It is a pleasure to present these Proceedings of the Seventh International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, which should be of interest to all concerned with the scientific aspects of these hazards. These Proceedings contain a record 100 papers. Among these are five plenary papers, authored by renowned international authorities: Mohammednoor Altarawneh (The University of Newcastle), Anthony Hamins (National Institute of Standards and Technology), John Lee (McGill University), Naian Liu (University of Science and Technology of China), and Takashi Tsuruda (Akita Prefectural University). The papers in these Proceedings, selected from 136 submissions of two page abstracts and full manuscripts, were accepted for publication after reviews by the Scientific Advisory Board.

These 100 papers will be presented at the Seventh International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, during May 5 – 10, 2013. This follows past Seminars held in Moscow (1995, 1997), Lake Windemere (2000), Londonderry (2003), Edinburgh (2007), and Leeds (2010). The key Seminar organizers are the International Organizing Committee Co-Chairs Franco Tamanini and Vladimir Molkov; the Scientific Advisory Board Co-Chairs Derek Bradley, Georgy Makhviladze, Vladimir Molkov, Peter Sunderland, and Franco Tamanini; and the Local Organizing Committee Chair Jenny Chao.

The International Organizing Committee expresses thanks to all who will have made the Seminar successful, including the following supporting organizations:

FM Global
International Association of Fire Safety Science
United Technologies Research Center

The members of the Scientific Advisory Board are thanked for providing thoughtful and helpful reviews, which numbered at least one for each two-page abstract and at least two for each paper.

Scientific Advisory Board Co-Chairs
D. Bradley, G. Makhviladze,
V. Molkov, P. Sunderland, and F. Tamanini

March, 2013