11th Symposium | RegistrationReviewer Instructions |Call for Papers Paper Template Call for Posters & Images | Paper Submission

NEW: the first stage of the review process is now completed. Authors who are invited to submit a revised version of their paper (September 30 deadline) should follow the instructions available here before re-submitting their paper.

Please review the complete Author Instructions document before submitting your paper.

You are invited to submit a contribution that advances scientific understanding and/or presents new ideas in the entire spectrum of fire safety science. The topic areas include:

  • Ignition, Flame Spread
  • Compartment Fire Dynamics
  • Fire Chemistry and Toxic Hazards
  • Flame Retardants and Advanced Materials
  • Structural Fire Performance
  • Smoke Control and Detection
  • Suppression
  • Forest (wildland) fires
  • Explosions and Industrial Fires
  • Fire Risk Analysis and Statistics
  • Evacuation and Human Behavior
  • Fire Safety and Sustainable Design
  • Special Applications (Codes and Standards; Fire Safety Management; Fire Safety and Security; Fire Forensics)

Full papers and poster abstracts will be accepted on the basis of their quality and originality in the science of fire safety and its applications. Routine applications of established knowledge and case studies with no generalized results are not appropriate for the Symposium. Refer to prior Symposium proceedings for further information on the scope of contributed papers (http://www.iafss.org/publications).

All accepted and presented papers will be included in the Symposium Proceeding, Fire Safety Science, and will be electronically published by IAFSS (http://www.iafss.org/publications). All papers will have DOI’s assigned and will be part of the CrossRef system, including citation indexing. This assures the best possible dissemination of the contributions and assures that citations of the papers will be fully recognized.


Papers: Must be original work. The same paper must not have been submitted to another forum.

Style: All papers must be in English. Detailed information for authors on style, including paper length, format, etc, and a paper template are available in the Call for Papers and Paper Template webpage. The Symposium offers an English mentoring program. However, the mentoring service will be provided on the basis of technical merit of the paper and the reviewers’ recommendation. Poorly written papers will not be considered.

Page Limit: Full paper: 14 pages, Poster abstract: 1 page

Graphics: (including photographs) should be black and white as the proceedings will be printed in black and white. Resolution should be at least 600 DPI

Footnotes: Do not include footnotes.

KeywordsAt least 3 keywords are to be given with all letters in lower case and not bold. Careful consideration should be given to selection of keywords as they will be used to generate the Keywords Index for the proceedings volume. A list of suggested keywords is provided at the end of this page. It is recommended that you select at least one of these words. If you already have a keyword that has the same meaning as one of the words on this list, use the word provided on the list. The editor may suggest alternative keywords to those selected by authors if there is an equivalent word already in the suggested list.

Oral Presentation: Oral presentation of the paper at the Symposium must be made by an author.

Review Process

Submitted full papers will receive at least two independent peer reviews. Reviewers will be appointed by members of the Program Committee. Final acceptance or rejection of a manuscript will be made by the 11th Symposium Program Committee.

Authors will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by August 15, 2013. Notification will include reviewers’ comments, detailed style guidelines for the final version of the paper for publication, and the deadline for delivering a final version in which all reviewers’ comments have been addressed (September 30, 2013). The Proceedings will include all accepted papers that are presented by an author at the Symposium provided that reviewer comments are addressed and the final versions are approved by the Program Committee Chairs (15 October 2013), and the final photo-ready paper is submitted to the Proceedings Editors by 30 November 2013.

Submitting Your Full Paper

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the Paper Submission web page located on the IAFSS website.

The submission deadline for papers is May 15, 2013. Papers submitted after May 30, 2013, will not be considered. Papers submitted between May 15 and 30 will be reviewed; however, timely submissions will be given preference in determining acceptance.


Submitting Your Poster Abstract

Call for Posters is available, which provides details on poster abstract requirements. Posters may describe work in progress, or completed projects. To assure the inclusion of recent research, the submission deadline for poster abstracts is 31 October 2013. Poster abstracts will be reviewed by the 11th Symposium Program Committee.

11th IAFSS Symposium Timeline

Full Papers

May 15, 2013 – Submission deadline for full papers
August 15, 2013 – Letter to authors announcing paper acceptance/declination
September 30, 2013 – Deadline for submission of the revised paper and the rebuttal
October 15, 2013 – Deadline for technical approval of the final manuscript by Program Committee
November 30, 2013 – Final submission deadline for photo-ready copy


January 2013 – Call for poster abstracts
October 31, 2013 – Submission deadline for poster abstracts
November 30, 2013 – Poster acceptance/declination
January 2014 – Poster submission for web posting


January 2014 – web publication of all papers and posters
February 10-14, 2014 – 11th IAFSS Symposium

Symposium Chair

Professor W-K Chow, Hong Kong Polytechnic U, China

Symposium Host Committee Chair

Professor C Fleischmann, U Canterbury, New Zealand

Symposium Proceedings Editors

Professor P van Hees, Lund U, Sweden
Dr R Jansson, SP Fire Technology, Sweden
Professor D Nilsson, Lund U, Sweden

Symposium Awards Committee

Mr D Brein, Chair, Karlsruhe IT, Germany
Dr C Beyler, Hughes Associates, USA
Professor M Delichatsios, U Ulster, UK
Dr M Spearpoint, U Canterbury, New Zealand
Professor T Tanaka, Kyoto U, Japan

Symposium English Language Mentoring Program

Dr R Alpert, Alpert Fire Protection Science, USA

Symposium Program Committee

Dr Y He, Chair, U Western Sydney, Australia
Professor A Trouvé, Co-Chair, U Maryland, USA
Dr P Tofilo, Poster Chair, Main School of Fire Service, Poland
Professor J Capote, Workshop Chair, U Cantabria, Spain
Professor B Merci, Workshop Chair, U Ghent, Belgium


Professor A Buchanan, U Canterbury, New Zealand
Professor W K Chow, Hong Kong Polytechnic U, China
Professor B Dlugogorski, U Newcastle, Australia
Professor R Dobashi, U Tokyo, Japan
Professor N K Fong, Hong Kong Polytechnic U, China
Professor M Fontana, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Professor E Galea, U Greenwich, UK
Professor G Hadjisophocleous, Carleton U, Canada
Dr I Hagiwara, Building Research Institute, Japan
Dr S Hostikka, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland
Professor Y Hu, U Science Technology China, China
Dr H Ingason, SP Fire Technology, Sweden
Professor B Kandola, U Bolton, UK
Professor V Kodur, Michigan State U, USA
Dr E Kuligowski, National Institute Standards Technology, USA
Professor B Lattimer, Virginia Tech, USA
Dr G Linteris, National Institute Standards Technology, USA
Professor N Liu, U Science Technology China, China
Professor A Marshall, U Maryland, USA
Professor B Meacham, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Professor V Molkov, U Ulster, UK
Professor Y Nakamura, Hokkaido U, Japan
Professor V Novozhilov, U Ulster, UK
Dr E Oran, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Professor B Porterie, IUSTI Marseille, France
Professor A Rangwala, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Dr G Rein, Imperial College London, UK
Professor C Shen-Wen, Central Police U, Taiwan
Professor A Simeoni, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Dr M Simonson McNamee, SP Fire Technology, Sweden
Dr M Spearpoint, U Canterbury, New Zealand
Dr A Stec, U Central Lancashire, UK
Professor S Stoliarov, U Maryland, USA
Professor T Tanaka, Kyoto U, Japan
Professor J Torero, U Queensland, Australia
Professor S Tzu-Sheng, Central Police U, Taiwan
Dr C Wieczorek, FM Global, USA
Dr J Yang, National Institute Standards Technology, USA
Professor B Yao, U Science Technology China, China

For more information regarding the program of the upcoming Symposium, please contact Professor Yaping He (Program Committee Chair) at [email protected] or Professor Arnaud Trouve (Program Committee Co-Chair) at [email protected].


Suggested Keywords (see above):

  • fire chemistry
  • modeling
  • human behavior
  • risk assessment
  • performance-based design
  • statistics
  • structural response
  • structural design
  • suppression
  • detection
  • forensics
  • smoke management
  • flame spread
  • fire growth
  • compartment fires
  • heat transfer
  • fluid dynamics
  • CFD
  • wildfires
  • explosion
  • ignition
  • smoke
  • toxicity
  • self-heating
  • heat release rate
  • human factors
  • response patterns
  • egress
  • hazard evaluation
  • reliability
  • compartmentalization
  • protection of steel
  • protection of concrete
  • protection of wood
  • fire investigation
  • transportation fires
  • industrial fires