Grunde Jomaas was recently appointed as the ERA chair for the FRISSBE project. He received his BSc degree in Fire Protection Engineering from University of Maryland in 2001 (Summa Cum Laude). After graduating, he worked one year for Combustion Science and Engineering in Maryland as a staff engineer. In 2008 he received his PhD degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University with a thesis that focused on flame propagation and instabilities. Thereafter, he was a post-Doc at École Centrale Paris before moving to the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) as an assistant professor in the department of Civil Engineering in 2009. In 2016, he was appointed Professor and BRE Chair of Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Jomaas has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal publications, as well as book chapters, reports and conference papers. His work has been cited more than 2500 times according to Google Scholar. These papers are based on a very broad experience in the field of combustion and fire safety engineering. He is a popular speaker at seminars, and has given more than 50 conference talks and invited seminars on various topics around the world.
Dr Jomaas has a wide teaching experience related with fire safety engineering. He has taught classes such as Fire Dynamics, Fire Chemistry, Fire Risk Analysis, Fire Risk Management, Building Fire Safety, Fire Protection Fluid Mechanics, Building Fire Technology, Fire Risk Assessment and Laboratory, and Applied Fire Safety – Standardization and Test Methods. In addition, he developed and managed a specialist education on Fire Investigation for the Danish National Police. He has also a substantial teaching experience in research methods.
Grunde Jomaas has worked on numerous consulting projects for the industry while at DTU and UoE, and as an independent consultant. He is known to provide high quality solutions that solve the problems at hand, and the solutions are always supported by well-documented, well-written reports.
Currently, he is an Alternate Member of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Technical Committee on Fire Risk Assessment Methods (FIR-AAA). During his tenure in the committee, two documents have been published: “NFPA 551: Guide for Evaluation of Fire Risk Assessments” and “NFPA 550: Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts Tree.”
Recently, he was awarded the John L. Bryan mentoring award from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE):
The John L. Bryan Award - SFPE
Andraž Legat, PhD (Physics, male), is Head of Research Core Funding P2-0273 Building structures and materials for the period 1999 - 2024. His research work is primarily oriented toward the durability of building materials and structures and the development of new materials for sustainable construction. His particular field of interest are methods for monitoring and characterisation of corrosion processes. He has published more than 50 scientific papers, which were cited more than 600 times. He has been involved in and coordinated several national and international research projects. He has vast experience with leading, coordination and management since he was the director of ZAG in the period May 2005 – May 2019. He also acted as a president of ENBRI (European Network of Building Research Institutes) and vice-president of FEHRL (Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories). For the third time, he has been elected as a member of the Steering Committee of the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP).
(alongside to the ERA Chair holder and the Project Coordinator)
She is the Head of the ZAG Administrative Services Sector and the Unit for Finance, Accounting and Project Support. She works at ZAG for the last 7 years. In the last decade, she was involved as a project manager in projects funded in the following international research programmes: FP7, Eco-Innovation, Interreg Central Europe and Interreg SI-AT. She has been involved in the financial management of H2020, FP7, Eco-Innovation, LIFE+, Interreg and EIT RawMaterials projects. She has also gained expertise in legal aspects of international projects, including intellectual property management. She is experienced in preparing and executing dissemination plans for projects, working closely with ZAG public relations service. The aspects of GDPR within research project execution are well known to her.
As an expert in the financial and legal field, she is appointed as the Project Manager of this project. She will help the PC and ERA Chair in financial monitoring of the project and ensure effective, efficient and on-time implementation of the project activities.
He is Head of the Department of Building Physics at ZAG with over 20 years of experience in research and conducting tests in building physics. His focus of research is in reaction to fire, the toxicity of fire effluents and previously also renewable energy, building physics, life cycle assessment, radon health risk prevention and radon mitigation in buildings. He is/has been involved in 8 research projects in EU FP 7 and H2020 programmes and 4 other projects funded by the EU (LIFE+, cohesion funds). He was also involved in numerous national industrial research projects. At ZAG, he was coordinating work in the national Competence centre for sustainable and innovative construction. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Scientific and professional council of SRIP Smart buildings and homes with wood chain, launched by the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy at the Government of the Republic of Slovenia as a mechanism for implementation of the smart specialisation strategy. He is a member of many professional associations: European Organization for Technical Assessment, where he is the convenor of PT 12 group, dealing with sustainable use of natural resources in construction products, Board member of ECO Platform, chairman of technical committee TGO at SIST and representative of SIST in CEN TC 350. He is (co-) author of over 30 scientific and technical publications. Data on publication is available on link.
She is the Head of ZAG Project Support Office. In the last decade, she was involved in the research part of two Interreg projects and has shifted her focus 4 years ago towards project management and proposal preparation within different calls, e.g. ARRS (Slovenian Research Agency), Interreg, H2020, EIT RawMaterials and other projects funded by Slovenian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport. In the meantime, she has also gained experience in legal aspects of projects, dissemination and communication, and intellectual property issues.
Additionally, she is a PhD student at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Information Technologies as part of their Renewable Materials and Healthy Built Environments PhD study programme. Within her studies, she is focusing on knowledge management aspects as a support mechanism to achieve better research results and scientific excellence and will offer support to the ERA Chair holder also in this aspect.
2 senior researchers are foreseen at the position of Research Counsellor. Health and dental insurance, social charges and pension contribution are included. Both employments are foreseen to start in January 2022 and will be completed with the end of the FRISSBE project in December 2026. More information will be added when researchers will be employed. This is a draft version of the employment plan and can change before the official job posting as a consequence of the agreement with the ERA Chair holder by the end of 2021. Updates will be regularly posted on the website.
6 postdoctoral researchers are foreseen at the position of Assistant with PhD. Health and dental insurance, social charges and pension contribution are included. At the moment, employments are foreseen for Q2 2022, Q1 2023, and Q1 2024; 2 persons in each period, but the schedule might be changed until the end of 2021. Each employment is estimated for the usual duration of a postdoctoral research project, which is in Slovenia 2 years. More information will be added when researchers will be employed. This is a draft version of the employment plan and can change before the official job posting as a consequence of the agreement with the ERA Chair holder by the end of 2021. Updates will be regularly posted on the website.
3 PhD students are foreseen at the position of Young Researcher. Health and dental insurance, social charges and pension contribution are included. 2 employments are foreseen on October 1st 2022 and one in October 2023. Each employment is estimated for the duration of PhD study programme, which is 3 years in Slovenia. More information will be added when students will be employed. This is a draft version of the employment plan and can change before the official job posting as a consequence of the agreement with the ERA Chair holder by the end of 2021. Updates will be regularly posted on the website.
The FRISSBE ERA Chair team will be completed after the employment of the ERA Chair holder.