The Call for Papers for the 38th International Symposium on Combustion has been released. Program Co-Chairs (PCCs) Tim Lieuwen of Georgia Institute of Technology, United States, and Fei Qi of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, have led the process to form the foundation of a successful symposium. The paper submission process, combustion colloquium categories, and colloquium teams are now set for the symposium.

The selection of papers for presentation and publication is based on the quality and scientific rigor of the submissions evaluated in a peer-review process. Authors are highly encouraged to provide assessment of experimental/numerical uncertainty and its impact on the interpretation of results and conclusions. With their submission, authors must also indicate a choice of colloquium.

Paper submissions must be received by the deadline of 23:59 PST, 07 November 2019. Authors will be notified of acceptance of their papers for presentation at the symposium no later than the week of 02 March 2020.

Work-in-Progress Poster (WiPP) sessions will be scheduled to run concurrently with oral presentations of accepted papers. Selection of WiPPs are determined on the basis of a one-page abstract. A full-length paper is not required, and WiPPs will not be published in the Proceedings of The Combustion Institute.

WiPP abstract submissions must be received by the deadline of 23:59 PST, 15 April 2020. Authors will be notified of decisions concerning WiPPs during the week of 22 April 2020.

The paper and WiPP selection process can be reviewed in the Call for Papers. In the coming months, the symposium website will host more information about symposium registration, local arrangements and attractions, and travel accommodations. An announcement will be issued when the sites are open for submissions.


Colloquia Descriptions

A total of 13 colloquium categories will be addressed at the 38th Symposium on Combustion:

GAS-PHASE REACTION KINETICS including the kinetics of hydrocarbons and oxygenated fuels, formation of gaseous pollutants, elementary reactions, mechanism generation, reduction and uncertainty quantification

SOOT, NANOMATERIALS, AND LARGE MOLECULES including the formation, growth, and destruction of soot, PAHs, carbon nanostructures, and other nanoscale materials

DIAGNOSTICS including the development and application of diagnostic techniques and sensors for the understanding and control of combustion and reacting flow phenomena

LAMINAR FLAMES including their ignition, structure, propagation, extinction, stabilization, dynamics, and instabilities

TURBULENT FLAMES including their ignition, structure, propagation, extinction, stabilization, dynamics, and instabilities

SPRAY, DROPLET, AND SUPERCRITICAL COMBUSTION including atomization, combustion of droplets, sprays, and supercritical fluids

DETONATIONS, EXPLOSIONS, AND SUPERSONIC COMBUSTION including flame acceleration, DDT, and pulse-detonation-, constant volume combustion-, and scramjet-engines

SOLID FUEL COMBUSTION including fundamental aspects related to pyrolysis, oxidation, gasification, and ash formation from coal, biomass, and wastes, as well as combustion of propellants and metals

FIRE RESEARCH including fundamental aspects of ignition, burning, spread and suppression of fire, as well as applications to building fire and urban/wildland fire safety

STATIONARY COMBUSTION SYSTEMS AND LOW CARBON COMBUSTION TECHNOLOGIES including combustion in stationary power generation, fluidized beds, incineration, utility boilers, industrial applications, NOx and SOx reduction, MILD combustion, oxy-fuel combustion, chemical looping, and CO2 capture

RECIPROCATING INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES including device-specific aspects of fuels research, emissions, direct injection, and combustion dynamics (e.g. ignition, quenching)

GAS TURBINE AND ROCKET ENGINE COMBUSTION including propulsion and power generation, as well as device-specific aspects of fuels research, emissions, stability, and combustion dynamics (e.g. ignition, quenching, thermoacoustics)

NEW CONCEPTS including assisted combustion (plasmas, electric and magnetic fields), catalysis, fuel synthesis and transformation, micro-channel reactors, integrated process intensification, fuel cells, and electrolysis


The 38th International Symposium on Combustion will convene in Adelaide, Australia from Sunday, 12 July through Friday, 17 July 2020. The biennial symposium provides a scientific venue for sharing ideas and experiences on the development and applications of combustion science. As an internationally recognized city, Adelaide offers our combustion community world-class opportunities to interact with scientists and companies in an exciting and dynamic environment.

Questions regarding the symposium may be directed to: office@combustioninstitute.org.