The 2nd Asia-Pacific Combustion Institute Summer School (APCISS-2) on Fundamental Combustion Problems in Outdoor Fires, hosted by the Chilean Section of The Combustion Institute, took place in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile, from 4-9 December 2022. 

The school brought together graduate students, postdocs, faculty members, and industrial researchers from over 15 different countries in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Participants were able to attend live lectures, workshops, and social events that allowed them to interact with lecturers, learn about each other’s work, and strengthen relations.

APCISS2 Attendees

The academic program consisted of lectures surrounding topics relevant for wildland fires, such as Introduction to Fundamental Combustion Challenges, Fire Dynamics, Non-Homogeneous Gas-Solid Interactions, Combustion Chemistry, Radiative Heat Transfer, Soot Production, Experimental Insight into Flames, Wildland Fire Dynamics, Fire Risk Management at the WUI, and Flammability Testing. The lectures provided participants useful insights for their research, while two workshop sessions introduced them into topics of experimentation and fire modeling. Simultaneously, students participating in the event were also able to present to and get feedback from faculty during an afternoon dedicated to a poster session. 


Overall, APCISS-2 was a great success for the organizers, attendees, and the CI Summer School program as a whole. Thank you to Dr. Maria Thomsen for providing the written summary of the event, and to the organizers for their dedication and contributions to the combustion science community.