The ERA Chair holder will be expected to conduct experimental, theoretical and/or numerical research in any area of fire safety. Particular emphasis will be given to areas that could have a positive impact in the evolution of fire safety engineering for Slovenia. These areas could include, but are not limited, to material flammability, performance of building systems, fire protection systems and the holistic assessment of infrastructure fire safety.
The FRISSBE project will implement new practices at the Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, ZAG, by attracting and maintaining high quality human resources under the direction of the ERA Chair holder. The project will lead to lasting, sustainable structural changes to achieve excellence at ZAG and spread excellence in the region. Designed structural changes aim to achieve excellence in the field of fire-safe sustainable built environments, modify ZAG’s research and innovation landscape, intensify strong cooperation with industry and result in enhanced competitiveness in attaining projects. Changes will be tested in a new autonomous unit, the FRISSBE ERA Chair, and transferable to ZAG as a whole. Structural and dissemination measures are balanced with testing and improving the concept. Structural measures involve improving the workflow, focusing on project preparation and quality management, building a network with stakeholders, and intensifying cooperation with industry. The concept will be tested on a few levels: testing the research enhancement process, building capacity in applying for competitive funds, and building sustainable relationships with industry. Dissemination activities focusing on two-way cooperation with identified stakeholders will enhance ZAGs network and positively contribute to its attractiveness. FRISSBE will have regional impacts in terms of research, education, and engineering. The team will build a strong interactive ecosystem with the InnoRenew CoE and the University of Primorska, as well as other supporters of the project. Added value of the project is amplifying the capacities of the Fire laboratory co-financed with ERDF funds, ensuring conditions to foster excellent research. The project will yield completed at least 3 PhD studies and 6 postdoctoral researches. The long-term sustainability of the ERA Chair will be achieved by combining national and EU research and innovation funding with industry funded research and development.
The main objective of the FRISSBE project is to establish an ERA Chair for fire-safe sustainable built environments at ZAG, where cutting edge research infrastructure for fire testing is being established. The combination of the new research infrastructure and the ERA Chair will create the appropriate conditions for high-quality outstanding researchers and research managers to move and engage with the beneficiary, aiming to achieve excellence in the scientific field of fire-safe sustainable built environments and modify their research and innovation landscape. With adequate institutional support, outstanding researcher, the ERA chair holder will have a decisive and positive impact on the culture and performance of the beneficiary.
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