On Thursday, 11 August, 2022 The Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (ZAG) and The Slovenian Fire Protection Association (SZPV) organized a special event for the Slovenian communities that deal with fire safety. Interesting content and the fact that it was also given by experienced and highly educated scientists from abroad caught the public's eye.
The initial attraction of the event was probably caused by the eloquent title as at that time firefighters from all over the country were dealing with the biggest wild fire in the history of Slovenia. Moreover, the seminar got great media coverage in important Slovenian media such as Planet TV, national radio RTV SLO, newspaper Nedeljske novice and others. The FRISSBE project was thus on television for the first time!
The audience was greeted by Dr Andraž Legat from ZAG, who is also the coordinator of the FRISSBE project and the initiator of the event. The speakers were prof. dr. José Torero from University College London, prof. dr. Grunde Jomaas from ZAG and Friderik Knez also from ZAG.
Dr Aleš Jug from SZPV lead the discussions and as the event was partly Slovenian and partly English, he summarized each English lecture in Slovene.
Prof. Torero talked about fire safety challenges in modern and sustainable built environments, how the fire of the Grenfell Tower influenced fire safety strategies across the globe, and about fire safety challenges in how we design timber buildings and suppress fire in them. Prof. Grunde Jomaas focused on the fire safety of photovoltaic systems on buildings, while Friderik Knez presented some of the outstanding capacities of new fire laboratory of ZAG in Logatec, which will carry out experimental research, product development and standardized testing of construction products.