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David Bruce
Communications Manager

Communities of interest

As a natural hazards research centre we are always seeking better links into relevant communities of interest – floods, earthquakes, disaster resilience, severe weather, community safety, northern Australia and others. But it is the wildfire community that leads the way in this regard, with well-established networks across Australia, the US, Europe and elsewhere.

The International Association of Wildland Fire has added three new Australian representatives to its Board, including myself, and two local identities Euan Ferguson and Murray Carter. My role is primarily to boost the communications activities of the association through its Wildfire magazine, online media and a range of conferences.

It is through our longstanding links with the IAWF that the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is hosting the 5th International Fire Behaviour and Fuels conference in Melbourne next month. Just to make things interesting, the conference is also being held in Portland, Oregon, on the same dates. We are doing our best to make this a genuinely joint effort by sharing some of the presentations over livestream (where time zones permit), sharing a website of resources, and a joint post conference publication.

Registrations are still open for the conference, workshops and two field trips.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC colours will be flying high at both conferences, promoting the current research program at both venues to several hundred people keen to learn about the latest science in their fields.

And that’s exactly our approach with a series of conferences and other events in other interested communities over the year.

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