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The Call for Papers for the 37th International Symposium on Combustion has been released. Program Co-Chairs (PCCs) Heinz Pitsch, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and Hai Wang, Stanford University, United States, have led the process to form the foundation of a successful symposium. The paper submission process, combustion colloquium categories, and each colloquium team is 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.

Paper submissions must be received by the deadline of 23:59 PST, 30 November 2017. Authors will be notified of acceptance of their papers for presentation at the symposium no later than the week of 2 April 2018.

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 A full-length paper is not required, and WiPPs will not be published in the Proceedings of The Combustion Institute.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, 26 April 2018. Authors will be notified of decisions concerning WiPPs no later than the week of 21 May 2018.

The paper and WiPP selection process can be reviewed in the Call for Papers. In the coming months, paper and WiPP submission instructions will be provided, and the symposium website will host more information about registration, local arrangements and attractions, and travel accommodations.


Colloquia Descriptions

A total of 13 colloquium categories will be addressed at the 37th International Symposium on Combustion. Authors must indicate a choice of colloquium with their submissions.

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 Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions 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.

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).

Other 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 37th International Symposium on Combustion will convene in Dublin, Ireland from Sunday, 29 July through Friday, 3 August 2018. 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, Dublin 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.

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