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Anna Stec

Professor Anna Stec

Professor in Fire Chemistry and Toxicity
School of Natural Sciences

Anna Stec is Professor in Fire Chemistry and Toxicity at the University of Central Lancashire. She has extensive experience and a portfolio of research in identifying and quantifying toxic hazards (acute and chronic) in and from fires and understanding the factors that affect fire smoke toxicity. She co-edited the reference book “Fire Toxicity” and published around 100 papers on fire effluents and their effects on humans and the environment.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, Prof Stec was appointed to the UK government’s Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame s Judith Hackitt, where she highlighted the need to introduce regulation on smoke toxicity. She was a member of the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG), invited by the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, to oversee investigation of soil contamination and adverse health effects following the Grenfell Tower fire. She also presented crucial oral and written evidence to the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee for their report on “Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life”.

Currently, Prof Stec is an Expert Witness to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry on fire toxicity. She is also leading a research project, co-funded by the Fire Brigades Union, to identify the causes and higher rates of cancers in UK firefighters. She was recently selected by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, to serve on the “Chemistry of Urban Wildfires Committee”.

Prof Stec is a member of several scientific and conference programme committees and journal editorial boards. She is an external examiner and peer reviewer for the Government of Alberta (Canada) and Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education. She is a Fellow of both the Institution of Fire Engineers (FIFireE) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), chartered scientist of the Science Council and an expert of the British Burn Association. She is also UK’s designated principal expert on fire chemistry on the ISO Fire Threat to People and the Environment subcommittee (ISO TC92/SC3).

  • PhD (Fire Chemistry and Toxicity), Centre for Materials Research and Innovation, University of Bolton, UK, 2007
  • MSc (Eng) (Chemistry with Polymer Technology) Department of Chemistry and Polymer Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, 2003
  • Prof Stec’s research work is truly multidisciplinary. It covers a full range of expertise from fire combustion to medicine embracing chemistry, biology, health and environmental sciences. The particular areas of expertise are:
  • Fire toxicity
  • Environmental toxicity
  • Fire chemistry
  • Fire investigation
  • Chartered Chemist (CChem), Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci), The Science Council
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers (FIFireE)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the British Burn Association Expert Panel
  • Member of International Association for Fire Safety Science
  • Expert Witness to the Grenfell Inquiry
  • Member on the Chemistry of Urban Wildfires Committee, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, US
  • Visiting Professor at Warsaw Medical University, Poland
  • Principal UK expert to the ISO technical committee on fire chemistry