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Rocky Mountain Regional Wildfire Smoke Symposium

Event Rescheduled

This event was originally planned to take place in March of this year, but due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, was postponed.

We are excited to announce the symposium has been rescheduled for November 13, 2020 and will be hosted virtually. Registration will close at 11:59 P.M. November 11, 2020.



We are pleased to have John Balmes, MD provide the keynote lecture for our symposium. Dr. Balmes is professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and professor of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). His research is focused on the respiratory, cardiovascular and metabolic health effects of various air pollutants and occupational agents.

New Audience Opportunities

The virtual format of the symposium presents an opportunity to be more inclusive regarding attendees. We would like to extend a special invitation to our regional partners and community members who are interested in learning about wildfire smoke and its impact on health. Join us for an engaging day of talks from academic researchers, health professionals and firefighter personnel.


The symposium will include talks on public health and community preparedness in the morning followed by occupation health and risk mitigation in the afternoon. A virtual poster session will be available for viewing during the lunch break. The symposium presentations will conclude with a panel discussion featuring current and former wildland firefighters.


Following the symposium presentations, we invite academic researchers, health professionals, firefighters, and regional partners to join us for a virtual happy hour and networking session. This will hopefully provide a platform for discussions of new research ideas as well as the development of new collaborations.


Access the registration page for the symposium by going HERE. Note that if you were registered for the symposium in March, you will be automatically registered and should receive an email confirmation. Speakers will also be automatically registered. For all others, please register in advance of the conference. Registration fees will be $30 non-student stakeholders (academic researchers, health professionals, firefighters, and regional partners), $30 non-student general public and $15 students. Registration will close at 11:59 P.M. November 11, 2020. No refunds after November 9.


With Western wildfires becoming larger and more intense each year, this meeting will provide a platform for the dissemination of data on the economic and health impacts of wildfire smoke. This meeting will also be an opportunity to foster the interagency and interdisciplinary relationships necessary to 1) improve emergency readiness, 2) promote health, 3) inform best practices for education, outreach, and messaging in the Rocky Mountain Region.

For more information, contact Dr. Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University, at


Boise State University

Biomedical Engineering Program

Center for Excellence in Environmental Health and Safety

Department of Community and Environmental Health

University of Montana

Center for Population Health Research

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Ramboll Environmental Consulting