Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Each day is opened by invited Keynote Speakers, leaders in their field, providing an overview of their topic of expertise as an introduction to the themes of the day.

ISTSS 2018 had the following confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Iain Bowman, Mott MacDonald, Canada
Dr Iain Bowman is a Deputy Practice Leader for fire-life safety at Mott MacDonald and has a PhD in supersonic aerodynamics from the University of Cambridge, with over twenty-five years of professional experience. A Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, he has been involved in underground infrastructure fire safety since 2002. Previously, he worked within the manufacturing sector in power generation, aerospace, automotive, maritime, and telecommunications. He has an extensive background in mechanical engineering design, aerodynamics and CFD, and is currently much interested in the intelligent application of risk principles to underground fire-safety  design. He currently serves on the Technical Committee for the NFPA 502 standard, and is a member of the Scientific Committee for ISTSS 2018.

Johan Lundin, WSP, Sweden
At present Dr Lundin is a technical director with WSP’s Fire and Risk Engineering team in Sweden. He is working with a wide range of risk management and fire safety engineering projects in the areas of land-use planning, property, transport and infrastructure. Examples of ongoing engagements are in Slussen underground buss terminal in Stockholm and in several overdeckning projects in the Stockholm area. He has also been involved in developing risk informed decision methods for the Swedish Road Authority and the county board of Stockholm regarding transport of dangerous goods in tunnels.
Johan Lundin has 10 years of experience from research and education at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University and is specialised in fire safety engineering and risk management. He has been the Director of Studies for the Master’s Programme in Risk Management and Safety Engineering at Lund University from the start 2001 until 2005. He presented his doctoral thesis “Safety in Case of Fire – The Effect of Changing Regulations” in 2005 and has thereafter been worked with WSP.

Allan Skovlund, Greater Copenhagen Fire Department, Denmark
Allan Skovlund, Engineer and Incident commander to the Greater Copenhagen Fire Department,
Chairman of the European Fire Service Tunnel Group (EFSTG).
Graduated from the Engineering College of Aarhus, Denmark in 2000 and has been working as project manager in the construction industry untill 2010 where he was employed by the Copenhagen Firebrigade (Greater Copenhagen Fire Department since 2016), Fire and Rescue department to develop and evolve preventional and operational plans, strategies and tactics in all tunnels within the district of Greater Copenhagen Fire Department, including the existing and new metro lines.
Member of the EFTSG (European Fire Service Tunnel Group) since 2010.
Trained firefighter, tunnel firefighter (Dräeger BG4+), incident commander and studying Master of Fire safety at the Technical University of Denmark.

David Purser, CBE, UK
Prof David Purser’s work covers all fire hazard development and escape behaviour (ASET-RSET) parameters and their interactions.  His research into escape behaviour, fire dynamics, combustion chemistry and fire effluent toxicity is applied to hazard assessment models, international standards and incident investigations. He has studied hazard development and effects on occupants in several fire incidents in tunnels and underground complexes and served as an expert witness for the Mont Blanc Tunnel fire inquiry.  Formerly a Director at BRE, UK, he is currently President of Hartford Environmental Research and Visiting Professor in fire chemistry and toxicity at the University of Central Lancashire.  In 2013 he was awarded the Institution of Fire Engineers Rasbash Medal for outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in fire behaviour, and in 2015 he was appointed CBE for services to firesafety.

Hans Brun, The Swedish Defence University, Sweden
Hans Brun is an analyst and researcher within the field of terrorism at the Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership. He has a special focus on counterterrorism and asymmetrical conflicts. Foto: AR Media


Ying Zhen Li, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Dr Ying Zhen Li is a senior research scientist at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. He main research interests are in fire dynamics and fire suppression in tunnels, fire and explosion hazards of alternative fuel vehicles, scale modelling and CFD modelling of fires. He has been the winner of several prestigious awards, such as the “SFPE Jack Bono Award” and “ITA COSUF Award”. He has published over 80 scientific/technical publications concerning fire safety and co-authored the book “Tunnel Fire Dynamics”. He serves as guest editor for Fire Safety Journal and also gives lectures to PhD students at Lund University. He is the chairman of scientific committee on “tunnel fire dynamics and smoke control” of the World Transport Convention, co-chairman of the tunnel fire session at IAFSS 2017, and also ISTSS scientific committee member