The Institution of Fire Engineers has announced its 2014 IFE Australia Conference will be held at the Novotel Manly Pacific hotel in the northern Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. The Institution is now calling for paper submissions ahead of presentations being made on the 27 and 28 March 2014.

A dual-stream conference event has been programmed to strategically accommodate the unique interests across the IFE membership and its guests. The theme of the conference is designed to attract the very best international and local speakers from across both the professional fire engineering and professional fire services fields.

The benefit of ‘building big’ is the ability to accommodate the needs of our rapidly growing population in Australia. The conference theme addresses emergency evacuation and crisis management associated with places where people both work and live, but it also applies to high-density transport and associated infrastructure between work and home.

As we build our tunnels longer, our mines deeper, our buildings taller, our suburbs further away, our ships larger and our aircraft wider - the technical requirements of emergency evacuation of large numbers of occupants challenges the imagination of our fire engineers in design and our operational practitioners in crisis management.

IFE Australia invites high quality papers and presentations from across the fields of engineering, operations and academia that clearly address the topic of emergency evacuation or crisis management.

The theme context is quite open, so could apply to commercial, industrial, mining, urban, transport by air, sea, road or rail, areas potentially affected by natural events, such as bushfire or flood or more specific infrastructure, such as jails and hospitals.

Papers must be original and not have been previously presented at a conference or as a magazine or journal article. All papers will be peer reviewed by the IFE Technical Committee.

Abstracts and Author Biographies with photo are required by no later than 12th of September 2013 and will be emailed to The National Secretary IFE Australia at

Authors are required to nominate which presentation stream (Engineering or Operations) and their target Session (1.1 to 2.4) in the email and on the abstract heading - click here for further details.

Authors will be advised of acceptance of their abstracts by 30th September 2013 and will be asked to provide a draft full paper by 30th October 2013.

The IFE Technical Committee will provide authors an opportunity to refine the draft technical paper before the final paper is due on 31st January 2014.

Click here to download your submission form.