Speakers

Fantina Tedim
Assistant professor at the Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Porto, Portugal
University Fellow at Charles Darwin University, Australia

Fantina Tedim has a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Porto. Her main area of interest and expertise is disaster risk reduction, vulnerability and resilience assessment. Although her research covers different hazards, her main interest is the social dimension of wildfires, and the prevention of extreme wildfire events. Currently, she is the lead of two international projects: FIREXTR-Prevent and prepare the society for extreme fire events (2016-2019) and AVODIS – Understanding and building on the social context of rural Portugal to prevent wildfire disasters (2019-2021). In the scope of FIREXTR project it was proposed a definition of Extreme Wildfire Events (EWE), a classification of wildfires based on fire behavior parameters, and the innovative concept of Fire Smart Territories.

Since 2007, she coordinated 2 international projects, participated in 3 European projects, edited 6 books, published 27 book chapters, 21 papers, and participated in 52 conferences. She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Prof. David Bowman
University of Tasmania

Professor David Bowman holds a research chair in Pyrogeography and Fire Science in the School of Natural Sciences and is the Director of the transdisciplinary Fire Centre at the University of Tasmania. He is developing the transdisciplinary field of pyrogeography that provides a synthetic understanding of landscape burning that unites human, physical and biological dimensions of fire from the geological past into the future and spanning local to global geographic scales.

Juli G. Pausas
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Juli Pausas has a PhD in ecology at the University of Barcelona. He is currently a scientist at Centro de Investigación sobre Desertificación (CIDE, Valencia, Spain) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His research focuses on ecology and evolution of mediterranean and fire-prone ecosystems, and specifically on understanding the role of fire in shaping populations, species (i.e., fire traits), communities (i.e., assembly processes), landscapes, and biomes. He has most experience in the Mediterranean Basin but his work has a global perspective. He has written more than 150 scientific papers, and wrote or edited 3 books (Cork oak woodlands, Fire ecology in Mediterranean ecosystems, Incendios forestales). For more details, please have a look as his web page and his blog.

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