Keynote Speakers


Each day is opened by invited Keynote Speakers, leaders in their field.



Day 1: June 7th 2018


Keynote Speaker on:

Handling overpressure and ventilation in modern building fires.



Simo Hostikka from Aalto University, Finland


Simo started as a fire researcher at VTT in 1998 with numerical fire simulations and risk analyses as his main research topic. In 2014 he joined Aalto University, Finland, and works as an Associate Professor in fire safety engineering.






Day 2: June 8th 2018


Keynote Speaker on:

Turning research into practice



Thomas Gell from Swedish Fire Protection Association, Sweden


Thomas Gell holds a MSc and Lic. Eng. in Marine Structural Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology. Following a number of years in the maritime industry, Thomas has been working for the Swedish Rescue Services Agency (SRSA) and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) since the late 80´s with questions related to dangerous goods, risk mangement, research, lessons learned and injury prevention.


Thomas Gell is currently Director for Research and Innovation at the Swedish Fire Protection Association and Director for Brandforsk. He is also Chairman of the Board for the Centre for Public Safety at Karlstad University, Chairman of the Board for the Norwegian Fire Research Initiative “Brannsikkerhet” and member of the Board of Trustees of the US Fire Protection Research Foundation.










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