Virtual Fire Forum 2020

Applying Fire Science for a Brighter Future

Days:  Tuesday 23; Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 June 2020
Time: 10.30 – 12.00 (AEST) each day
About: This IFA/AFG’s Virtual Fire Forum is designed to unpackage the latest forest fire science and best practice forest fire management.  The Forum will discuss how we can adapt and respond to the challenges of a changing climate as well as catastrophic bushfires, in order to move towards a brighter future for Australians, our flora and fauna and our forests.  

RFP CPD hours: 4.5

Session One: Review of the 2019/2020 fire season

Tuesday 23 June 10:30am– 12:00pm AEST

Session Chair: Bob Gordon
 Introduction and summary of the fire season, Honorary Associate Professor Kevin Tolhurst AM
  • Case Study: Victoria and NSW Plantations impacted by fire, Ruth Ryan & Tim McGuffog
  • Case Study: Kangaroo Island, SA,Gary Featherston
  • Case Study: Queensland, Craig Welden
  • Case Study: Recovery in NSW, Euan Ferguson

Session Two: Emerging technologies & science to support fire management

Wednesday 24 June, 10:30am - 12:00pm AEST

Session Chair: Michelle Freeman
  • Fire Danger Rating System, Stuart Matthews
  • Emerging technologies, Peter Woodgate & Eva Rodriguez
  • Application of recent technologies in supporting fire management, Andy Ackland
  • Remote fire detection, Stefan Peters
  • Use of IT to best determine travel time to fires, Owen Salkin
Session Three: What can land and fire managers do in working towards meeting the national policy’s strategic objectives?
Thursday 25 June 10:30am – 12:00pm AEST

Session Chair: Neil Cooper
  • Effectively Managing the Land with Fire, Kevin Tolhurst
  • Involved and Capable Communities, Geoff Morris
  • Strong Land, Fire and Emergency Partnerships and Capability, Craig Welden
  • Actively and Adaptively Managing Risk, Rob Caddell
For more information about the speakers, their biographies are listed below.


IFA/AFG member: $40
Non-member: $95
Student member: $15

Registration closes: Friday 19 June

Please note:
 - Registration will provide access to all three sessions.
 - For those who cannot participate live in all the sessions, everyone who registers for the virtual Fire Forum will receive a link to the recording to view later.
 - When you register, please provide the email address that you will use to access the virtual Forum.

Click here to register


With thanks to the following Sponsors for their support

There are additional sponsorship opportunities available, please contact for more information

PDF of presentations

- Session one
- Session two
-Session three

Speaker biographies:

Click here to view Speakers  

PDF of presentations:
Session 1;  
 Session 2;  Session 3