Fire Protection Research Foundation Symposium to identify and explore emerging issues in fire and electrical safety

August 13, 2013 – The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation), in association with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), will hold a symposium to set the stage for their five-year research agenda November 13-14, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Online registration for this event is open.

"The Next Five Years in Fire and Electrical Safety – Updating the Foundation’s Strategic Research Agenda" will serve to benchmark progress against the 2008 agenda, identifying new issues and exploring needed new areas of focus.

"The goal of this symposium is to continue the discussion on current and emerging issues likely to have a significant impact on fire and electrical safety in the next five years," said Kathleen Almand, executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation. "The information presented will shape the research agenda of the Foundation to meet the needs of stakeholders in the safety community that have come to rely on us for this research."

The symposium will feature architects, engineers, researchers, government officials, and others. There will be 10 sessions with over 20 presentations covering key areas such as:

  • Changing urban landscape – the challenges it poses for fire and electrical safety
  • SMART buildings – how sensor and information technologies are transforming the built environment and its fire safety context
  • Sustainable building – maintaining fire safety with changing building contents

The following organizations are represented on the speaking program: American Architectural Foundation, Aon Fire Protection Engineering; Austin Fire Department; CalPoly University, City of Alexandria, VA; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Clarion Associates; FM Global, IKEA, LUND University, Underwriters Laboratories, National Fire Sprinkler Association, NFPA, NIOSH, NIST, the UK Government, University of Illinois, and University of Maryland. For more information or to register, visit  

About the Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Fire Protection Research Foundation plans, manages, and communicates research on a broad range of fire safety issues in collaboration with scientists and laboratories around the world. The Foundation is an affiliate of NFPA.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at

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