The main activity of the Combustion Institute is to organise and run the International Symposium on Combustion. These biennial symposia attract members of the Combustion Institute as well as others interested in combustion from around the world. The synergism produced at these symposia makes them the principal forum for presenting and integrating combustion research results.

There are some 30 Sections of the Combustion Institute of which the Irish Section is one of the newest. Ireland is affiliated to the Federation of European Combustion Sections which organises the biennial European Combustion Meetings.

The 37th Symposium, which was hosted by the Irish Section at the Convention Centre Dublin in 2018, was particularly successful with a record number of delegates, and record number of oral & poster presentations. Sponsorship from Science Foundation Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Bord na Móna and LaVision, together with assistance from Andor Technology, CADFEM, Elsevier, iX Cameras, PHOTRON (Europe), Princeton Instruments, TSI and Vision Research were instrumental in helping us deliver an excellent meeting.

Officers and committee members: as of January 2019

Chairman Vice-Chair Honorary Treasurer
Professor John M. Simmie Professor Stephen Dooley Dr. Rory Monaghan
Ordinary Member Ordinary Member Ordinary Member
Dr. John Smith Dr. John McNamara Dr. Grainne Black


Open to anyone with an interest in combustion research. Typical members include physical chemists, fuel technologists, fluid dynamicists, engine designers, fire scientists, enviromental scientists, mechanical and aerospace engineers, detonation specialists, fire fighters, etc.

Benefits with joining

  • Substantial discounts on all functions and Symposium volumes
  • Individual subscription to journals
  • The Irish Section in addition:
    • Provides financial assistance for attendance at conferences to deserving members
    • Awards a prize for the best contribution of a member during the year


10th European Combustion Meeting Naples, Italy 13-16 April 2021
39th International Symposium on Combustion Vancouver, Canada 2022
26th International Symposium on Gas Kinetics and Related Phenomenon Karlsruhe, Germany, Sept. 6-10, 2020.
38th International Symposium on Combustion Adelaide, Australia July 12-17, 2020
12th International Colloquium on Pulsed and Continuous Detonations (ICPCD) St. Petersburg, Russia. (The Colloquium venue will be hotel Petro Palace Hotel 5* in the historical center of St. Petersburg.) April 20–23, 2020
11th International Conference on Gas Kinetics Orleans, France June 23-27, 2019
7th International Conference on Renewable Fuels, Combustion and Fire Antalya, Turkey May 10-12, 2019
9th European Combustion Meeting Lisboa, Portugal April 14-17, 2019

Summer Schools

1st Asia-Pacific CI-SS, Chile (Oct/Nov 2019)
Tsinghua University, China (July 2019)
University of Cambridge, England (7-12 July 2019)
Princeton University, U.S.A. (23-28 June 2019)

Did you know?

The Combustion Institute is an international, non-profit, educational and scientific society. Founded in 1954, CI promotes and disseminates research activities in all areas of combustion science and technology for the advancement of many diverse communities around the world.

Get in touch

The Combustion Institute (Irish Section)
School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin
Phone: +353-1-896-2030; +353-85-254-8773
E-mail: stephen.dooley@tcd.ie


The Combustion Institute directs the publication of two scientific journals, Combustion and Flame, published monthly and the Proceedings of The Combustion Institute, published biennially.