Wildfire Smoke Risk Communication Stakeholder Synthesis Symposium

Symposium purpose

The 2018 symposium convened regional stakeholders to share lessons learned from the 2017 and 2018 wildfire seasons, and to foster academic-practice partnerships to address existing challenges related to wildfire smoke and health in Washington State. 

Scientific experts shared the latest findings from wildfire smoke and health research, framed within the broader context of how to prepare for wildfire in a changing climate. Public health, fire, and emergency management practitioners from local, county, and tribal jurisdictions shared their experiences preparing for and responding to wildfire smoke. 

Practitioners, researchers, and students then engaged in a ‘World Cafe’ activity to develop research priorities needed to address critical wildfire smoke public health challenges. The symposium’s proceedings are published here. Additionally, the scientific findings from this symposium can be found published with the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.


The symposium brought together the University of Washington climate & health research community with local, state, tribal, and federal practitioners working on wildfire smoke and health issues in Washington State.

Symposium sponsors:

UW Collaborative on Extreme Event Resilience, UW Program on Climate Change, UW Climate Impacts Group, UW EDGE Center, UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and UW Center for Health & the Global Environment

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