Fire: its secret life Guillermo Rein, Professor of Fire Science, Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College London Fire is a good servant but a bad master. What can be done to mitigate the risks of fire in an ever more crowded world where its effects on the natural and built environment are increasing, as recent wild fires in California, Greece, Canada and Australia demonstrate as well disasters at Grenfell and fire's contribution to the loss of SS Titanic. Professor Guillermo Rein’s research is centred on heat transfer, combustion and fire. The purpose of his work is to reduce the worldwide burden of accidental fires and protect people, their property, and the environment. His research portfolio is ample, but over the last 15 years he is best known in three areas: 1) how polymers and wood ignite so we can avoid fires from starting; 2) how engineers can design better structures that resist fire; and 3) how wildfires spread and how to fight them. He has been featured in international media (e.g. Financial Times, BBC Radio, New York Times). He appeared in the 2017 documentaries 'Titanic: the New Evidence' and 'The Great Fire of London: In Real Time'. Links [Prof Rein at Imperial] [Fire Technology Journal] [Imperial's Hazelab] Posters [Event poster] .