The Combustion Institute
Quarterly newsletter for the advancement of combustion science

Vol. 5, No. 4 - October 2020

President's Welcome
We are happy to send you this newsletter which we hope will find you in good health. While waiting for the 38th International Symposium in Adelaide in January, preparations for the 39th International Symposium have already started with program co-chairs Bénédicte Cuenot and Nils Hansen. Most of the papers accepted to appear in the Proceedings in early 2021 are online or have gone into production. Below are several announcements which show that The Combustion Institute continues to be active in these difficult times.

CI Announcements and Events

Call for Nominations: Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award
The Call for Nominations has been released for the sixth annual Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award. Sponsored by The Combustion Institute and Elsevier, the award recognizes up to two early career researchers who have made a significant contribution to advance their field of research within four to ten years of completing their doctoral degree or equivalent. More information about the award and past recipients can be found hereNominations must be received by 23:59 EST on 15 November 2020.

Fellows of The Combustion Institute Nominations Update
Submissions are now closed for the 2021 Fellows of The Combustion Institute. Thank you to those who submitted nomination packages. The Fellows Selection Committee will begin the important task of reviewing the excellent nomination packages, and those elected will be notified in early 2021. Read more about the Fellows Program here.

PROCI Publication Update
Final publication details are nearing completion and the last accepted papers have entered production. The editors will soon compile the Table of Contents, which will undergo an exhaustive round of proofing by the CI Office. Over 532 papers already appear on ScienceDirect.

Colour figures contained in your paper will appear in colour in the online version, free of charge. If you desire any figures to appear in colour in the print version, please send a message to and specify which figures will require color.

40th Symposium Site Selected
The Combustion Institute Board of Directors and Site Selection Committee are excited to announce that the 40th International Symposium on Combustion will be held in Milan, Italy in July 2024. Read more about the selection process here.

The Combustion Institute History of Symposia
The Combustion Institute is excited to share the updates that have recently been made to the History page of the CI website. These updates include a more accessible and appealing display of past Symposia. Be sure to visit the updated page here.

Follow CI on Instagram and have your images featured on the CI account! Submissions are welcome at The photo to the left shows a scientist observing a laboratory scale fire whirl generated by a heptane pool fire enclosed in a glass enclosure open at the top and with gaps at each of the four enclosure corners. Collaborators: Francesco Restuccia, Nieves Fernandez-Anez, Guillermo Rein (Hazelab, Imperial College London). 
Call for Educational Materials
As we work to enhance the Educational Materials page of The Combustion Institute website to educate future generations of combustion scientists, we call on you to submit any materials that you think would be beneficial to include on this page. Please email questions or submissions to

Low-Carbon Combustion Joint Meeting of the French and British Sections of The Combustion Institute

This is an event dedicated to combustion science compliant with low-carbon mobility and energy, organized under the auspices of the French and British sections of The Combustion Institute. This is a fully online event that will take place from November 5-6, 2020. Click here for more details.

International Symposium on Combustion

Symposium Update

Arrangements for the Hybrid Meeting of the 38th International Symposium on Combustion are near completion. With this model, members will have the option of registering for in-person or virtual attendance. Authors who are unable to attend in person will have their submission shown via pre-recorded version/presentation. Invited speakers will present live, either in-person or through real-time/live broadcast.

Any specific questions regarding Adelaide or Symposium specific topics can be addressed to the local symposium organisers:


All Occasions Group
12 Stirling Street, Thebarton SA 5031
(08) 8125 2200

Symposium Registration

Please make sure to register by 8 November 2020. If you are unsure of your ability to travel, please register for virtual attendance. If travel situations improve, delegates can later change to in-person attendance by paying the difference in registration fees.To register for the symposium, click here. Any questions concerning registration can be directed to

Program Update

The 38th International Symposium on Combustion Technical Program is now available. Please note that this is a draft version of the Program. This version is subject to changes. A finalized version will be available at the Symposium. Please continue to monitor the Symposium website for additional updates.

Important Note to Authors

You must complete a Re-Affirmation to Present pertaining to the Hybrid Model for the Symposium, even if you have already completed an earlier affirmation. Guidelines for recording and submitting presentations will be sent to authors once they complete the Re-Affirmation to Present form. Please make note that the instructions will be sent from 38thISOCAdelaide.

WiPP Update

Work in Progress Posters (WiPPs) abstracts are now being accepted through the portal on the Symposium website. The deadline for WiPP submissions is 23:59 PST, 21 October 2020, and authors will be notified of decisions by 4 November 2020. Accepted authors will receive an email from 38thISOCAdelaide with instructions on how to submit their poster and other details.

Email Communications

Please be sure to check your spam folder if you have not been receiving email updates about the Symposium. You may need to adjust your email settings or confirm your email address is accurate in your AMS account. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact

Advancements in Combustion
Combustion pioneer named Department of Energy fellow
CI member Jacqueline Chen, whose work on fundamental turbulence-chemistry interactions in combustion helped advance the design of automotive, gas turbine and jet engines, was selected by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science as a distinguished scientist fellow — one of only eight researchers in the nation to hold the distinction. Read more about Chen's achievements here.
ASME International Gas Turbine Awards Program
Congratulations to the various CI members who received an award from The American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Gas Turbine Institute. Click here to read more about each award and the winners.
Firing Up A Clean Chemistry Revolution
The shift to a future marked by carbon-free renewable energy sources is being explored by KAUST researcher and CI member Min Suk Cha as societies seek to end our reliance on fire. Cha and his team, including postdoc Ramses Snoeckx are researching electrically generated plasmas as the future of chemical synthesis and manufacturing to replace combustion-driven processes. Click here to read more.
Clever with Combustion
Deanna Lacoste, researcher at the KAUST Clean Combustion Research Center and CI member, is among a generation of researchers investigating the control of combustion for reducing emissions. Research in Lacoste’s lab is focused on one such strategy: using plasmas to gain greater control over combustion events, minimizing pollutants, while maximizing the efficiency with which energy is extracted from the fuel. Read more about Lacoste's research here.
Have Combustion News to Share?
The Combustion Institute seeks news about advancements in combustion research and major scientific awards bestowed upon members of our international community. If you have news to share, contact the CI office:
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 Heinz Georg Wagner who passed away on July 29, 2020.
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