2021 Annual Conference & Expo Call for Abstracts


Abstract Submission Deadline: July 9, 2021
Conference Dates: October 17-19, 2021
Location: Baltimore, Maryland

The SFPE Annual Conference is the premier gathering of leaders in the Fire Protection and Fire Safety Engineering industry. As we enter the next decade of the 2000s, SFPE is looking for individuals to present on topics that will lead our industry and society into 2021. Below are the 20 identified topics we are soliciting for the 2021 Conference.

To help us with planning, we ask that you please indicate into which of the following track topics that your proposed presentation best fits. Some of these topics have specific examples listed below which have been highlighted to further encourage topics:


Preferred Topics

Human Behavior & Evacuation Modelling

Demographics: Vulnerable Populations; Cultural Differences; Anthropometry

Design egress scenarios

Evacuation Strategies

Building Fire/Building Design

Revit and 3D Building Design (BIM)

High-Rise Building Design/Mass Timber/Facades

PBD and Risk-Based Approach Fire Protection Design

Commissioning and Maintaining Complex Buildings and Life Safety Systems

Success Summary with Mid-Rise Wood Frame Structure


Environmental impact of fire and fire suppression systems

Impact of Climate Change on Fire Safety

Evaluation of life expectancy for fire protection systems

Fire Dynamics

Practical models for: extinction and reignition; under ventilated combustion; glass breakage; deflagrations/detonations

Large compartment fires

Ignition Frequencies

Fire Service

Smart Firefighting: IoT integration; mechanical augmentation; fire department communication with BIM

Wild fire/Urban Fire Fighting – Changes in Patters

Fire Detection and Communication with Emergency Planning Process

Fire Safety Systems

Impact of ITM on requirements for system reliability

Protecting Storage with modern materials/Automated Storage Occupancies

New Systems and Technology

Risk-Based Approach to Achieving Acceptable Safety


Improved guidance for quantifying measurement and calculation uncertainty

Persistence of burn patterns under different compartment conditions

“New Normal”

FPE industry dealing with COVID/post-COVID

Emerging Hazards (hydrogen, Li-Ion, Cannabis Extraction, etc.) or Wildfire Hazards

New Technologies/Smart Technology/BIM

Professional Practice

Business & Ownership in Consulting

Engineering Ethics and Responsibility of the FPE

Navigating mid-level career paths

Navigating Roles evolving roles of FPEs, Insurers, and Architects within the regulatory system

Submission Requirements

Presentation abstracts should provide sufficient detail regarding scope, results, and applications to determine the quality and applicability of the engineering concepts that would be presented. If your presentation is accepted, the description you provide below will be used for marketing the event and published in the conference program. Additional supplementary references beyond the listed word count may be included. Presentations must be noncommercial in nature. Total presentation time would be 25 minutes, comprised of 20 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions and answers. Presentations will be recorded and made available online as part of the conference proceedings.

The conference is scheduled to be held virtually on October 17-19, 2021.

Complete this form and submit Abstracts with a digital head shot of the presenters to: lguerrazzi@sfpe.org no later than July 9, 2021