Fire expertise honours global links

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researcher Dr Kevin Tolhurst has been recognised for his long and outstanding career as a fire scientist by the International Association of Wildland Fire.

The award was presented at the IAWF’s 5th International Fire Behaviour and Fuels conference in mid-April, which was held concurrently in both Melbourne and Portland, Oregon. The conference was hosted in Melbourne by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.

Dr Tolhurst, from the University of Melbourne, was given the Ember Award for sustained achievement in wildland fire science.

A joint panel discussion between experts in Australia and the US on managing vegetation to reduce fire risk was a highlight of the conference, with live streaming technology utilised to bring together speakers and delegates from both locations. In conjunction with the conference, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has hosted leading fire social scientist Dr Sarah McCaffery, from the US Forest Service, who gave talks on her research to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC partners in Sydney and Melbourne.

Dr Kevin Tolhurst (left) receives the Ember Award from IAWF Vice-President Alen Slijepcevic.