The number of Special Sessions is limited and will be evaluated for inclusion based on likely degree of interest, uniqueness of topic, and whether the session fits in the allowed time slots.  AFE will contact proposers of special sessions with similar topics or themes to determine if those proposals can be merged.  Organizers are not restricted to the overall theme of the Fire Congress, nor the main topics listed on the Fire Congress webpage, but we encourage such proposals, and we are very interested in international Special Session proposals.

Special Session coordinators can choose from 1, 2, 3, or 4 consecutive time blocks of 1 hour and 40 minutes each, which could be spread across two afternoons.  Blocks will be broken up by breaks (midday breaks are 30 minutes, lunch is 90 minutes).  Each block could have five 20 minute slots, or talks could be arranged as long or short as you wish, and could include speakers, panels, discussions, or Q&A, as long as sessions start and end in alignment with the rest of the program’s break schedule.  Unlike in years past, AFE will not fill slots in Special Sessions when planned speakers are unable to attend; it will be up to the Special Session organizer to fill all the time in their session.  Special Sessions can be followed with “Interactive Fire Circles” (see separate registration form) to continue important discussions and/or work on synthesis projects.  Please identify whether you would like your special session to be coupled with a Fire Circle and complete that form as well.

Special Session Proposals are due by April 1, 2017; organizers will be notified of acceptance by May 15, 2017. 

Once a Special Session has been accepted, the organizer will contact their speakers and let them know that they must submit an abstract for their presentation on the Fire Congress website’s abstract submission form by the August 1 presentation submission deadline.  Special Session organizers will be responsible for reviewing the abstracts and informing their speakers of acceptance or rejection.   Also, they should let their presenters know that they are not considered "invited speakers" of AFE, and will therefore not be reimbursed by the Fire Congress nor have their registration fees waived.  Each special session presenter will need to register for the day(s) when they are giving their talks.

If the Special Session is not accepted, or if some presentations fail to submit abstracts, then the organizer and individual speakers will be encouraged to submit their own abstracts for general consideration as oral or poster presentations.  Both Special Session and general session presentations will be in rooms with theatre-style seating holding 30-100 participants.

* Session Coordinator Contact Information

* Special Session Title

* Brief abstract for the Special Session

* Do you have a Day Preference? Choose as many days as you'd like.

* Special Session coordinators can choose from 1, 2, 3, or 4 consecutive time blocks of 1 hour and 40 minutes each, which could be spread across two afternoons.
How many total presentation blocks are you planning for?

* Special Sessions can be followed with “Interactive Fire Circles” (see separate registration form) to continue important discussions and/or work on synthesis projects. This would involve relocating to a different room set in roundtables. Please identify whether you would like your special session to be coupled with a Fire Circle and complete that form as well.  Check the box below if you plan to hold a Fire Circle following your Special Session.

* Tentative Design: What will each Special Session block look like?  Please describe your format and list all invited participants.  Note: We understand that the Presenter Titles are subject to change as the session comes together and as speakers develop their presentations.

* Presentation 1

* Presentation 2

* Presentation 3

* Presentation 4

* Presentation 5

* Presentation 6

* Presentation 7

* Presentation 8

* Presentation 9

* Presentation 10

* Presentation 11

* Presentation 12

* Presentation 13

* Presentation 14

* Presentation 15

* Presentation 16

* Presentation 17

* Presentation 18

* Presentation 19

* Presentation 20

* Is there anything else you want us to know?

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