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Funding to fire science: Open letter to the EU and Nature comment

2017-11-21

After the recent events of the Grenfell tower and wildfires in California, Portugal and Spain, researchers at the Division of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University have been involved in a series of initiatives aimed at raising awareness on the funding situation of fire science. Prof Patrick van Hees and Dr Enrico Ronchi are both signatories of an Open letter to the EU commission which underlines the urgent need to increase the support to fire safety and request that the EU takes dedicated funding initiatives. This issue has also been raised in a recent contribution published in Nature, co-authored by Dr Enrico Ronchi. The Open letter got support from around 200 people and it received an official response by the EU commissioner.