The Federation for International Refractories Research and Education (FIRE): Progress and Outcome on Education, Research and Industrial Partnership
FIRE has been incorporated as a non-profit organization in Canada, in May 2005. It is by now a network of professors, researchers and industrial partners, representing eight different universities spread in six different nations and eleven multinational companies, who have gathered, to undertake well-defined precompetitive research projects, and to train highly-qualified personnel for the industry. The evolution of the refractory education arena, in an economically globalized world, caught in a maelstrom of technical changes, is presented. The changes of paradigm from the “information age society” to the “crowdsourcing” in background, the FIRE realization are highlighted in such a context of “conceptual age society” are considered, with the concept of “coopetition”.
Pietro VINCENZINI and James P. BENNETT
M. Rigaud "The Federation for International Refractories Research and Education (FIRE): Progress and Outcome on Education, Research and Industrial Partnership", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 70, pp. 1-8, 2010