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How to protect people and homes from wildfires: flames, engineering and computer models

Event organised by Ingenieurs et Scientifique de France

19 March 2024
18:00 - 19:00 GMT
The Royal Air Force Club
128 Piccadilly
London, W1J 7PY
United Kingdom

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Catastrophic wildfire events are increasing in frequency and impact over the past years and are projected to get worse. While fire is part of a forest's natural cycle and can contribute towards restoring balance in the ecosystem, it becomes a hazard when it threatens human life and property.

It is the task of engineers to help understand this complex problem and put forward solutions to protect life, property, and the environment. In his presentation, prof. Rein discusses the effect of climate change on the prevalence of wildfires and outlines a framework for protecting people and homes by combining science and engineering.

If you wish to attend, please email [email protected] to book your space.

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Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France British Section

Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France British Section

The British Section of IESF, a French Learned Society with branches worldwide, is dedicated to linking Anglo-French engineering and science.


17:30 - 18:00

Tea and coffee

18:00 - 19:00


19:00 - 19:30

Lecture ends, followed by a drinks reception


Professor Guillermo Rein

Professor Guillermo Rein

Imperial College London

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Professor Guillermo Rein

Guillermo is professor of fire science at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College London and editor-in-chief of the journal Fire Technology. He is a Fellow of the Combustion Institute.

Guillermo studied Mechanical Engineering at University of California Berkeley (MSc 2003, PhD 2005), and before then at ICAI Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (Ingeniero Industrial, MEng1999). He joined Imperial College in 2012 from a previous academic position at the University of Edinburgh (2006-2012).

His research is centred on heat transfer and fire, using experiments and computer models. The purpose of his work is to reduce the worldwide burden of accidental fires and protect people, their property, and the environment. His research portfolio is ample and includes how wildfires spread and how to fight them.

He created and leads the research group Imperial Hazelab where he has supervised 16 postdocs and graduated 24 PhD students, 11 of whom have become academics. The group is funded by a wide range of international sponsors, most notably Arup, EPSRC, NIST, EU Horizon and European Research Council. 

Guillermo's work has been recognised internationally with a number of scientific awards like the 2020 Research Excellence Award from the Combustion Institute, the 2018 SFPE Guise Medal from the Society of Fire Engineers, or the 2016 Early Career Award for Excellence from the International Association of Wildland Fires.

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Shelly-Ann Russell

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