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In 2012, Associate Director Brian Brauer presented at the Amsterdam Research on Emergency Administration (AREA) at Vrije University in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He also hosted a visiting scholar from Vrije University to study the organization of safety, security, and surveillance.

In late February 2013, Associate Director Brian Brauer visited northern Europe to meet with one of IFSI's partners and to attend two days of research collaboration meetings at Vrije University in Amsterdam. The first visit was to Draeger in Lubeck, Germany. Brauer toured the company's factory, and was given a guided tour that focused on the company's rich history. The visit culminated with ongoing discussions about future collaborations between Draeger and IFSI. The second stop on the trip was to Vrije University in Amsterdam, the oldest public university in the Netherlands. There Brauer attended two sets of meetings, the first with practitioners from around the Netherlands, and the second with researchers from the UK, UI, Finland, and the Netherlands. The end result was the development of a multi-national research agenda, which will aid the universities and practitioners in grant applications for the EU and sources to further research goals in common issues.

From August 19 to August 25, 2017, Dr. Lian Ruan, Head Librarian and Director of IFSI International Programs, participated in the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Wroclaw, Portland. She delivered a poster presentation entitled "Developing Leaders and Innovators in the 21st Century: the Chinese Librarians Scholarly Exchange Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign." She also delivered a presentation entitled "CALA and IFLA" at the Chinese Speaking Caucus. She attended the meetings of the IFLA Section Standing Committee for Information Literacy Section as a member and other conference programs and presentations.

From September 18 to 21, 2018, Gary Coney and Toby Jackson attended the Fireground Survival Seminar and Symposium in Antwerp, Belgium.

From August 22 to September 1, 2019, Dr. Lian Ruan, Head Librarian and Director of IFSI International Programs, participated in the IFLA General Conference -- Libraries: Dialogue for Changes” and Assembly in Athens, Greece. She was invited to make a presentation, entitled "Chinese American Librarians Association and Global Library Community" at the Chinese Speaking Caucus Meeting. She also attended the business meetings of IFLA Information Literacy Section Standing Committee as a member and other conference programs and presentations.


Lian Ruan
Director of International Programs
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