The Combustion Institute
Quarterly newsletter for the advancement of combustion science

Vol. 8, No. 2 - April 2023
Update from the President

Greetings! As we enter the second quarter of 2023, the combustion community is active and thriving. This newsletter contains a record number of events and announcements. By now many of you have heard about the modifications being made to the review process for the 40th International Symposium. After significant consultation and review, the Program Co-Chairs, in conjunction with the Executive Committee of The Combustion Institute, have revised the selection and processing of symposium submissions.

The changes are motivated by the desire to maintain the high quality of accepted submissions, while accommodating an increasing number of submissions and broadening the scope of materials at the symposium. These adjustments will also allow for greater participation from industry and other underrepresented groups. More information is available in the recently published Call for Papers. 

The local planning committee is busy scouting the final venues for the meeting events. Efforts are being made to provide various pre-meeting workshops and events. A recent visit to the convention center confirms the site is a great venue to accommodate our members and presentations. Milan offers something for everyone, from traditional to modern, in architecture, art, food, and more.

We offer congratulations to our newest Fellows of The Combustion Institute, as well as the two recipients of the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award. For more information on these achievements, past and upcoming events, and more, read on.

-Philippe Dagaut 
President, The Combustion Institute
CI Announcements
2023 Fellows of The Combustion Institute Announced
This year's distinguished class of fifteen Fellows of The Combustion Institute has been revealed. This honorific title is given to individuals who are deemed to have made outstanding contributions to combustion, whether in research or in applications. For more information about the Fellows program and the 2023 honorees, click here.
2023 Hiroshi Tsuji Award Winners Announced
Dr. Jacqueline O'Connor and Dr. Wenting Sun have been named the recipients of the 2023 Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award. The selection committee, co-chaired by CI President Philippe Dagaut and Elsevier Executive Publisher Kathleen Ahamed-Broadhurst, were tasked with selecting the winners from a field of exceptional candidates. More on the winners here.
CI Summer School Call for Proposals

We encourage universities, Combustion Institute Sections, and other qualified organizations to submit a proposal for the CI Summer School Program. Guidelines for submitting a proposal can be found on the CI website summer schools page. The deadline for proposals to host 2024 CI-SS programs is 31 May 2023.

Call for Site Bids for 42nd Symposium

Site proposals for the 42nd International Symposium on Combustion will be collected through 31 January 2024. We encourage all Section Leaders and CI members to submit site proposals in accordance with the defined guidelines. More information can be found on the Resources page of the CI website. Questions regarding the procedure can be directed to 

CI Events
40 Under 40: E-Lecture Series on Combustion
The Belgian Section of the Combustion Institute is organizing this lecture series featuring 40 young scientists and engineers who have done high-quality research in combustion. The next lecture will be held via Zoom on 21 April 2023. More information can be found here. 
11th European Combustion Meeting
ECM 2023, organized by the French Section of The Combustion Institute, will take place between 26-28 April 2023 in Rouen, France. ECM is a forum for knowledge transfer in the field of combustion and related scientific and technological disciplines between academic researchers, graduate students and combustion professionals, aiming ultimately to promote combustion research in Europe. Read more here. 
14th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion
The 14th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion (ASPACC 2023) will be hosted by the Chinese Taipei Section of The Combustion Institute and held in Taiwan from 14-18 May 2023. The event provides a forum for the community to share new ideas and the latest achievements on fundamental aspects as well as applications of combustion science and technology. Read more about the event here.
Joint Meeting of the Belgian and Italian Sections of The Combustion Institute: Combustion for Energy Transition and Sustainable Mobility
To be held in Florence, Italy from 28-31 May 2023, the Joint Meeting of the Belgian and Italian Sections of the CI aims to allow the exchange of expertise and discussion between scientists and technologists working in the field of combustion. More information can be found here.
Summer School on Fire Safety Science - Wildland/WUI Fire Behavior
This program will bring together graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-career researchers and engineers, engaged in fire science, as well as distinguished instructors from leading higher-education institutions and research programs in fire safety around the world. It will be held at the University of Maryland from 5-9 June 2023. Read more here.
First International OpenFOAM Combustion Workshop

The First International OpenFOAM Combustion Workshop will be held on 19-20 June 2023 in Chongqing, China. More information can be found here.

15th International Conference on Combustion Technologies for a Clean Environment (Clean Air 2023)
Clean Air 2023 will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 25-29 June 2023. The conference will address topics such as reaction kinetics, pollutant formation and control, combustion diagnostics, computational methods, turbulent combustion, and more. Read more here.
2023 Princeton-Combustion Institute Summer School on Combustion and the Environment

The Princeton CI Summer School provides the next generation of combustion researchers with comprehensive knowledge in the technical areas of combustion theory, chemistry, experiment, computation and applications. It will be held from 25-30 June 2023 at Princeton University. Read more here.

9th International Combustion Institute Winter School

This school, hosted by the Brazilian Combustion Network, will be held 9-14 July 2023 in Joinville, SC, Brazil. The aim of this event is to provide intensive educational experience from experts in the topics of combustion chemical kinetics and multi-physics phenomena, including catalytic combustion and plasma assisted combustion, to the future leaders in the combustion and energy fields. Read more about the event here.

2023 Tsinghua-Princeton-Combustion Institute Summer School on Combustion

The mission of Tsinghua-Princeton-CI Summer School, scheduled for 10-14 July 2023 at Tsinghua University in China, is to provide the next generation of combustion researchers, engineers and technologists with a comprehensive fundamental knowledge of the fluid mechanics and chemical kinetics of reacting flows, for application in issues related to energy and the environment. More information can be found here.

International Symposium on Combustion
40th ISOC Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the CI's 40th ISOC has been released. Program Co-Chairs (PCCs), Bassam Dally and José L. Torero have led the process to form the foundation of a successful symposium. The CI’s 40th International Symposium will convene at the Allianz MiCo Congress Center in Milan, Italy from 21-26 July 2024. You can find more information about the colloquia, new procedures, and more here.

International Symposium Invited Speakers
The Program Co-Chairs are in the process of finalizing the selection of the invited speakers for the 40th Symposium. Throughout symposium week, experts in their respective fields will deliver plenary lectures and topical reviews on advancements in combustion science. The symposium will open with the Hottel Lecture given by Prof. Heinz Pitsch. A full list of the invited speakers and their topics will be available soon. 
Proceedings of The Combustion Institute (PROCI) Update
The long-awaited Volume 39 of The Proceedings of The Combustion Institute is slated for compilation at the end of April. Many thanks to everyone for your patience. Special thanks to the Editorial Board; Editors, Dan Haworth and Terese Løvås; Elsevier Publisher, Kathleen Ahamed-Broadhurst and Journal Manager, Emma Pendle. Congratulations to the authors who contributed to the Volume.
Distinguished Papers Selected
The Distinguished Papers from the 39th Symposium in Vancouver have been selected. Free online access to these papers will be made available on Science Direct through the end of 2023. We thank Elsevier for supporting the promotion of these featured papers. To view the video presentations of these papers, please visit the presentations and videos page on the CI website.
The Silver Medal Award selection committee now has the challenging task of reviewing these papers and selecting a Silver Medal awardee. The announcement of the Silver Medal Award will be made at the 40th Symposium in Milan, Italy in 2024. 
Advancements in Combustion

CI Member Serves as Editor of New Book

CI Member Kenneth Brezinsky served as the editor of the recently-published book, Combustion Chemistry and the Carbon Neutral Future.
CI Member to Give Keynote Speech

Dr. Kelly Senecal will deliver a keynote address at SAE International’s 2023 World Congress Experience (WCX) on alternative fuels, the case for diversity in transportation technologies, and more. Dr. Senecal also delivered the opening plenary at the recent 13th U.S. National Combustion Meeting held at Texas A&M University.

CI Members Win Award for Innovative Research Project

CI members Mr. Mathis Bode and Prof. Heinz Pitsch, together with Prof. Thomas Lippert, received an RWTH Aachen University Innovation Award for their research project JuLES (JUelich Large-Eddy Simulation). You can learn more about the project here.

Dr. Volker Sick Receives ASME Edwin F. Church Award
Dr. Volker Sick was recently awarded the ASME Edwin F. Church Award for “pioneering contributions to mechanical engineering education through high-impact experiential learning programs that broaden students’ disciplinary, cultural, and moral understanding.”
Dr. Ronald K. Hanson Awarded Julius Springer Prize
Dr. Ronald K. Hanson received the Julius Springer Prize from Springer Publishing, for his work in Applied Physics. Dr. Hanson is being recognized for "pioneering work on laser-based diagnostic methods for combustion and propulsion."
Funding Opportunity for CI Members
The Combustion Institute would like to make its members aware of a funding opportunity through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). More information is available here.
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In Memoriam
The Combustion Institute honors the accomplishments of the late scientific leaders who have made significant contributions for the advancement of many diverse communities around the world. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of Prof. Mohamed Sassi.
Prof. Mohamed Sassi passed away on 6 March 2023.
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