Call For Papers Guidelines 

57th Annual SAFE Symposium
October 14-16, 2019
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Reno, Nevada

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

Directed Energy Protection

Individual Flight Equipment

Oxygen Systems/PBE

Test and Evaluation

Aviation Escape Systems

Energetic Materials

Life Support Systems

Personnel Recovery

Technology Transfer

Biodynamics and Physiology

Ground Vehicle Protection

NBC Protection/CBRN PPE

Search and Rescue

Training and Simulation

Extreme Environments

Hearing Protection

Ocular and Night Vision Systems

SOF Equipment

Troop Protection

Crash Safety

Human Factors

Occupant Crash Protection

Survival Equipment and Aids

Windblast Protection

Submission Guidelines

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

Submit a 300-word abstract (electronically in MS Word format) to the SAFE Office at or through the SAFE website at Abstracts should be typed in 9pt Verdana font. Download the Abstract Submission Template - MS Word

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.