Members Conferences are international meetings organised by the IFRF every three years. Traditionally they are held in Holland and are intended for Members only, although the IFRF and the National Committees have the right to invite special guests.
Flame days are organised by the National Committees for Flame Research associated to the IFRF, and usually address a specific combustion related topic. Such meetings are often organised jointly by two or more national committees. Similarly it is frequently the case that other related organisations such as the national sections of the Combustion Institute, participate in the organisation of these meetings
They are organised typically as International Conferences or Symposia, and are open to all representatives of the full IFRF Membership Network. It is usual that non-IFRF members can apply to participate and to experience the work of the IFRF and its constituent organisations.
The language of Flame Days varies depending upon the organising committees. With Jointly organised Flame Days, English is often adopted as the common language. Where English is not adopted as the conference language, the use of English is generally possible for presentation purposes. Nor is it always the case that continuous translation will be available. The language(s) to be used for a given Flame Days is indicated in the Flame Days announcements.
The papers presented at Flame Days are typically contained in conference proceedings which are made available to all participants.
TOTeMs are international technical meetings organised by IFRF NET. As with Members Conferences, such meetings are intended for Members only, although the IFRF and National Committees respectively have the right to invite or propose special guests.
The objectives for TOTeMs concerning a particular subject relating to combustion, are to determine the "state-of-the-art" with respect to information and developments on that topic, to determine the information requirements of industry, and thus by difference to determine where research is required. These conclusions are relevant to both the IFRF Research Station and the IFRF Members.
The state-of-the-art (information requirements and availability) is determined through:
The Chairman draws the conclusions of the session, which are then published within the Member-Only Domain, as part of the continuing survey: Combustion Trends for the Future.
The invited presentation copies are typically contained in TOTeM proceedings, which are made available to all participants, at the TOTeM itself.
So far the language of TOTeMs has always been English.
Typically the individual National Committees for Flame Research, hold national technical meeting at least annually, where their members and invited guests may present and discuss information relevant to specifically national technical problems.
These meetings are primarily intended for Host National Committee Members - Other IFRF Members may apply to attend.
The operating language for these meetings is that of the National Committee who organised it.
These are meetings which are clearly of interest to IFRF Members, but which are not organised directly by the IFRF or its associated National Committees for Flame Research. In fact it is often the case that someone from the IFRF is associated with the organising committee.
IFRF NET keeps track of such meetings and where it is considered relevant to the stated information requirement of IFRF Members, the NET co-operates in the advertisement of this meeting with the IFRF NET structure.
This Technical Event classification - "Education, Training and Employment Opportunities" - does not deal with "Technical Events" in the general sense this Calendar which deals primarily with Technical Meeting.
However the need for companies, universities and other institutes, operating in the fields of combustion and the environment, to advertise their courses, training, research fellowships and other technical employment opportunities, is of interest to IFRF Member organisations and of course to Individual Members.
Consequently the IFRF have added this classification to the Calendar of Technical Events and such education, training and employment opportunities are presented here against the date of events such as courses, or against the deadline of submission of applications.
Research Prizes are not strictly events in the sense of meetings but nevertheless they are events in terms of promoting high quality research. We see it as part of our task to bring these prize events to the notice of the IFRF Research Community through the Calendar of Technical Events.
Good administration is an essential foundation of running a successful technical organisation. The IFRF is governed by the Joint Committee and its executive body the Monitoring Council.
Each of the National Committee for Flame Research has its own administrative bodies, depending upon their statutes and/or bylaws.
This section includes the calendar Administrative Meetings. They are often held adjacent to technical meetings.
Entry into these meeting are generally by invitation only and the proceedings are confidential to the members.