The Future of Safety Science Webinar Series: Season 1

Whether you’re interested in communications or chemistry, project management or physics, data science or design, engineering or education, there are opportunities for you in the dynamic and exponentially growing field of global safety science and sustainability. Are you interested in discovering opportunities in research and standards that solve critical safety issues? Curious about what careers there are in the future of safety science?

These webinars connect you with premier research, standards, and education professionals from around the globe. Watch and explore new careers, connect with experts from an array of disciplines, and prepare for your path forward.

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Sept. 3, 2021: How Is the World Engineered to Keep Us Safe?


Our engineers and scientists apply science to make the world a safer, more secure, and more sustainable place. What exactly is safety, and what is safety science? How is the world engineered to keep us safe? Listen in on the conversation with panel moderator Chris Cramer, UL Research Institutes chief research officer, and panelists Judy Jeevarajan, vice president and executive director of the Electrochemical Safety Research Institute; Steve Kerber, vice president and executive director of the Fire Safety Research Institute and Phil Piqueira, vice president of global standards at UL Standards & Engagement.

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Sept. 23, 2021: Standards 101


How is our world engineered to keep us safe? Safety standards are an important, interdisciplinary application of various scientific and social principles. They determine the safety, security and sustainability of the world around us … including objects we use every day. How are engineering, design, social and scientific principles applied in tandem to create safety standards? Join the conversation with UL Standards & Engagement's Director of Standards Programs George Borlase and Director of Standards Operations Sarah Brooks.

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Oct. 12: 2021: The Future of Electrochemical Safety and Energy Sustainability


Batteries, and other electrochemical energy storage systems, power our lives and grant us freedom in our energy use. As with any engineering solution, they have trade-offs. For instance, lithium-ion batteries require intensive resource extraction, but they also facilitate renewable energy storage that is lightweight, occupies less volume and provides long run times and power for the required lifetime of the device. As sustainability becomes an increasingly pertinent consideration, how will we engineer our energy storage? What is the future of electrochemical energy? Join the conversation with Judy Jeevarajan, vice president and executive director of the Electrochemical Safety Research Institute.

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Nov. 2, 2021: Anti-Counterfeiting


Counterfeit products encompass much more than designer knockoffs. Their implications for consumer safety, societies, economic prosperity and organized crime are deep and far-reaching. What are the real risks posed by counterfeit products? How can safety science and research be applied to solve these problems? Listen in on our conversation on anti-counterfeiting efforts with UL Standards & Engagement Educational Programs Director Monica Mena.

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Nov. 16, 2021: Research and Fire Investigation


Fire investigations are conducted using a systematic approach based on the scientific method. First, the investigator identifies and defines the problem. Next, they collect and analyze data to develop their hypotheses. Then they test their hypotheses and select the right one. Sounds simple, but it’s not. The Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) at UL Research Institutes conducts research to improve fire investigations by providing cutting-edge information on fire dynamics in structures and the impact of ventilation on fire patterns while generating data that can be used to test hypotheses. Hear from FSRI Research Director Daniel Madrzykowski on how experts reconstruct a fire, why research is needed to support fire investigation now more than ever, and how research improves fire investigation and safety for fire investigators.

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Nov. 30, 2021: Campaigns Communicating Research


Research is essential for developing a scientific understanding of the world around us. Scientific information campaigns help us catalyze that understanding into action. Close Before You Doze is a successful campaign built upon firefighter safety research. How are safety science campaigns developed? What are they built on, and how do we measure their impact? Join the conversation with Jennifer Williams, senior content specialist at the Fire Safety Research Institute.

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Jan. 25, 2022: Young Professionals in Safety Science


Safety science includes a wide range of applications and disciplines, including STEM fields and communication, education, project management and storytelling. What kinds of careers are available in this space? What would be the best fit for you? Hear from a panel of our young professionals and join the conversation.

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Feb. 15, 2022: What's Next in Standards — Cybersecurity and Sustainability


Safety standards help us to engineer our world to be safer, more secure and more sustainable. How do scientists and engineers develop standards that incorporate cyber resilience and measure sustainability? What’s next in this space? Join the conversation with UL Standards & Engagement Engineering Program Manager Denice Durrant and Standards Engineer and Program Manager Caroline Treuthardt.

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March 1, 2022: Autonomous Vehicles and Standards


Autonomous vehicles are more than just an exciting concept: They’re an emerging technology currently being developed by many companies, quickly being transformed from design to reality. How do we develop standards for the emerging technology of autonomous vehicles? What constraints, challenges and opportunities are faced by standards engineers and technical panels when developing standards for autonomous vehicles and other emerging technologies? Join the conversation with UL Standards & Engagement Standards Program Manager Deborah Prince and Standards Engineer and Project Manager Heather Sakellariou.

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March 31, 2022: International Engineering and Geographic Diversity


Although the need for safety is universal, sometimes the definition of safety – and how safety is determined – differs among different countries. Different geographies have different codes and installation practices, different materials in use and different training and practices. When developing safety standards for international application, it’s crucial to consider the differing needs of various geographies as well as differences in climate and culture. How is an understanding of geographic diversity incorporated into developing international safety standards? How does the standards development process differ between national and international standards? Join the conversation.

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April 5, 2022: Data Science for a Safer World


From the perspective of a data scientist, the world can be processed as a set of infinite data points. How do we sort these points into a coherent scientific narrative? How can data science be used to improve safety, security and sustainability around the world? Join the conversation with UL Standards & Engagement Director of Data Science David Wroth.

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April 19, 2022: Opportunities and Careers in Safety Science


Safety science includes a wide range of applications and disciplines. What kinds of careers are available in this space? What would be the best fit for you? Hear from a panel of our leaders in applied safety science.

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