International Association for Fire Safety Science

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International Association for Fire Safety Science
Formation1985; 38 years ago (1985)
TypeCharitable organization
PurposePromoting Research
Official language
Prof Patrick Van Hees
Main organ

The International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) is an institution founded with the primary objective of encouraging research into the science of preventing and mitigating the adverse effects of fires and of providing a forum for presenting the results of such research.[1] It is legally established as a charitable organization in England and Wales with number 800306.

The official research journal of the association is Fire Safety Journal,[2] published by Elsevier.

The association engages in other learned activities to the benefit of the fire science and engineering community[3] and operates an open mailing list by which people participate in on-line discussions.[4]


The International Association for Fire Safety Science perceives its role to lie in the scientific bases for achieving progress in unsolved fire problems. It will seek cooperation with other organizations, be they concerned with application or with the sciences that are fundamental to our interests in fire. It will seek to promote high standards, to encourage and stimulate scientists to address fire problems, to provide the necessary scientific foundations and means to facilitate applications aimed at reducing life and property loss.

Since its inaugural meeting in, the IAFSS has grown to more than four hundred members. Current members come from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Currently, Interscience Communications acts as the Secretariat for the association.[5]


The IAFSS holds triennial symposia. The first one took place in 1986 in Berkeley, California and the last one in 2014 at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. All papers in the proceedings have been peer reviewed through a rigorous review procedure. IAFSS symposia are very competitive with only about 1/3 of the submitted papers being accepted for publication.

The IAFSS bibliographic database[6] offers access to the complete citation information and abstracts for all the full papers in the Proceedings of the International Symposiums, Proceedings of the Asia-Oceania Association for Fire Science and Technology, and the Fire Research Notes from former Fire Research Station (now BRE).


  1. ^ IAFSS website
  2. ^ Fire Safety Journal website
  3. ^ The Institution of Fire Engineers USA
  4. ^ IAFSS email list
  5. ^ "Interscience Communications website". Archived from the original on 2010-01-08. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  6. ^ "IAFSS bibliographic database". Archived from the original on 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2020-01-24.

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