PyroLife: Employment and training for new generations to fight new forest fires challenges

2019-06-23

PCF is part of PyroLIfe, a recently funded project with four million euros by the Horizon 2020 program, which frames the Marie-Curie, one of the most prestigious training networks in science

Pyro Life, the project that supports the training of 15 young experts to tackle the global EU wildfire problematic in an interdisciplinary practice, has been funded for the coming 4 years.

2018 was a glimpse of the future: deadly mega-fires in the Mediterranean and numerous wildfires in temperate and boreal regions. Lately, facts are coming that a traditional mono-disciplinary attitude cannot solve this challenge. Thus, the outcome of the project is to provide a global understanding and solutions to address these current wildfire challenges that Europe is currently facing. 

Enhancing the career perspectives and employability of researchers and contribution to skills development

PyroLife highlights this challenge and bets to address this problem through its training to a new generation of interdisciplinary experts in holistic integrated fire management, through knowledge transfer between South and NW Europe and application of lessons learned in prevention of floods and other risks.

The Project recently funded by EU provides 15 PhD candidates with the in-depth, interdisciplinary, integrated and transferable knowledge and skills required to complete their research and maximize future employability. With an exemplary gender balance and diversity in industry and academia.

Marie-Curie Action and its outstanding quality of the consortium

Moreover, we highlight that the project is funded by the prestigious Marie-Curie Action within the H2020 programme, highly competitive, as the proposal has been one of the 128 proposals granted, out of the 1,565 proposals submitted. On top of that, we spotlight the outstanding quality of the consortium. Below you will find an overview of the full consortium. All these 21 partners are under the umbrella of Wageningen University and its coordinator, Cathelijne Stoof.

The Netherlands: Wageningen University & Research

United Kingdom: University of Birmingham, Imperial College, Forestry Commission England, WildfireTacAd, ARUP

Germany: European Forest Institute

Spain: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Tecnosylva, Pau Costa Foundation

Cyprus: European University Cyprus

Portugal: Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Águas de Portugal

France: IRSTEA (Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l'Environnement et l'Agriculture)

Denmark: Fredriksborg Fire and Rescue Service

Poland: Instytut Techniki Budowlanej (Building Research Institute)

Greece: Hellenic Agricultural Organization "Demeter"

International: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation

USA: National Fire Protection Association

Canada: University of Alberta

New Zealand: New Zealand Forest Research Institute

PyroLife combines excellent research and supervision to make an impact on society and economy, through broad dissemination and communication. The project structures doctoral training by being the first large and integrated doctoral training program on wildfires globally, being a leading example for training of our future leaders.