Call For Papers Guidelines 

58th Annual SAFE Symposium
Submissions of Papers Remains Open
Information on Virtual Event

The SAFE Association’s Annual Symposium is the premier international showcase for unparalleled discovery including technical sessions, extensive exhibits, product demonstrations, workshops, technical debates, panel sessions, and networking opportunities.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Accident Investigation

Clothing Helmets Oxygen

Survival Equipment and Aids

Aerospace Physiology Crash Safety Human Factors Oxygen/ Contaminants/Health Systems Integration
ALSS Directed Energy Protection Individual Flight Equipment Oxygen/Health Test and Evaluation
Anthropometry Energetic Materials Injury

Oxygen Systems/PBE

Technology Transfer

Aviation Escape Systems

Ejection Systems Injury/Clothing Oxygen/Training

Textiles/Parachutes/ Ejection Systems

Biodynamics and Physiology

Ejection Systems / Safety

Life Support Systems

Personnel Recovery



Extreme Environments

NBC Protection/CBRN PPE


Training and Simulation


Ground Vehicle Protection

Ocular and Night Vision Systems

Search and Rescue

Troop Protection


Hearing Protection

Occupant Crash Protection

SOF Equipment

Windblast Protection

Submission Guidelines

Briefings, Panels (consisting of 2 or more Briefings) Demonstrations and Workshops (please specify)

Technical Paper abstracts should include Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections.

Panels, Briefings, Demonstrations, and Workshops should contain a paragraph outlining the safety issue to be presented, followed by a description of the program or product and how it is used to address the issue.  

Panel sessions should outline the topic or scope, the number of presenters by name and affiliation, and the panel chair. When planning a panel, bear in mind that session blocks are 90 minutes. Panel sessions may list “tentative” speakers or papers for acceptance but these must be finalized before the deadline.

You will be notified when your submission is accepted, rejected, or if revisions are required for acceptance. If your submission is rejected, you may resubmit with corrections and/or changes. Your paper will be scheduled based on the type of paper and content. 


Presenters are to bring their presentation, formatted in MS PowerPoint (wide-screen 16:9 is preferred), electronically saved on appropriate media (memory stick, CD, etc.) directly to their session at least twenty minutes prior to the scheduled start. The program allocates time between sessions to accommodate uploading the session’s presentations to available presentation equipment immediately before the start.

All authors are required to attend the Author’s Briefing to meet and coordinate with the symposium Technical Team, the session moderator, and session co-presenters. Any technical issues or needs will be addressed at that time.

The following presentation equipment will be available for all technical sessions:

  • A laptop computer, projector, and screen 
  • Podium and wireless microphone
  • Laser pointer


  • A “static” printable version of the presentation (MS PowerPoint or Adobe PDF) will be required for publication in the Proceedings.
  • All technical presentations, including papers, panels, workshops, demonstrations, etc., presented at the Symposium are eligible for inclusion in the Proceedings. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain clearance from their organizations. Presentation materials will be collected at the Symposium. The proceedings are published to the SAFE website and are available to SAFE members via their member login.
  • Materials not collected at the Symposium may be submitted electronically for publication in the Proceedings to arrive at the SAFE office no later than two weeks following the final day of the symposium. Submit earlier if possible.
  • It is the responsibility of the submitting author(s) to ensure that all material, printed or otherwise, that is presented at the SAFE Symposium or in the SAFE Proceedings has been screened through the submitting organization’s public release process and has been approved for Unlimited Distribution.
Symposium 2020 Update

Dear SAFE Members,

After much consideration, the SAFE Association has come to the conclusion that the annual symposium scheduled to take place this year, October 27th-October 29th in Virginia Beach, VA cannot be safely held due to the challenges and risks associated with COVID-19. As disappointing as this decision is, we feel that it is the most responsible one to make. We want to thank our members and the team at the Virginia Beach Convention Center for their patience, support and understanding while we carefully monitored the situation and evaluated all possible scenarios.

The SAFE Association takes pride in our symposium and looks forward to providing an international forum for the exchange of technical information, product and service exhibitions, and the showcasing of industry capabilities relating to aviation, space, land and marine safety. That is why we feel it's vital to navigate through these times and transform our 2020 Symposium into a virtual event. The Symposium Committee has begun laying the foundation for this and is determined to create an event that provides value and meets the same standards of our "face to face" symposiums. Details about our virtual event, such as the date and registration, will be released early August via email, website updates and social media posts.

The SAFE Association hopes you understand our decision and will join in the participation of our virtual meeting. SAFE Administration will be in contact with sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who had previously registered for this year's symposium. In the meantime, we hope you all remain healthy and safe!

The SAFE Association Board of Directors