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News and Market Conferenc e Nordic Fire & Safety Days 2016 Leading experts on fire and safety recently gathered in Copenhagen to attend the Nordic Fire & Safety Days 2016 event, where they discussed the latest developments in fire research. Nearly 200 people attended the NFSD2016 conference at Aalborg University in Copenhagen in June. Delegates came from all over the Nordic countries, representing private companies, government agencies, municipalities, research institutes and universities. "There is a high expertise in fire safety and safety in each of the Nordic countries. Together, we can make the Nordic society even safer", said Anne Dederichs, Senior Researcher at SP, Technical Research Institute, Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark, and organizer of the conference. "The purpose of the conference is to build bridges: one bridge for increased cooperation across borders, and another for the mutual communication between research and application partners. It is important and enriching to look across borders." Risk and fire safety in the Nordic countries are the focus of the conference. This year‘s programme comprised 70 lectures. The contributions were both theoretical and practical in nature. The conference demonstrated that the work carried out in the Nordic countries is of considerable scientific importance and societal relevance with respect to fire and safety. The event is a response to the extensive interest in the areas of fire and safety engineering in the Nordic countries in recent decades. NFSD2016 followed up on challenges with respect to safety, with many lively discussions on aspects of fire and human behaviour as well as Nearly 200 people attended the NFSD2016 conference and discussed the latest developments in fire research. rescue service and risk management, including insulation and facades, tunnel safety and dwelling fires. Discussion points Three points in particular emerged from the programme: Heat insulation There was a panel discussion on the thermal insulation of buildings. EU requirements on energy saving in buildings have led to new construction methods involving more insulation. It was discussed whether there are specific fire hazards which need to be considered with respect to these changes, and what measures should be taken to ensure firesafe buildings. Tunnel fires A series of lectures were held on tunnel fires, followed by discussions on risk, fire development and the technical aspects of evacuations. Residential fires Many sessions covered topics ranging from fire dynamics to fire statistics and fire prevention measures. Similar problems exist in the Nordic countries, where certain vulnerable groups at greater risk. This particularly applies to the elderly living at home. Furthermore, it could be said that the number of staff play a role in the fire safety of hospitals and day care centres. The conference organizers The conference is organized by SP Technical Research Institute – in cooperation with Aalborg University – the Danish Building Research Institute, the Technical University of Denmark, Lund University, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger, University College Haugesund, Iceland University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and the Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology. The 2017 conference will take place in August. Once more it will be held in Copenhagen, but there are plans to eventually rotate the host city among the Nordic countries. “The event went very well in Copenhagen, and it was very accessible to everyone. We want to build and anchor the conference in the Nordic region. Hence, we believe that it is important to change the host among the Nordic countries in the future”, said Dederichs. www.conferencemanager.dk/ NFSD2016/ Source: SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut FeuerTRUTZ International 2.2016 27


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