Australia — Firefighters, researchers, scientists and fire prevention managers from around the globe will be in Adelaide this week for the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centres International Bushfire Research Conference 2008.
The event will also incorporate the 15th annual Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council conference and feature over 90 presentations to challenge and share issues faced by the industry around the world.
More than 1000 delegates will take part in this major event over three days with topics ranging from aerial fire fighting, community awareness and warnings, a European perspective of the mass media in the context of bushfires and the management of prescribed burnings.
AFAC president and CFS chief officer Euan Ferguson is confident that the International Bushfire Research Conference will be stimulating, thought-provoking, informative and entertaining.
This conference will essentially be about improving the knowledge and practice involved with managing fires and emergencies, he said.
This year, the inclusion of the Bushfire CRCs International Bushfire Research Conference makes it a truly international event with a world-class program of speakers, workshops and field trips for the benefit of the entire community.
Bushfire CRC chairman Len Foster agreed that the event would offer a great opportunity for representatives in the fire industry to exchange information about their respective practices.
They will see how leading researchers from around the world are working with industry partners on issues that have been identified as critical to their business, he said.
The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre until tomorrow.