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IFE22 THEME:

Connecting communities. Creating resilience 

The major fire incidents involving cladding and the on-going repercussions are still being dealt with by the various states and territories. These events have shown us just how quickly the building and construction landscape can shift and how we must ensure that we can be agile in responding to our community’s needs.  

The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Australia is looking for abstracts from the following audiences covering the below listed topics under this year’s theme.

  • Engineers (Fire safety & fire services) 
  • Fire Services (Incident commanders) 
  • Fire Services (Fire cause investigation) 
  • Fire Services (Fire safety) 
  • Regulators 
  • Insurers 
  • Testing laboratories  
  • Educational Institution 
  • Other fire safety professionals 

We invite speakers to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words that can be delivered as a 30‐minute oral presentation. Presentation must be original and not been previously presented at another conference in Australia. 

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IFE supporting topics  

Sociological Issues 

This topic was inspired by a paper written by the author Graham Spinardi and co-authors Luke Bisby and Jose Torero on: A Review of Sociological Issues in Fire Safety Regulation. The IFE is looking for presentations on sociological factors that affects fire safety.  

Building and Infrastructure resilience 

Design features to make buildings safer without impacting duly on the construction cost. The IFE is looking for presentations on best practice design features (or processes) that can create safe and resilient buildings without substantially increasing the construction cost.  

Technology and Innovation

Technology advances and innovation are inevitable in the ever-growing construction landscape to meet the needs and demand of the community. The IFE is looking for presentations on technology and innovation in fire safety systems/features in buildings and/or in training/equipment for firefighting. 

Lessons Learned 

The IFE is looking for presentations on lessons learned from experience gained from being involved a project or incident or investigation, especially when something did no go as planned. This may include a Performance Solution that was not implemented as intended and the learnings from that experience; or an installed system or feature that did not operate/perform as intended and the learnings from that experience; or a fire incident that presented a challenge and the learnings from that experience. It may also include fire cause investigation. 

Risk and Insurance 

The IFE is looking for presentations on the role that insurers play in managing risk in the construction landscape and ongoing use of the building. The presentations may also cover other topics on risk and insurance.  

Regulation and Standard 

Reforms are necessary to maintain a currant and relevant regulation and standards that meets the needs of the industry and community. The IFE is looking for presentations on issues / proposals / challenges in regulating the emerging fire safety risks and challenges in the built environment e.g. engineered timber, renewable energy, modular constructions, etc.  

Testing and Certification / Checking and Verification 

Independent testing and certification / checking and verification is an important feature of fire safety that unfortunately has not been fully realised in a highly self-regulating environment. The IFE is looking for presentations on how this can be realised to increase consumer confidence in product and building fire safety. 

Others

The IFE also welcomes presentations on any other topics under the main theme of the conference that is relevant to fire safety.

IFE Selection Process

Abstract submissions for IFE22 are open to all, including career staff, volunteers, researchers and academics, industry, community and all levels of government. The submission and selection process is as follows, and please ensure you have the approval and support from your agency before submitting an abstract:

STAGE 1: Authors are invited to lodge a personal submission, a submission on a colleague's behalf, or a submission on behalf of their organisation, addressing the relevant theme and topics. An author can submit multiple abstracts for consideration by the Conference Committee. Submissions open on November 15, 2021 and require written responses which can be uploaded via the online submission system.

STAGE 2: Submissions must be lodged online and completed by February 7, 2022.

STAGE 3: Submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee who will assess each submission. The Committee will score each submission based on its relevance to the overall conference theme and the topic being addressed.

STAGE 4: Submissions are assessed and shortlisted, and the final oral presenters are selected by the Program Committee - these will then be endorsed by the Steering Committee by the end of March, 2022.

STAGE 5: Authors who have been successful in being granted an oral presentation and/or poster presentation will be notified by the end of March, 2022.

STAGE 6:  Authors must accept their offer by April 30, 2022. In accepting the offer, speakers agree to register and attend the Conference and provide the following:

  • An oral presentation including accompanying PowerPoint slides (event template will be distributed accordingly)
  • A high resolution head-shot and 200 word bio to be emailed to info@afacconference.com.au

IFE may cover the registration cost for selected invited speakers for the day the person speaks, not including any social program costs.

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