Illinois Fire Service Institute


International Programs: Northern Europe

Associate Director Brian Brauer presented at the Amsterdam Research on Emergency Administration (AREA) at Vrije University in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He also hosted a visiting scholar from Vrije University to study the organization of safety, security and surveillance.

Associate Director Brian Brauer visited northern Europe in late February 2013 to meet with one of IFSI's partners and to attend two days of research collaboration meetings at Vrije University in Amsterdam. The first visit was to Draeger in Lubeck, Germany. Brauer toured the company's factory, and was given a guided tour that focused on the company's rich history. The visit culminated with ongoing discussions about future collaborations between Draeger and IFSI.

The second stop on the trip was to Vrije University in Amsterdam, the oldest public university in the Netherlands. There Brauer attended two sets of meetings, the first with practitioners from around the Netherlands, and the second with researchers from the UK, UI, Finland, and Netherlands. The end result is the development of a multi-national research agenda, which will aid the universities and practitioners in the application for EU and other grant sources to research our common issues.

Dr. Lian Ruan, Head Librarian and Director of IFSI International Programs, participated IFLA World Library and Information Congress from August 19 to August 25 2017 in Wroclaw, Portland. She delivered the IFLA poster presentation entitled "Developing Leaders and Innovators in the 21st Century: the Chinese Librarians Scholarly Exchange Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign." She also delivered a presentation entitled "CALA and IFLA" at Chinese Speaking Caucus. She attended the meetings of the IFLA Section Standing Committee for Information Literacy Section as a member and other conference programs and presentations.

From September 18 to 21, 2018, Gary Coney and Toby Jackson attended the Fireground Survival Seminar and Symposium in Antwerp, Belgium.

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