Dear SFPE Europe members,

I hope you enjoyed your summer breaks and were able to travel to your favourite places. I deeply missed travelling in the last two summers and enjoyed my time in England and Wales this year.

Before the summer break Kees Both as SFPE Europe past chair and I travelled to Ghent and took part in the celebration of 10 years IMFSE. We were very impressed by the insights from going down memory lane. The IMFSE course is definitely going from strength to strength. Which reminds me to point out that the Master of Advanced Studies in Fire Safety Engineering at ETH has started the second course successfully. And I would like to mention that a new 1st Level Master in Fire Safety Engineering course, also based on the SFPE curriculum has started in Bolzano Italy. Congratulations on these courses and may they prosper like IMFSE so that we can celebrate their 10 year anniversaries in the years to come.

The 2022 SFPE Annual Conference & Expo took place this time in Detroit, Michigan USA. I would love to have joined but unfortunately I was not able to travel. The conference was organized in the professional way just as we have come to know and expect from SFPE. All the feedback I received showed the conference was well visited and everyone enjoyed meeting again in person.

As for SFPE Europe, the biannual SFPE European Conference & Expo on Fire Safety Engineering is taking place from 27th till 31st March 2023 in Berlin. We are in the middle of organizing it and are pleased that we have received over 70 strong abstracts. The conference organizing committee is doing a very good job in vetting all the abstracts and selecting the speakers. We are also working hard to get the commitment of very well-known key note speakers. We will have an impressive program for the conference and would like to encourage you to reserve the dates and join us. I look forward to meeting you in Berlin!

Enjoy the autumn colours and keep warm during the winter

David Grossmann, SFPE Europe Council Chair