The Combustion Institute

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The Combustion Institute
Formation 1954
Type Non-profit educational society
Purpose Combustion science
Headquarters Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • United States
Region served

The Combustion Institute is an educational non-profit, international, scientific and engineering society whose purpose is to promote research in combustion science. The institute was established in 1954, and its headquarters are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.

Foundation and mission[edit]

The support of this important field of study spanning many scientific and engineering disciplines is done through the discussion of research findings at regional, national and the biennial international symposia, and through the publication of the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute and the Institute’s journals, Combustion and Flame and Combustion Theory and Modelling.[1]

The institute serves as the parent organization for thirty three national sections organized in many countries (the US being divided into three sections) as of 2012:[2]

  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Brazilian Section
  • Canada
  • China
  • ChineseTaipei
  • Croatia
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Korea
  • Republic of Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scandinavia - Nordic
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • USA Central States
  • USA Eastern States
  • USA Western States

Institute Awards[edit]

During each International Symposium, The Combustion Institute awards the following:[1]

  • Bernard Lewis Gold Medal – established in 1958 and awarded for brilliant research in the field of combustion.
  • Alfred C. Egerton Gold Medal – established in 1958 and awarded for distinguished, continuing and encouraging contributions to the field of combustion.
  • Silver Combustion Medal – established in 1958 and awarded to an outstanding paper presented at the previous symposium.
  • The Hottel Lecture.
  • Ya B. Zeldovich Gold Medal – established in 1990 and awarded for outstanding contribution to the theory of combustion or detonation.
  • Bernard Lewis Fellowship – established in 1996 during the 26th International Symposium, this award is awarded to encourage high quality research in combustion by young scientists and engineers.
  • Distinguished Paper Award – established in 1996 during the 31st International Symposium, this award is presented to the paper in each of the twelve colloquia of a Symposium which is judged to be most distinguished in quality, achievement and significance.
  • Bernard Lewis Visiting Lecturer Fellowship.

Similar organisation[edit]

The International Flame Research Foundation is another network of researchers dedicated to industrial flames studies.


  1. ^ a b "The Combustion Institute website". Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  2. ^ In Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of The Combustion Institute, The Combustion Institute, July 2004 [1]