imperial College visit


Showcasing fire expertise to the next generation

May. 28 2019

PhD students from a specialist research group at Imperial College London were given the opportunity to visit the specialist Bureau Veritas fire science facilities as part of a unique collaboration between the university and our Fire Science team. 

Imperial Hazelab is the research group of Professor Guillermo Rein, a world-leading expert in fire science, studying the heat transfer, condensed-phase chemistry and thermodynamics of fires, both within the built environment and in nature

Around eight of students visited our Verney Road facilities, where they were given a brief presentation by the expert Bureau Veritas Fire Science team and a tour of our laboratory facilities for fire investigation, analysis and testing. The students are all doing PhDs with Professor Rein on a variety of topics including battery fires, façade fires, wildfires and peatlands fires. 

The visit was part of a proposed long-term collaboration driven by Bureau Veritas fire engineer Izabella Vermesi, an alumnus of the Hazelab. In January 2019, Izabella was joined by Associate Director of the Fire Engineering Team Eoin Troy to introduce Bureau Veritas and our specialist services to the Imperial Hazelab students. It is hoped that the partnership will help to showcase the breadth of career opportunities available to post-doctorates in fire engineering, whilst also further enhancing Hazelab’s strong links with industry. 

With an experienced team of fire science experts, Bureau Veritas offers a wide range of services to industry, local authorities and UK fire services including fire safety engineering, forensic fire investigation, hazcare, emergency response plan reviews and scientific support for local authorities. 

Izabella Vermesi said: “The Hazelab is home to some of the best young fire engineering talent in the UK, supported by Professor Guillermo Rein, who himself is one of the world’s leading experts in this field. I know from my own experience the foundation this can give to go on and join an organisation like Bureau Veritas, and it was great to be able to showcase our lab facilities to the current PhD students.”

For more information about Hazelab, click here.  

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