Proulx and Magnusson Early Career Awards

Award, Eligibility and its Privileges

The Proulx and Magnusson Early Career Awards recognize meritorious achievement by members of the IAFSS who are early in their careers and have contributed a body of work that is of significance to any area of fire safety science. The two awards are distinguished by the period of time from completion of the candidates’ most recent educational degree. Each of the awards consists of a grant of US $4000, a plaque, and free registration to the Symposium. Each recipient will also deliver at the Symposium a review paper drawn from their body of work.

For the Proulx Award, candidates must be within five years from completion of their most recent degree at the time of nomination. The award commemorates Dr. Guylene Proulx (1960- 2009), an expert in human behavior in fire at National Research Council Canada, and IAFSS Board member at the time she passed away.

For the Magnusson Award, candidates must be within five to ten years from completion of their most recent degree at the time of nomination. The award commemorates Prof. Sven Erik Magnusson (1938-2014), pioneer of parametric fires and risk management at Lund University, Sweden, and a driving force in creating the first education curriculum for fire safety engineering.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be made by an IAFSS member in good standing. Self-nominations will be considered, too. The following documents should be submitted:

  • Cover letter stating why the candidate is worthy of the award. This letter must also show that the candidate is eligible for the award based on the period of time from most recent. Letter must not exceed 2 pages.
  • Curriculum Vitae of the candidate (excluding publication list).
  • List of publications of the candidate. The list should be comprised of accepted journal articles and accepted conference publications. Publications submitted or in preparation or draft should not be listed.
  • Recommendation letters, no more than two pages in length each, from two experts of international standing in the field. No more than two letters from experts will be accepted.

Each recipient will deliver at the Symposium a review paper drawn from his/her body of work. Each recipient will be asked to prepare a paper, as per submission guidelines of the Symposium. Papers will undergo peer review and if accepted will be presented during breakout sessions and included in the Symposium proceedings.

Past Recipients

The Medal was first awarded at the 12th IAFSS Symposium in Lund in 2017. Its past recipients are listed below:

Proulx Early Career Award

  • 2017:  Michael Gollner
  • 2021: Xinyan Huang

Magnusson Early Career Award

  • 2017:  Anna Stec
  • 2021: Enrico Ronchi