In the past, to keep a fire burning in the hearth was to ensure that one’s family might survive another day. Fire is typically seen as a bit of a magical paradox, because in addition to its role as destroyer, it can also create and regenerate. The ability to control fire–to not only harness it, but use it to suit our own needs–is one of the things that separates humans from animals. Fire is needed to fuel the organ that makes possible all the other products of culture, language included: the human brain. We hope you can join us around the fire at SNRG 2020