Call for Abstracts

We are inviting abstract submissions for those interested in speaking at the 2013 AFAC and Bushfire CRC Conference, to be held in Melbourne from September 2 to 5, 2013 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

AFAC represents all fire, land management and emergency service agencies in Australia and New Zealand, while the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre is the peak research body for the fire industry in this region. The conference is the largest gathering of emergency management practitioners, technical experts and researchers in our region.

The conference incorporates a Research Forum on the Monday, followed by a two day conference program on the Tuesday and Wednesday with interactive panel discussions, presentations from leading international and local speakers, and the largest Trade Exhibition of its kind in Australasia. A Professional Development Program will be held on the Thursday with a number of workshops, forums and seminars.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Shaping Tomorrow Together” reflecting that emergency services will need to work together collaboratively with the community and other partners from the education, health, business and research sectors, and all levels of government, to shape our future.

The Conference program will address a number of principle topics:

  1. The need for transformational change
  2. How emergency management is responding to future challenges
  3. Creating public value
  4. Large scale disasters. What should be done differently?
  5. Risk management: taking a risk based approach for the future

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS – Deadline 15 February 2013

All Abstracts must be submitted online and must be specifically linked to the topic.

Your abstract should be between 250 – 300 words. The maximum word limit of 300 applies to text only, not the heading and authorship details.

Abstracts are invited from emergency services and management professionals, volunteers, researchers and academics, industry and government bodies. Authors may choose to submit abstracts solely for selection as a poster.

Competition for selection as a speaker at the AFAC and Bushfire CRC conference is high, so not all abstracts will be accepted for a speaking slot. It is expected that, subject to the overall quality of submissions, between 20 and 30 papers will be selected for oral presentation for the two day conference, with a further 20 for the Research Forum.

There are three opportunities for participation as part of the conference program:

  1. ORAL SESSIONS – AFAC and Bushfire CRC Conference

Standard speaker sessions will be of 30 minutes duration including Q&A. Authors must indicate which topic their abstract will address. Preference will be given to those abstracts most closely aligned to the theme of the conference and the topic being addressed. <spancalibri”,”sans-serif”;”>Authors must also indicate the focus area of their presentation: research, research utilisation, policy, practice, case studies or other.

All speakers accepted for an oral presentation are required to prepare a 2000 word paper of their presentation. This will need to be submitted by July 12, 2013, and will be available online at the time of the presentation. Failure to provide a paper will result in withdrawal of the invitation to speak.

Speakers may choose to submit a 3000 word paper for peer review and publishing (see below – Research Forum). Any Bushfire CRC researchers chosen to present their work for the two day conference program are expected to submit a 3000 word paper.


<spancalibri”,”sans-serif”;>Standard speaker sessions will be of 30 minutes duration including Q&A. Researchers and agencies conducting research are invited to submit abstracts.  Preference will be given to those abstracts most closely aligned to the theme of the conference and the topic being addressed.<spancalibri”,”sans-serif”;”> Authors must also indicate the focus area of their presentation.

All speakers accepted to present as part of the Research Forum are required to prepare a 3000 word research paper of their presentation. These papers will be peer reviewed and will be published as refereed proceedings, with an ISBN. All authors accepted to speak will also be expected to act as referees for one of the papers. Papers will be published post the conference and distributed to all delegates. These papers will be required by July 12, 2013.


Conference Posters receive considerable exposure and are located in the main Trade Exhibition area in the Knowledge Lounge. Posters are an increasingly effective means of sharing knowledge with the broadest cross-section of the industry.

A dedicated poster session(s) will be held for the 2013 conference, allowing poster authors to present their project or research to interested delegates. Authors who are not selected for oral presentations will be given an opportunity to display a poster. Awards will be presented to the winning poster authors.<spancalibri”,”sans-serif”;”>


The first step is to record your personal details on your own ‘dashboard’. If you have already created a dashboard for an earlier AFAC conference registration you will not have to repeat this, just login to your ‘dashboard’ as a returning delegate using your email address and password. You will then need to select an event from the drop down list. Select the AFAC & Bushfire CRC Conference 2013 for abstract submission and click on continue at the bottom of the page.
You can use your email and password to access your abstract submission at any time prior to commencement of the review proce

More information and on-line submission of abstracts at