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Ying Zhen Li (Chair), RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Dr Ying Zhen Li is a senior research scientist at RISE since 2010 and also an associate Professor (Docent) affiliated to Luleå University of Technology since March 2021. He chairs the ISTSS Scientific Committee. He also serves as associate editor of Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, guest editor of Fire Safety Journal, and editorial board member of Underground Space. He has published more than 100 scientific/technical publications concerning tunnel fire safety, co-authored the book “Tunnel Fire Dynamics”, and has been the winner of several prestigious awards, such as the “SFPE Jack Bono Award” and “ITA COSUF Award”. 

Anders Lönnermark,  RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Dr Anders Lönnermark is a senior research scientist at the Department of Safety at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, where he has been employed since 1995. Lönnermark has a long experience of performing fire tests, both in model-scale and in full scale. In 2003 Lönnermark was responsible for the performance of the large-scale tests in the Runehamar tunnel. In 2005 he got his PhD degree from Lund University and the title of the thesis was “On the Characteristics of Fires in Tunnels”. He is co-author of the book “Tunnel Fire Dynamics”. Anders has been adjunct professor at Mälardalen University 2013-2019.

Haukur Ingason, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Prof Haukur Ingason has over thirty years of international experience in fire safety research and engineering. He has been involved in large scale and model scale studies of fire and smoke spread in tunnels since 1992 and is one of the authors to the Tunnel Fire Dynamics handbook. He is an adjunct  professor at Lund University, where he is supervising and giving classes for students on fire dynamics in tunnels and a senior research scientist at RISE Safety – Fire Research in Borås Sweden since 1988.

Are Wendelborg Brandt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Are Wendelborg Brandt is currently working at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He previously worked at RISE Fire Research AS in Norway (SINTEF NBL). He has undertaken projects on Water Mist testing, both development tests for manufacturers (Tunnels, aircraft hangars) and the IMO tests. He was responsible for carrying out the medium-scale tests of Water Mist systems for tunnel protection in the UPTUN project (Upgrading European Tunnels) and has carried out several full-scale fire tests in the Runehamar Test tunnel. Some of these projects were testing the feasibility of active fire protection systems. He previously held positions as acting CEO at SINTEF NBL, vice president for RISE Fire Research AS and department manager for the department of Fire Development and Extinguishing at RISE Fire Research AS.

Ricky Carvel, University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr Ricky Carvel is Assistant Director of Learning & Teaching in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Senior Lecturer in Fire Dynamics. He is also editor of the ‘Handbook of Tunnel Fire Safety’. He has been researching tunnel fire phenomena since 1998 and has been a regular speaker at tunnel safety conferences since 1999. His work has highlighted the influence that tunnel ventilation systems and tunnel geometry can have on the burning behaviour of various different types of fires in tunnels. In 2004 he was awarded a PhD from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland) for his thesis “Fire Size in Tunnels”. He currently provides fire safety engineering consultancy services to a number of different companies, primarily with regards to fire safety in tunnels. Further details on

Håkan Frantzich, Lund University, Sweden

Dr Håkan Frantzich is a senior lecturer at Lund University in Sweden. His main area of expertise is related to people safety during evacuation in fires. He has a great experience in performing evacuation experiments for research purposes and linking fire human behaviour and movement of people to evacuation modelling. He is also involved as a fire safety expert in building design. Frantzich has also been involved in the development of design procedures for linking risk assessment and fire safety design. He has contributed to the spread of fire related knowledge as an author of different publications e.g. design guides, building codes, a chapter on risk assessment methods in the next SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering and several journal and conference papers.

Rune Brandt, HBI Haerter, Switzerland

Dr Rune Brandt heads the renowned and internationally reputed consultancy HBI Haerter. Since 1963, the tunnel ventilation and the safety concept of than 600 tunnels world wide have been designed by HBI Haerter that has offices in Switzerland and Germany. Moreover, pollutions dispersion modelling and risk assessment is part of the core services. Dr Rune Brandt is active in PIARC’s tunnel working group “air quality, fires and ventilation”. Moreover, he serves on several scientific committees. HBI Haerter follows projects from first ideas over preliminary and detailed design to tendering, site supervision and operation. Dr Rune Brandt holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University (UK), is Eur Ing and has a M.Sc. from the Technical university of Denmark.

Daniel Joyeux, Efectis, France

Dr Daniel Joyeux is the chairman of Efectis Group dedicated to fire safety testing, certification and engineering with about 230 employees. He is an active member of numerous standardization and pre-standardization groups, as NFPA 502 for fire safety of tunnel, AFCEN for fire safety in Nuclear Plant, but also working groups from French ministries for regulation evolution. He is the convenor of the CEN TC127 WG8 “Fire Safety Engineering”. After a PHD on soot formation in 1993, he is working since 25 years on the FSE development and fire safety improvement. He has been recently appointed as Justice Expert at the Paris court of appeal.

Gary English, CEO, Underground Command and Safety, USA 

Ret. Seattle USA Deputy Chief of Major Transportation Projects and Assistant Fire Marshal.    Extensive experience new and retrofits of road and rail tunnel projects (SR99 2019, Sound Transit Rail 2004-2017, Interstate 90 tunnels, conversion road tunnel to rail,  Enforcing and interpreting tunnel regulations, review of design/application of fire and life safety systems, installation, and commissioning.  Development of emergency response plans, conduct emergency responder training in underground fires, terrorism, multiple casualty incidents with numerous related papers.  Technical committee member on NFPA Road and Rail tunnels, Transportation Research Board Underground/Tunnel Structures, PIARC Road Tunnels, Projects for National Research Council (US and Canada), National Highway Cooperative Research Programs. 

Iain Bowman, Mott MacDonald, Canada

Dr Iain Bowman is a Deputy Practice Leader for fire-life safety with global consultants Mott MacDonald, and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, with over thirty years of professional experience. He is registered as a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and as a Professional Engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia. Following a decade in manufacturing, since 2002 he has been involved globally in underground infrastructure fire safety, focused on fire engineering, risk estimation, tunnel ventilation and tunnel fire safety systems. His experience spans road, rail and specialty tunnels, including diverse new-build tunnel projects as well as numerous rehabilitation projects for older tunnels. He currently serves on the Technical Committee for the NFPA 502 Standard and is a voting member on the Technical Committee for the AMCA 250 Standard. 

Peter Sturm, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Peter Sturm is professor at Graz University of Technology, Austria. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering. The current position is dean of studies for the faculty of Mechanical Engineering, deputy head of the Institute and head of the section “traffic and environment” at the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics.
The focus of the research work is in the field of tunnel ventilation and safety as well as on urban air quality. He represents Austria in PIARC (world road association) technical committees for safety, ventilation and operation of road tunnels and NFPA 502 (USA). He has been involved in the design of ventilation systems of road and rail tunnels for more than 25 years.

Ove Njå, University of Stavanger, Norway

Ove Njå is professor of Risk and Emergency Management at the University of Stavanger (UiS) (2000-), working in the Centre of Risk Management and Societal Safety (SEROS). His professional career includes five years in the civil engineering industry, ten years in the petroleum industry and 20 years in research and education. Njå has participated in and led a large number of research projects, comprising risk analysis, risk acceptance, risk management, emergency preparedness and crisis management in which fire hazards in tunnels have been included. He is currently leading a research project on competence increase related to tunnel safety. Ove Njå has played a key role in the development of the educational programmes at master and Ph.D level in societal safety at the University of Stavanger.

Magnus Arvidson, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Magnus Arvidson is a Fire Protection Engineer graduated from the University of Lund in Sweden in 1989. He has been working at RISE Fire Research since 1991, mainly responsible for activities related to water mist and sprinkler system testing and research. He served as a member in the NFPA 750 technical committee on the installation of water mist fire protection systems from 1993 to 2000, has been active in the Sub Committee on Fire Protection at the International Maritime Organization, and has been involved in a technical committee at CEN developing a standard for water mist systems. He is currently a member of the Scientific Council of the International Water Mist Association.

Margaret McNamee, Lund University, Sweden

Margaret McNamee is Professor of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University in Sweden. Prior to that she held a variety of positions at RISE (formerly SP National Research Institute of Sweden) since starting as Researcher in 1995, including until recently Chief Technology Officer in the Corporate Management Team with broad corporate responsibility. Margaret’s technical expertise is in characterising the environmental impact of fires and understanding the chemistry of fires. She has worked in the field of fire and combustion research for more than 20 years.