne VIC 3001 email R.Stringer@bom.gov.au fax 03 9669 4695 phone 03 9669 4705