Monthly Archives: March 2017

Seminar 1: Why do houses burn down?

First Free Lunchtime Seminar of 2017


Why do Houses Burn Down?

Learning from the Wye River – Separation Creek Bushfires


Over 100 houses were lost in Wye River and Separation Creek during the bushfires on Christmas Day, 2015. Understanding how houses burn down helps us understand how to prevent fire damage in the future through better design principles and regulation.

Join us for the first in the CDMPS free lunchtime seminar series for 2017.

12pm—1pm Wednesday 29 March 2017
Forum Theatre, Arts West (Level 1, North Wing, Building 148)
Professors Walk
The University of Melbourne, Parkville
Map of building location – Unimelb Map or Google Maps

This seminar is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about all aspects of disaster management from highly experienced academics and practitioners.

Register for this event on Eventbrite here – REGISTER

Alan March has practised since 1991 in a broad range of private sector and government settings and has had roles in statutory and strategic planning, advocacy, and urban design. He is particularly interested in the ways that planning and design can modify disaster risks, and he researches planning and urban design principles for bushfire. Alan is an Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Director of the Bachelor of Design degree at the University of Melbourne. His teaching includes disaster risk reduction, urban design, planning law and planning theory subjects.

Justin Leonard has dedicated the last 20 of his 24 year research career to the understanding of how bushfire risk to life and infrastructure can be managed. His work has built on the learning of an already established research area within CSIRO in which he was initially mentored and then inherited. The research area combines learnings from bushfire exposure experiments with post-bushfire survey investigations and computer modelling of bushfire interactions with buildings. Justin dedicates a significant proportion of his time each year to present various aspects of these learnings to professionals and community members at various forums, events and media. Providing an independent science voice to a domain often influenced by many other interests. 


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