Society of Fire Protection Engineering

Student Chapter

The fire research group at the University of Edinburgh established the first SFPE student chapter in Europe in 2012. The chapter was set up to promote fire safety engineering as a global profession, expand opportunities for students based in Scotland and form strong connections with other chapters around the world to enable knowledge transfer and international opportunities. 

If you are interested in finding out more about what we do or getting involved with some fire safety engineering activities or please contact one of our committee members.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the chapter is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and related fields, and to foster fire protection engineering education. This will be achieved through the following objectives:

  • Facilitate regular meetings to discuss and improve fire research at the University
  • Engagement with industry to improve the quality and relevance of work
  • Encourage students to become involved in fire safety engineering early on in their undergraduate studies
  • Promote communication with other student chapters around the world


The fire research group at the University of Edinburgh hold weekly SFPE meetings (every Thursday) to discuss current research and organise social activities. Commencing September 2015 there will also be a series of SFPE seminars from guest speakers. These presentations will cover a diverse and varied numbers of topics in fire protection engineering include visiting academics, fire engineering consultancies, architects and the fire service. The chapter has already successfully facilitated a variety of these discussions over this year but aims to have a new and regular format for the coming semester. A schedule for these talks will be made available once it is finalised.

Becoming involved

If you wish to become a member, please contact the Secretary or any of the committee members for a form, or alternatively download here. Hand-in or email the completed form back and you will become a member of both the SFPE and the University of Edinburgh student chapter. Elections for committee positions take place on an annual basis and all members are free to attend and encouraged to participate.

Events and news

Edinburgh Fire Digital Preservation project

The next indexing day (#2) will take place on Monday 13 July. Participants are encouraged to register their interest in the topics which are relevant to them so that the indexing can be as efficient as possible. More details of the Edinburgh Digital Preservation Project can be found here.

For more information, contact Mohamad El Houssami or Eric Mueller.

Posted: Martyn McLaggan on Wed 8 Jul

Weekly SFPE meetings

SFPE student chapter meetings are held every week throughout the year and open for anyone to attend. These student-led meetings cover a variety of topics and often have an external speaker to present on a given topic. Details of the day and location are given below: 

Alexander Graham Bell building
Seminar room 3.01
The King's Buildings

Every Thursday 13:00

Posted: Martyn McLaggan on Thu 5 Feb