31/08/2004

UU conference to discuss 9/11 recommendations

Details of recommendations made by a taskforce set up to examine building regulations following the 9/11 terrorist attacks are to be revealed at a three-day international conference at the University of Ulster tomorrow.

Organised by the University of Ulster and Interscience Communications, and held its Belfast campus, 'Human Behaviour in Fire' will bring together experts from both the public and private sectors and survivors of the attacks which killed more than 2,700 people.

Some 44 papers will be presented by speakers from 19 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the USA, the UK, Malaysia and South Korea.

The keynote address on the lessons to be learned from 9/11 will be given by Patricia Lancaster, Commissioner of NYC Building Department, and Stanley Dawe, Chief of Fire Prevention, Fire Department of New York City.

It will end with a special keynote address by Sir Bernard Crossland, Emeritus Professor Queen’s University and chairman of the Kings Cross Enquiry which examined the deaths of 31 people in a fire at the London underground station during the rush hour on November 18 1987.

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