6th International Conference on Forest Fire Research
15 > 18 Nov. 2010

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

> Social Program
We remind you that the Social Program for accompanying Persons that are registered starts on the first day of the Conference with a Tour to Batalha and Fátima.
The bus will depart from Hotel Vila Galé at 9.00 h so I ask you to please respect this time schedule.

> Address from the European Commissioner for Scientific Research
Mrs. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science of the European Commission sent the following address to the VI International Conference on Forest Fire Research

> Use of public transports in Coimbra during the Conference
By a special agreement with the Municipal Transportation Services of Coimbra the participants of the Conference have free access to the buses of this urban transportation service during the Conference

> Workshop on Fuels Management
Please notice that the Workshop on Fuels Management on the 13th November will start its sessions at 9.00h and not 8.00h as previously indicated.

> Prize for the Best Posters of the Day
We inform all authors of Posters that there will be a Committee that will evaluate the posters presented in each day and a prize for the best three posters will be attributed.
> Oral and Posters presentation
New information is now available.
> Travel to Coimbra
Information on how to get to Coimbra is now available at Place of the Conference.