The 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season was the worst on record to date. Communities across Australia, including the Southern Highlands, were devastated by the ferocity and destructiveness of these fires. Words like firestorm entered our everyday conversations. There were more extreme fire events in one season than in a whole decade, and these events are continuing to escalate at an alarming rate. There is an urgent need to research how these fires behave, how we can better predict them, and how communities and emergency services can better prepare for and recover from disasters like the 2019-2020 bushfire season. The UNSW Bushfire Research Group and UNSW Science invite you to attend our upcoming event Igniting Conversation: Building resilience in our communities after bushfires. This community-focused Q&A style panel discussion will be hosted at Frensham, Range Road, Mittagong on Thursday 8 July from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. The discussion will focus on the ongoing need for research around extreme bushfires and how we can build resilience to protect our most vulnerable communities in the face of unprecedented natural disasters. This discussion is an opportunity for you to ask questions of a team of researchers who have expertise ranging from extreme bushfires to recovering from trauma after natural disasters. If you can't join us on the night, please register and we'll send you the recording following the event.