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Southwest Jiaotong University Hosted the 9th International Conference on Fire Science and Fire Protection Engineering

2019/11/06

Co-sponsored by Southwest Jiaotong University, University of Science and Technology of China, Sun Yat-Sen University and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the 9th International Conference on Fire Science and Fire Protection Engineering was held in Dorsett Hotel in Chengdu from October 18 to 20. A total of more than 300 participants, including representatives of experts and scholars from China, Britain, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, etc., and SWJTU representatives holding party and administrative posts including Dr. Pu Yun, Vice President of SWJTU, Mr. Zheng Haitao, Chief of the International Cooperation and Exchange Office, Mr. Liu Guoxiang, Dean of the School of Geosciences and Mr. Guan Qinchuan, Party Secretary of the School of Geosciences attended the conference.

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The conference was a grand event in the field of fire science and fire engineering. Before this event, it had been successfully held for eight times in Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Guangzhou and Nanjing, and has an important influence in the world. This event was hosted by the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Engineering of SWJTU and the National-Local Joint Engineering Laboratory of High-speed Railway Operation Safety Space Information Technology, and was co-organized by Tsinghua University, Wuhan University, Central South University, Northeastern University, China University of Mining and Technology, Nanjing University of Technology, Changzhou University. The conferenced was supported by Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering under College of Engineering, City University of Hong Kong.

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The conference was presided over by Dr. Xu Junhua, Associate Dean of the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Engineering. The addressers included Dr. Pu Yun, Vice President of SWJTU, Prof. Zhang Yuchun of SWJTU, and Prof. Siuming Lo of City University of Hong Kong. On behalf of SWJTU, Dr. Pu Yun delivered a warm welcome speech to all the experts, scholars and representatives, and expressed sincere gratitude to all the friends who have always given great support to the development of SWJTU. He said that fire science and fire engineering is an important new interdisciplinary subject in the field of public safety, and that it is closely related to safeguarding people’s lives and property safety. SWJTU is willing to contribute to the cause of fire science and fire engineering with its global counterparts.

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In the conference, a total of 113 articles were included in the proceedings after experts’ review, and were proposed to be included in the Engineering Index (EI). The conference language was English. The conference organized one main venue, 4 branch venues and 59 presentations. The 9 presenters on the main venue included Prof. Wanki Chow, Chair Prof. of Architectural Science and Fire Engineering at Polytechnic University, Prof. Jennifer Wen, Head of Warwick FIRE, Prof. Vladimir Molkov, Director of Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research Centre (HySAFER) of Ulster University, Prof. Asif Sohail Usmani, Head of Department of Building Services Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Prof. Wang Yongchang, fire structure expert of the University of Manchester, Prof. Jiang Juncheng, Changzhou University, Prof. Hu Longhua, vice chairman of International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS), Prof. Ji Jie, University of Science and Technology of China, and Prof. Majid Sarvi, University of Melbourne. The 10 specially invited presenters on branch venues included Prof. Song Weiguo, Secretary of the National Key Laboratory of Fire, Prof. He Yuanhua, Dean of the School of Safety Engineering under Civil Aviation Flight University of China, Prof. Fang Zheng from Wuhan University, Prof. Zhang Peihong from Northeastern University, Prof. Li Yanfeng from Beijing University of Technology, Prof. Zhang Jun and Prof. Li Kaiyuan entitled by “Thousands of Youth Program”, Dr. Huang Xinyan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Prof. Tang Fei from Hefei University of Technology, Dr. Gong Liang from Southwest Jiaotong University. Additionally, 40 oral presentations were selected in the conference.

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The conference promoted the international academic exchanges between fire science and fire engineering, expanded the influence of SWJTU’s fire science and fire engineering disciplines, and demonstrated the strength of fire science and fire engineering of SWJTU. It propelled the university’s internationalization strategy and the initiative of building a first-class disciplinary construction.

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