Scion’s Rural Fire Research Group’s scientists, Lisa Langer and Grant Pearce, have been asked to be part of this first large global and integrated doctoral training programme on wildfires. In July, Lisa presented a webinar as part of the PyroLife International Symposium, on ‘Integrated Fire Management in Aotearoa, New Zealand”, drawing on her social and cultural research with rural and rural-urban interface communities here in NZ.
Lisa has also participated in interviews for PhD appointments with colleagues from the Pau Costa Foundation, Wageningen University and Open University of Catalonia, as well as being invited to join the PyroLife Ethics Committee. Lisa is providing co-supervision for two of the PyroLife PhD students who will be hosted by Scion for 4-month secondments after 2 years of study. The first of these students to commence her studies is Kathleen Uyttewaal, who is focusing on involving stakeholders through transdisciplinary cross-risk fire research.