Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Forest fires continue to be a relevant issue in the agenda of many countries. In recent years, forest fires have been increasing, resulting in the growing loss of human lives, economical and ecological losses and burned areas. The response of the scientific community has also increased throughout the world, both in diversity and quality, to cope with the new challenges that a changing climate and the availability of new technologies create.
We consider that it is important to have an update of the recent developments in forest fire science and technology and to assess their contribution to the analysis of the problem and to promote cooperation in its management.
For this purpose we invite you to attend the VI International Conference on Forest Fire Research that will take place in Coimbra, Portugal from November 15th to 18th, 2010.
This conference follows its previous editions that have been held every four years since 1990, in Coimbra, Portugal.
The scope of the conference will be mainly:
> To bring together scientists and practitioners from various parts of the world working on different aspects of forest fires
> To encourage the presentation and discussion of recent advances in scientific research and technical development
> To present new management methodologies
> To present results from pilot experiments
> To promote international cooperation.
The major themes that will be focused are related to Fire Prevention, Fire Climate and Weather, Fire Behaviour, Fire Ecology, Fire Management, Fire Safety, Human and Institutional Factors and Urban-Wildland Interface. These themes are not restricted and we are open to other subjects that are proposed, as well.
Two courses, the III Short Course on Fire Safety and the VI Short Course on Forest Fire Behaviour, will be held before the Conference, as related events.
As the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the conference I welcome you to our website. We intend to use this support to give you updated information about the conference and its related events.
This information is of interest for those who intend to participate in the conference but also for all those who are interested in forest fire research and forest management in general.
Your comments and queries are welcome.
The Chairman of the Conference
Domingos X. Viegas