Membership

Membership of the FORUM is held on a personal basis and is available to Directors of fire research organizations (principally those holding national status) which are undertaking major research in support of fire safety.

Specifically, FORUM members are expected to:

  1. be prominent figures in the strategic direction and management of fire safety research;
  2. be personally responsible for setting research priorities and allocating significant resources for fire safety research;
  3. lead organizations with broad charters for fire safety research;
  4. be prepared and willing for their organizations to commit resources to international programs of research, and to make input to international bodies concerned with international developments in fire safety (e.g., ISO, CIB, etc.);
  5. participate personally in the meetings and activities of the FORUM (or when unable to attend, send on their behalf, a suitable representative).

The FORUM welcomes applications from Directors of fire research organizations for membership providing that the criteria above can be supported fully.  However, applicants should note that any membership appointment granted by the FORUM will be made on a personal basis and cannot be delegated to other staff of their respective organization for attendance at meetings.

Additionally, the FORUM welcomes contact with Heads of all organizations involved in fire safety research for correspondent status where the criteria above may not be fully met.  For further information on FORUM membership and an application, contact:

Dr. Franco Tamanini
FM Global

1151 Boston-Providence Hwy
Norwood, MA 02062 USA
Tel: +1 781 255 4930
Fax: +1 781 255 4024
e-mail: francesco.tamanini@fmglobal.com


Current Members of FORUM

Name

Location

Organization

Greg Baker

New Zealand  

BRANZ

Dr. Pierre Carlotti

France

CSTB

Dr. Paul Croce

USA

Ex-officio

Dr. Pravinray Gandhi

USA

UL

Dr. Louis Gritzo

USA

FM Global

Dr. Eric Guillaume

France

Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais

Dr. Ichiro Hagiwara

Japan

BRI

Dr. Tuula Hakkarainen

Finland

VTT

Dr. Anthony Hamins

USA

NIST/Engineering Laboratory

Dr. ing Atle William Haskestad

Norway

SINTEF NBL as(the Norwegian Fire Research Laboratory)

Dr. Ming-chin Ho

Chinese Taipei

ABRI

Dr. Marc Janssens

USA

SwRI

Prof. Naian Liu

Peoples Republic of China

State Key Laboratory of Fire Science

Dr. Yoshiyuki Matsubara

Japan

NRIFD

Dr. Hyun-Joon Shin

Korea

KICT

Dr. Debbie Smith

UK

BRE

Dr. Björn Sundström

Sweden

SP

Dr. J. Russell Thomas

Canada

NRC Construction

Mr. Randall D. Watkins

USA

Sandia National Labs

Dr. Shuitsu Yusa

Japan

TBTL

Qinglin Zhang

China

TFRI

     

Membership Fees

Fees are collected annually from the FORUM members to cover awards and operation expenses.  These annual dues are based on a graduated schedule, which takes into account the size of the organization to which the member belongs.  There are three categories defined by the fire research budget of the organization (gross income).  The current membership fees are given in the following table:

Category

Fire Research Income/Budget

Membership Fee*

1

= and >  $5M

400

2

= and >  $1M < $5M

300

3

< $1M

200

* All figures are in US$.

A member organization may also commit funds to a project, over and above the annual membership fee.  This is done at the sole discretion of the member organization, and the funds are normally limited to cover the individual organization's expenses associated with the project.