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10th International Conference on Structures in Fire

6-8 June 2018
Titanic Belfast

5 June Welcome reception

On behalf of FireSert, Ulster University welcomes you to the 10th International Conference on Structures in Fire.

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  • SiF 2018

    The 10th International Conference on Structures in Fire conference shall be hosted by the Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT) at Ulster University.

    The main mission of the SiF conference is to provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and engineers to share their "structures in fire" research, technology and expertise with their peers in an international forum.

    Allowing papers to be submitted only a few months before the conference permits the most current scholarships to be presented.

    In addition to high quality state-of-the-art presentations the 2018 conference will place significant value on discussions both formally following presentations and informally through receptions, meals and breaks at Belfast's Titanic centre and Waterfront Hall.

    Previous conferences

    The SiF hosted its first international workshop in Denmark in 2000, followed by workshops in New Zealand (2002), Canada (2004) and Portugal (2006).

    These events were renamed as international conferences on Structures in Fire held in Singapore (2008), Untied States (2010), Switzerland (2012), China (2014) and USA (2016).

    We hope you will join us as SiF travels back to the United Kingdom in 2018.

    Previous conference information can be viewed at

    Important dates

    • 22 December 2017 - Submission on extended abstracts
    • 31 January 2018 - Notification of acceptance abstracts
    • 20 March 2018 - Submission of full papers
    • 1 April 2018 - Early registration ends
    • 5 June 2018 - Welcome reception
    • 6 June 2018 - Conference begins
  • Committee Members

    Organising Committee

    Steering Committee

    • Prof Jean-Marc Franssen, University of Liege, Belgium
    • Prof Andy Buchanan, University of Cantebury, New Zealand
    • Prof Kodur Venkatesh, Michigan State University, USA
    • Prof Paulo Villa Real, University of Aveiro, Portugal

    Scientific Committee

    Members of the scientific committee will be decided at a later date once all abstracts have been submitted.

  • Call for Papers

    You are invited to submit an extended abstract (two pages) describing the results of your latest scientific research or innovative applications of structural fire engineering no later than 22 December 2017.

    Submit your abstract

    Please submit your abstract Online.

    Email Naveed Allam if you experience difficulties with abstract submissions.

    Focus for papers

    The focus of the conference is on the behaviour of structures under fire exposure, including the art, science and practice of structural fire engineering.

    The following topics are addressed:

    • fire and thermal models of fire resistance evaluation
    • Numerical modelling of structures exposed to fire
    • Simple calculation methods
    • Experimental studies
    • Material behaviour at high temperatures
    • Validation
    • Practical applications and case studies
    • Global structure fire behaviour
    • Steel, concrete, masonry, timber, aluminium and composite structures.
    • Thermal and mechanical model interface (e.g. CFD-FE)
    • Probabilistic aspects of structural fire engineering.
    The deadline for submissions is 22 December 2017

    What to include

    The extended abstract should be two pages in length and must provide a clear summary of the proposed paper. It should include the title of the paper and full contact information of the authors.

    Figures, tables and references may be included. Acknowledgements can be left ot the written paper.

    Your abstract should give sufficient information to allow the reviewers to judge the quality and innovative character of your paper. You should focus on the description of your working and results, avoiding, for example, a long introduction giving the advantages of the product or structural system on which you have been working.

    Highlight the added value of your work compared to previous works by you or others (mention previous publications, with references and point out the new aspects that will be contained in your SiF presentation.)

    Submitting your abstract

    When submitting your abstract the submission process will ask you to indicate the reviewing track under which you think your presentation should fall:

    • Applications of Structural Fire Safety Engineering
    • Concrete structures and other topics
    • Timber structures and fire protection materials
    • Numerical modelling
    • Composite structures
    • Steel structures

    The final format of the conference will be decided when the number of accepted abstracts is known.

    The quality of the work will be the only acceptance criterion.

    Submit Full Papers

    The submission for full papers will open in March 2018.

  • Conference Venue

    The main conference will be held at Titanic Belfast.

    Titanic Belfast

    The centre offers panoramic views over the slipways, the exact site where the giant structure of Titanic was built over 100 years ago.

    On the first four floors, visitors can enjoy Titanic Belfast’s nine interactive galleries using state-of-the-art technology and innovative design to tell Titanic’s story from conception to construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.

    Conference locations

    All of our conference locations are held in the centre of Belfast, they offer sophisticated surroundings mixed with Northern Irish culture, giving you a truly unique and authentic taste of Belfast and Northern Ireland.

    Ulster University

    Your welcome reception will be held at Ulster University's modern Belfast city campus, which is located in the city centre and easily accessed by walking or public transport.

    Ulster University has a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement and makes a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland. Its core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer.

    Belfast City Hall

    This magnificent building will host the conference's gala dinner.

    Built in 1906 the interior of this opulent Victorian building is breathtaking and a splendid setting for welcoming conference delegates to the city.

    Due to the central location of the City Hall, transport hire is not necessary. The majority of the city centre hotels are within 2-3 minute walking distance from Belfast City Hall.

  • Registration and costs


    Cost (before 1 April 2018) : £360
    Cost (after 1 April 2018) : £400

    This price includes:

    • Receptions
    • Lunch/breaks
    • Proceedings
    • Conference Dinner


    Cost (before 1 April 2018) : £260
    Cost (after 1 April 2018) : £300

    This price includes:

    • Receptions
    • Lunch/breaks
    • Proceedings

    If students would like to attend the conference dinner an additional £80 per person will be added to the price.

  • Conference Schedule

    The conference begins on Tuesday 5 June with a welcome reception at Ulster University's Belfast campus, which is generously sponsored by Ulster University's Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.


    The conference schedule will be available once abstracts have been reviewed.

    Oral presentations

    Oral presentations are spaced 15 minutes apart.

    This means that each presentation should be no more than 12-13 minutes long to allow time for questions by the audience.

    Please be respectful of this time limit.

    A PC computer will be available in each auditorium.

    Please upload your presentation with a USB before the session begins.

    There will be conference staff assisting you with this.

    Guidelines on posters

    At one point the conference organisers considered allowing those that present orally to supplement their presentation with a poster. however, for various reason we have decided NOT to do this.

    Further information about the work presented is available in the printed proceedings (which will be available at the time of the conference) and further discussion can be had in the five hours total of informal networking/discusiion time built into the conference day.

    The posters and coffee/snacks will be in the large gallery space outside the doors to the auditoruim. This relatively small number, plus the centralised location, enable the posters to be given good attention.

    Your poster size should not be larger than 0.9 meters wide by 1.2 meters deep.

    Please make your poster as close to this size as possible (but not larger.)

  • Travel and accommodation

    The 10th Annual SiF conference will be held in Northern Ireland's capital city of Belfast.

    Getting to Belfast

    Belfast is accessible from anywhere in the world by just two flights.

    With two airports in Belfast, Dublin airport only 90 minutes away with excellent rail and road access, and London a one hour connection, it is easier and more affordable to get here than you might think.

    In addition, airfares are comparable to equivalent UK and European rail travel.

    George Best Belfast City Airport

    Situated just three miles from Belfast City Centre, this airport has 350 weekly return flights, including 79 from London with British Airways and Are Lingus which take an hour.

    Belfast International Airport

    Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove is 30 minutes drive via the M2 Motorway. The airport has daily flights to 13 UK destinations and 20 European/International.

    By Rail

    The Enterprise train services runs eight times daily from Dublin to Belfast with the journey lasting approximately two hours.

    By Bus

    Dublin Airport Express Coach Service operates from Dublin Airport 24 hours a day with a journey time of approximately two hours.

    Getting around Belfast

    Belfast is a compact and walkable city, with the majority of venues, hotels and attractions within a 5-10 minute walk of one another.

    Should additional transportation be required there are a number of bus and train options with taxis in the city being affordable (approximately £6 from the City Airport to the conference venue)

    If you want to see more of Belfast

    Belfast is full of exciting and interesting places to visit and there is something for everyone.

    To get the best out of your trip, why not look at the Visit Belfast website for some inspiration.

    To experience a taste of Northern Irish culture why not consider the following:

    Cathedral Quarter

    The historic heart of Belfast is now the city’s up and coming cultural hotspot. These cobbled streets are dotted with gems of all kinds from restaurants, pubs, art and photographic galleries and even a circus! Each year the quarter hosts a cutting edge festival with the emphasis on bringing the arts to unorthodox places.

    The Murals

    View the famous political and cultural murals in the west and east of the city - either on a black taxi tour or on an open top bus. Learn about the history and culture of Belfast through the political wall murals and before you leave, add your personal message to the peace wall.

    Guinness, Oysters and Irish music In a traditional Belfast pub

    Sample a local brew in one of Belfast’s historic hostelries, visit one of the traditional pubs for a live Irish music sessions, or check out the hip and trendy bar and club scene, you’ll find it all in Belfast!

    Sample local produce at the lively St George’s Market

    If you want to enjoy a real taste of Belfast, visit St. George’s Market, open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday offering a wide range of local high quality specialist food and products. Customers can sample the produce; relax with a coffee and newspaper against a backdrop of live jazz or flamenco music. This market is a real treat and a great way to spend a few hours at the weekend.

    Shopping at Victoria Square

    Victoria Square is Northern Ireland’s shopping mecca, offering a diverse mix of fashion brands including high street and premium labels. Housed under an impressive dome which boasts 360 degree views across the city.

    Entry Visa and requirements

    For UK nationals a passport is not strictly neccessary but photographic identification is required. Check with your airline/ferry company as requirements vary.

    For other nationals a valid passport or national identity card is required.

    Visas are not usually requires for citizens from Europe and most other western countries.

    Further information is available from the British Embassy in your country of origin.


    With 57 hotels in greater Belfast comprising 4,552 rooms the city offers variety, from renowned brands through to distinctive and iconic hotels. In addition by 2018 seven hotels plan to be completed in Belfast - adding 683 rooms.

    Delegates will be able to choose a range of accommodation stars within a short walk of the Belfast Waterfront.

    As part of the expansion, the Hilton Hotel will have a direct covered connection to the venue. With 198 bedrooms and additional meeting space for up to 400 people this is a potential headquarters hotel.

    Delegates can call or email the in-house reservations team to book quoting SIF18.

    Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre

    • £129 Bed & Breakfast per Single Occupancy Room per Night
    • £139 Bed & Breakfast per Double Occupancy Room per Night

    T: 0044 2890 242494 select option 1 for reservations


    Holiday Inn Express Belfast City Queens Quarter

    • £109 Bed & Breakfast per Single Occupancy Room per Night
    • £115 Bed & Breakfast per Double Occupancy Room per Night

    T: 0044 2890 311909 select option 1 for reservations


    Ibis Belfast City Centre

    • £109 Bed & Breakfast per Single Occupancy Room per Night
    • £115 Bed & Breakfast per Double Occupancy Room per Night

    T: 0044 2890 238888 select option 1 for reservations


    Ibis Belfast Queens Quarter

    • £109 B&B per Single Occupancy Room per Night
    • £115 B&B per Double Occupancy Room per Night

    T: 0044 2890 336666 select option 1 for reservations


    All rates include breakfast, VAT and free Wi-Fi. They require credit/debit card details to guarantee the reservations only and payment is then due at the hotels.

    Park Inn by Radisson Belfast

    • Basis: Bed & Breakfast VAT and WIFI
    • Cancellation: 28 days of date of Booking – 100% of the Total Cost is charged
    • £119 standard room with single occupancy per night
    • £129 standard room with double occupancy per night

    T: +44 28 90434065



    Radisson Blu Belfast

    • Basis: Bed & Breakfast VAT and WIFI
    • Cancellation: 28 days of date of Booking – 100% of the Total Cost is charged
    • £129 standard room with single occupancy per night
    • £139 standard room with double occupancy per night

    T: +44 28 90434065



    Fitzwilliam Hotel

    • £162.00 per room per night inclusive of Overnight accommodation & Full Fitzwilliam Breakfast
    • £175.00 per room per night inclusive of Overnight accommodation & Full Fitzwilliam Breakfast
    • Guests to call and book their own rooms quoting ‘SIF18’

    T: +44 (0) 28 9044 2080



    Hilton Belfast

    • £129 Single Occupancy
    • £139 Double Occupancy
    • Breakfast Inclusive
    • 21 day individual cancelation policy
    • Credit card details required at time of booking

    Book online at

    T: +44 (0) 28 90 277216 and quote GUUFA


    Ramada Encore Belfast

    • £85 BB single
    • £95 BB double occupancy per room per night, these rates are subject to availability.
    • The code SIF18 is to be quoted via email to Rachel Morrison (Reservations Coordinator)

    T: 02890 261800



    Bullitt Hotel

    • £95 per room per night to include a cooked breakfast

    T: 02895 900600




    • £80 per night single occupancy
    • £95 double occupancy.
    • Guests need to call with the reference SIF18 and provide card details for their booking and pay on arrival



    The Crescent Townhouse Hotel

    • Room only single £67
    • Room only double £67
    • B&B single £75
    • B&B double £83
    • They require credit card details from Delegates to guarantee & confirm their bookings



Belfast attractions & leisure gallery

SIF 2018 will take place in Belfast.

FireSERT at Ulster University

FireSERT is the Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre within the School of Built Environment at Ulster University. FireSERT is internationally recognised for its excellence and contribution to Fire Safety Engineering and Science. Find out more about our research and facilities at FireSert.