International Symposium on Fire Safety Science
18-23, 2005, Beijing,
Eighth International Symposium on Fire Safety Science was held
at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, from 18-23 September 2005.
The symposium was organized by the China Fire Protection Association
(CFPA) with Tsinghua University and University of Science and
Technology of China as co-organizers. There were 456 registrants
attending three parallel sessions in which 123 papers and 8 invited
lectures were presented and a poster session in which 60 posters
were displayed. Twenty-five countries were represented: Australia,
Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland,
Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, New Zealand,
Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand,
United Kingdom and United States of America. Papers and poster
abstracts were accepted on the basis of their quality and originality
in the science of fire safety and its applications.
opening ceremony was conducted by representatives from the host
country and IAFSS. His Excellency Zhou Yong Kang, Councilor and
Minister of the Public Security of the Peoples Republic of China
provided the initial remarks followed by Prof. Dougal Drysdale,
the IAFSS Chairman.
the opening ceremony, Dr. Howard Baum, National Institute of Standards
and Technology, delivered the Howard W. Emmons Plenary Lecture
entitled "Simulating Fire Effects on Complex Building Structures.”
Seven invited papers were also presented during the course of
the symposium by Prof. Jean-Marc Franssen, Prof. Dorothy Bruck,
Dr. Kevin McGrattan, Prof. Fan Weicheng , Prof. Ai Sekizawa, Prof.
Richard Hull (for Prof. Giovanni Camino) and Major General Guo
Tienan, Head of the Fire Department of the Ministry of Public
Security who delivered a special invited lecture. “The Fire
Situation and the Needs for Science and Technology on Fire Protection
the Award Reception and Banquet, Prof. D. Drysdale, Chair of the
Symposium Awards Committee, presented the Howard W. Emmons Lectureship
Award to Dr. Howard Baum. The P.H. Thomas Silver Medal of Excellence
for the best paper at the Seventh Symposium was awarded to D.W.
Weinert, T.G. Cleary, G.W. Mulholland, and P.F. Beever for their
paper entitled “Light Scattering Characteristics and Size
Distribution of Smoke and Nuisance Aerosols.” The K. Kawagoe
Gold Medal for outstanding lifelong contributions to fire safety
science was presented to Prof. Sizuo Yokoi and accepted by his
son. Dr. P.A. Croce, Chair of the Forum for International Cooperation
on Fire Research, presented the V. Sjolin Award to Prof. Dougal
Drysdale in recognition of his contributions to fire safety science.
Symposium Proceedings include all papers delivered at the Eighth
Symposium and available January 2006. Proceedings
will be mailed out to attendees and then available for purchase
from the IAFSS Secretariat. Papers are organized in the proceedings
by the session topics at the symposium. The content of the symposium
proceedings have also been recorded in electronic form and provided
on CD-ROM in color. The CD will come be included with the hardback
proceedings and also available to purchase as a separate item
Association would like to thank FM Global for being the principal
sponsor of the symposium. In addition, the Association would like
to extend its gratitude to all the organizations, committee members,
and other volunteers that assisted in making this symposium so
successful. A special thanks is given to the organizers, China
Fire Protection Association (CFPA), Tsinghua University, and University
of Science and Technology of China, who provided first class hospitality
as well as an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas on fire
safety science. The Association would also like to greatly thank
all of those involved in the review, selection, and editing of
the papers for the conference. A special thanks is given to Dr.
Craig Beyler, Chair of the Program Committee, for organizing and
leading the committee on the selection of papers, and all of the
program committee members who interacted with authors and reviewers
as well as reviewed final manuscripts to ensure all reviewer comments
were addressed. Many thanks go to Ms. Judy Hanacek-Kameid along
with Ms. U. Isfahani and Ms. K. Tooren of Hughes Associates, Inc.
for their great effort in assembling the printed and CD-ROM version
of the Symposium Proceedings.
Chairs of the Publication Committee also wish to thank Dr. Dave
Evans, Chair of the Publication Committee of the Seventh Symposium,
for his advice and suggestions in preparing this symposium volume.
Daniel T. Gottuk, Brian Y. Lattimer
Chairs, Publications Committee
Hughes Associates, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland, United States of