Organisers report on this year’s conference on Fire-Related Research and Developments, which will be held at West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters on Wednesday November 13.
The 23rd annual conference on fire related research and developments (‘the research event’), supported by the Institution of Fire Engineers and Nottingham Trent University, will once again be hosted at West Midlands Fire Service HQ in Birmingham City Centre. The Research Excellence Awards for best presentation and poster will once again be presented by FIRE Magazine and Gore.
Presentation will showcase current research studies and innovative projects reflecting back on initiatives that have helped shape/influence today’s evidence base, policies and practice and look forwards in terms of the future nature and direction of fire related research and development.
Fire Research Community
Our conference attracts a wide audience from across the emergency services, the fire industry, research communities and other private or public sectors interested in the latest fire related issues, developments and concerns. We welcome a broad range of backgrounds and professional approaches including technical, engineering, legal, social, psychological, economic, operational, national and international perspectives. This gives our conference its distinctive multi-disciplinary and multi-agency flavour.
“Conference attracts a wide audience from across the emergency services, the fire industry, research communities and other private or public sectors interested in the latest fire related issues, developments and concerns”
Fire and Emergency Response
Presentations will focus on any field of interest to the fire and emergency response and management community. This might include (but is not restricted to) projects focussing on: technical and fire engineering research; community safety and public engagement; firefighter health, safety and welfare; leadership and management studies; fire services in differing governance arrangements; collaboration of blue light services; interoperability and partnership working; communications, social media and the emergency services; risk management, civil contingencies and disaster management.
This is will be a mixed audience of Fire Service professionals together with people from other sectors, emergency services and industrial and academic research.
We particularly encourage students, new researchers and those in the initial stages of projects to present their work in progress, even if results are not yet available. In this way they may benefit from valuable and supportive feedback from more experienced researchers and practitioners at the conference. A number of our presenters return to present results at subsequent conferences.
While the conference provides an environment of support (particularly for new researchers and those with work-in-progress), research methodologies, ideas and findings will be subject to challenge/constructive peer review as befits academic meetings of this kind.
As many submissions as possible will be included. Speakers will be invited to present short presentations (typically 20 minutes with five minutes for questions, though longer slots may be offered) in plenary or parallel sessions. Poster presentations are also welcome. If there is considerable interest in submitting presentations, it may be necessary to make a selection of speakers and to offer space in the poster session to anyone not offered a speaking slot.
Registration Costs and Booking Process
Presenters will be offered a reduced fee for attending the event. The presenter registration fee is £90 + VAT (speaking slots) and £130 + VAT (poster presenters). Prospective presenters will be notified of their selection after the deadline when a draft programme will be issued.
Calling all presenters:
To enter this year’s Research Excellence Awards contact FIRE Editor Andrew Lynch for the application form: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information contact Programme Co-ordinator Dr Rowena Hill: email@example.com