A Brief History of The Combustion Institute

The history leading to the establishment of The Combustion Institute dates back to the early 1900s. The need for fundamental understanding of combustion processes became evident in the dawn of major development in automotive engines, fuels, and aviation. Scientists and practitioners in combustion-related fields gathered in 1928 for the first combustion symposium in Swampscott, MA. Affiliated with the American Chemical Society at the time, the venue enabled participants to exchange ideas and share scientific results over a range of topics in combustion science.

A series of national and international combustion symposia that followed solidified and strengthened an active international combustion research community. During the Fifth International Symposium held in 1954 at the University of Pittsburgh, Bernard Lewis and Hoyt Hottel, among others, led the incorporation of The Combustion Institute as a scientific society. Today, The Combustion Institute consists of 35 affiliated sections around the world.

Since its founding, The Combustion Institute has made a profound impact on the advancement of combustion science and the discovery of cleaner and more efficient energy conversion processes. For almost a century, combustion science has been an imperative field of study that cuts across many scientific and engineering disciplines.

As a non-profit, scientific and engineering society, The Combustion Institute promotes research activities in all areas of combustion science and its related fields, including clean energy conversion and propulsion. Dissemination of research findings and education initiatives are conducted through the biennial International Symposium on Combustion, regional and national conferences and meetings, Combustion-Institute Summer-Schools, and the publication of CI’s  journals, Combustion and Flame and Proceedings of The Combustion Institute. Affiliated journals include Progress in Energy and Combustion ScienceCombustion Science and Technologyand Combustion Theory and Modeling.


The International Symposium on Combustion

The International Symposium on Combustion is the world congress and major biennial meeting of The Combustion Institute. Scientists, professors, students, and industrial practitioners from over eighty countries share ideas and experiences on the science and applications of combustion. Symposium participants have the opportunity to attend plenary lectures, topical reviews, oral presentations, work-in-progress posters (WiPPs) presentations, and industry perspective presentations.

Below is a list of past symposia and program co-chairs, who were instrumental in the planning and success of each Symposium. For information regarding the International Symposium on Combustion, please contact office@combustioninstitute.org or refer to the Symposium Materials on the Resources page.


A Brief History of Symposia

Timeline of the biennial International Symposia on Combustion.

37 International Symposium on Combustion
Dublin, Ireland

August 2018
Program Co-Chairs: Heinz Pitsch and Hai Wang

36 International Symposium on Combustion
Coex, Seoul, Korea

August 2016
Program Co-Chairs: Peter Glarborg and Assaad Masri

35 International Symposium on Combustion
San Francisco, California, United States

August 2014
Program Co-Chairs: Suk-Ho Chung and Thierry Poinsot

34 International Symposium on Combustion
Warsaw, Poland

August 2012
Program Chairs: Frédérique Battin-Leclerc, Kaoru Maruta, and Robert Barlow

33 International Symposium on Combustion
Beijing, China

August 2010
Program Co-Chairs: Philippe Dagaut and Paul Ronney

32 International Symposium on Combustion
Montreal, Canada

August 2008
Program Co-Chairs: Mitch Smooke and Hideaki Kobayashi

31 International Symposium on Combustion
Heidelberg, German

August 2006
Program Co-Chairs: Marcus Aldén and Stephen B. Pope

30 International Symposium on Combustion
Chicago, Illinois, United States

July 2004
Program Co-Chairs: Ron Hanson and Peter Lindstedt

29 International Symposium on Combustion
Hokkaido, Japan

July 2002
Program Co-Chairs: Jurgen Troe and Forman A. Williams

28 International Symposium on Combustion
Edinburgh, Scotland
August 2000
Program Co-Chairs: James F. Driscoll and Sebastien Candel

27 International Symposium on Combustion
Boulder, Colorado, United States
August 1998
Program Co-Chairs: Donald R. Hardesty and Brian Haynes

26 International Symposium on Combustion
Naples, Italy
August 1996
Program Co-Chairs: Norbert Peters and Charles K. Westbrook

25 International Symposium on Combustion
Irvine, California, United States
August 1994
Program Chair: Elaine S. Oran

24 International Symposium on Combustion
Sydney, Australia
July 1992
Program Chair: Chung K. Law

23 International Symposium on Combustion
Orléans, France

July 1990
Program Chair: Richard G. Gann

22 International Symposium on Combustion
Seattle, Washington, United States

August 1988
Program Chair: Gerard M. Faeth

21 International Symposium on Combustion
Munich, West Germany

August 1986
Program Chair: Daniel J. Seery

20 International Symposium on Combustion
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

August 1984
Program Chair: C.T. Bowman

19 International Symposium on Combustion
Haifa, Israel

August 1982
Program Chair: Jack B. Howard

18 International Symposium on Combustion
Waterloo, Canada
August 1980
Program Chair: Robert M. Fristrom

17 International Symposium on Combustion
Leeds, United Kingdom

August 1978
Program Chair: Roger Strehlow

16 International Symposium on Combustion
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
August 1976
Program Chair: Frederick Kaufman

15 International Symposium on Combustion
Tokyo, Japan
August 1974
Program Chair: William C. Shipman

14 International Symposium on Combustion
State College, Pennsylvania, United States
August 1972
Program Chair: J.P. Longwell

13 International Symposium on Combustion
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
August 1970
Program Chair: Melvin Gerstein

12 International Symposium on Combustion
 Poitiers, France
July 1968
Program Chair: Marjorie W. Evans

11 International Symposium on Combustion
Berkeley, California, United States
August 1966
Program Chair: A.L. Berlad

10 International Symposium on Combustion
Cambridge, England

August 1964
Program Chair: Raymond Friedman

9 International Symposium on Combustion
Ithaca, New York, United States
August 1962
Papers Chair: Walter G. Berl

8 International Symposium on Combustion
Pasadena, California, United States
August 1960
Papers Chair: S. S. Penner

7 International Symposium on Combustion
Oxford, United Kingdom
August 1958
Papers Chair: J.W. Linnett

6 International Symposium on Combustion
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
1956
Papers Chair: Walter T. Olson

5 International Symposium on Combustion
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
August 1954
Papers Co-Chairs: Stewart Way and Glenn C. Williams

4 Symposium on Combustion
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
September 1952
Papers Chair: Stewart Way

3 Symposium on Combustion
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
September 1948
Chair: Bernard Lewis

2 Symposium on Combustion
Rochester, New York
September 1937
Chair: Bernard Lewis

1 Symposium on Combustion
Swampscott, Massachusetts
September 1928
Chair: George Granger Brown