BUSHFIRE AND NATURAL HAZARDS SCIENCE

Sharing our tools, our knowledge, and our strengths in order to respond in the best possible way to the forthcoming global changes that will affect us all.

Born after the France and Australia Bushfires Science Workshop, this community aims at continuing the discussion and strengthen the bilateral collaborations between France and Australia, in the field of Bushfire Science, Natural Hazard, and Climate Prediction…

Because Science is stronger when it is shared, and because these fields of expertise are so crucial to the sustainability of our communities and societies, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Business France, the Embassy of France, the AFRAN Association, as well as many French and Australian researchers, emergency services or private actors are joining forces on these topics. This community is an avenue to support bilateral or multilateral activities in these fields.

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SEBASTIEN LAHAYE

PhD on wildfire science and 20 years’ career as Fire Officer in the South of France. In 2017, he conducted research on extreme wildfires at University of New South Wales. For the 3 last years, at SAFE Cluster (FR), he has coordinated FIRE-IN, a H2020 project building a network of Fire and Rescue practitioners to boost research and innovation in Europe. He has also contributed to several collaborative initiatives to develop societal resilience face to fires. In 2020, he has founded Warucene Company and taken the lead of the French network of prescribed burnings (500+ foresters, firefighters and pastoral farmers).

JEAN-BAPTISTE FILIPPI

Jean Baptiste Filippi is a Researcher at CNRS since 2006. He received his Phd from the University of Corsica in 2003. He was a Japanese Society for the promotion of Science Post doctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo where he performed research on drifting seaweeds, using discrete events simulation. In 2005 he worked in data processing for the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecast in Reading (UK). He is now focusing his research on forest fire and atmosphere simulation, uncertainty quantification and burn probabilities using deep learning,  developing methods, softwares and frameworks (from raw data storage and retrieval to front propagation simulation and result analysis). Coordinator of two national projects on wildfire forecasting tools (including the current FireCaster program), he received the 2nd prize ATOS/Fourier in 2014 for his work on fire weather computation.

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FERNANDO ALVES

Fernando Guerra Alves is the Head of the Industry department for Business France Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands (the French Embassy Trade Commission). He holds a double Master’s degree in Commerce & Business Management from the University of Sydney Business School.

He is responsible for leading a team of local trade and investment consultants and is the gateway for French companies in the industry sector wishing to develop in and expand to ANZ. Fernando and his team focus on advising CEOs on how to successfully set up their business in Australia by developing strong ties with Commonwealth, State & Territory government agencies, prime contractors and the local supply chain. He has assisted over 200 French companies since 2017 in the defence, Manufacturing, infrastructure, spatial, renewable energy and mining industries, and has also led several official trade missions in Australia and ASEAN, including the agency’s flagship accelerator program “Maritime Connection Days” launched by the French President in May 2018.

PARTNERS INVOLVED

Our network includes world leading Institutions with expertise across the entire bushfire and natural hazards sector, from researchers, emergency services to end-users.

BATTERIES

French Labs:

  • ICMCB (CNRS UMR 5026) Université de Bordeaux: Energy: Materials and Batteries

  • IMN (CNRS UMR 6502) Université de Nantes : Electrochemical Storage and Conversion of Energy” and “Physics of materials and nanostructures

  • ICMPE (CNRS UMR 7182) Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris-Est : Metallurgy, and inorganic materials for batteries

  • IRCP (CNRS UMR 8247) Institut de Recherche de Chimie, Paris : Physico-chemistry for Improving Sustainability of Chemical Processes and Interfaces and Electrochemistry, Energy including batteries and solid oxide fuel cells

  •  LAAS (CNRS UPR 8001) Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systèmes, Toulouse : Integration of the storage systems

  • IMS (CNRS UMR5218) Bordeaux: Integration of Materials to Systems

  • AMPERE (UMR CNRS 5005) Lyon: Electrical engineering and systems integration

 

Australian Labs:

  • Deakin University (IFM) : Battery materials and BatTRIhub prototyping lab

  • The University of New South Wales School of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry: Batteries materials chemistry and operando characterizations of batteries.

  • University of South Australia (UNISA) Future Industries Institute: Battery materials and grid integration

  • ANU college of engineering: Electrical energy storage and grid integration

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HYDROGEN

French Labs:

  • IEM, CNRS (UMR5635), Université de Montpellier, ENSCM : Boron-based compounds, including borohydrides, boranes and boron nitride for hydrogen storage

  • ICMPE, CNRS (UMR7182), Université Paris-Est Créteil : Hydrogen storage materials (metal and complex hydrides, porous/metal hybrids) and theoritical modelling

  • FEMTO-ST, CNRS (UMR6174), Université de Franche-Comté, ENSMM, Univ. T. Belfort-Montbéliard : Hydrogen tanks and systems integration

  • IMN, CNRS (UMR6502), Université de Nantes : Solid-oxide fuel cells and electrolysers

  • ICMCB, CNRS (UMR5026), Université de Bordeaux : Hydrolysis of metals and metallic hydrides, fuel cells and electrolysers.

  • LAPLACE, CNRS (UMR5213) Toulouse: Laboratory for Plasma and Energy Conversion, integration of system, and aviation

 

Australian Labs:

  • University of New South Wales School of Chemical Engineering: Nanoscale for hydrogen storage and catalytic hydrogen production including water electrolysis, photocatalysis and electrocatalysis for fuel cells.

  • Flinders: hydrogen production including photocatalysis

  • ANU, college of Engineering: Photocatalysis, high temperature hydrogen generation and enhanced photovoltaic water splitting.

GRID TECHNOLOGY

French Labs:

  • G2ELAB – Grenoble: Power Electronic, Smart Buildings& Smart Grids, interaction with pro’sumers

  • Laplace – Toulouse: optimal design of  autonomous and connected micro-grids

  • LAAS– Toulouse: Power Electronics architecture of micro-grids

  • L2EP – Lille : smart grids smart-buildings, power electronics, social acceptability

  • GEEPS – Paris: optimal design, micro-grids

Australian Labs:

  • UNSW: School of Electrical and Chemical Engineering – grid management and integration of systems, power electronics and smart building

  • Deakin University Energy Centre: Microgrid as test bed and integration of energy storage

  • UniSA: Grid management and smart buildings

  • ANU College of Engineering: Grid optimisation and systems integration

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SOLAR

French Labs:

  • IPVF, LPICM, GEEPS : Photovoltaic conversion devices and systems

  • PROMES, LOCIE-INES, CETHIL, RAPSODEE: Thermal and thermodynamic solar energy conversion

  • ICCMO, PROMES, IPVF: solar to fuels, artificial photosynthesis

  • LOCIE-INES, CETHIL, GEEPS : distributed production, monitoring and prediction of solar power generation

Australian Labs:

  • UNSW:

    • UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, School of Built environment and School of Chemical Eng: Photovoltaics, solar thermal, forecasting, solar to chemicals and building integration

  • ANU:

    • College of engineering: photovoltaic and  Solar Thermal

    • Deakin:

    • IFM: Solar to fuels

  • Uni SA: solar thermal and energy storage

  • Flinders: organic photovoltaics

FRENCH LABS

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LPICM

Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces

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PROMES

Laboratoire PROcédés, Matériaux et Energie Solaire

IPVF

Ile-de-France Photovoltaic Institute

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GEEPS

Group of electrical engineering – Paris

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ICMCB

Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry

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IRCP

Institut de Recherche de Chimie, Paris

ICCMO

Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d'Orsay

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ICMPE

Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris-Est

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G2ELAB

Grenoble Electrical Engineering laboratory

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FEMTO-ST

Franche-Comté Électronique Mécanique Thermique et Optique - Sciences et Technologies

LAAS

Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systèmes, Toulouse

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L2EP

Laboratoire d'électrotechnique et d'électronique de puissance de Lille

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LAAS

Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systèmes, Toulouse

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L2EP

Laboratoire d'électrotechnique et d'électronique de puissance de Lille

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IEM

Institut Européen des Membranes

LAPLACE

Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d'Energie

IMS

Laboratoire de l'Intégration du Matériau au Système

IMN

Institut des Matériaux
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AUSTRALIAN LABS

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UNSW

School of Chemical Engineering

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UNSW

UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

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UNSW

School of Electrical Engineering

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ANU

College of Engineering

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ANU

Australian National University

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DEAKIN UNIVERSITY


University of  South Australia

Flinders University

Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology


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