The essenscia Process Safety Academy offers high quality safety courses and specialist training in Dutch or English. Participants gain in-depth knowledge of the possible mechanical, chemical, or organisational causes of incidents. The Process Safety Academy also acts as a learning platform where safety experts can share their experience and best practices in process safety.

There is also an ‘Advanced Master Class on Process Safety Engineering’. This course is also integrated into various Flemish university programmes, as well as a series of specialist courses, weekly in-depth modules on specific safety topics.


Core Members


Geert Boogaerts
Senior Advisor Process Safety

Samuël Jaupart 
Safety Advisor

Michèle Celis

Programme 2023

Education : Specialized courses
4 – 7 September 2023Hazard analysis of reactors, chemicals & processes (Zebrastraat Gent)Registration
18 – 21 September 2023Maintenance & Shutdown in the Process Industry (Zebrastraat Gent)Registration
20-21 / 23-24 November 2023Structural integrity & material degradation in the process industry (Faculty Club Leuven)Registration
4 – 8 December 2023
Human & Organizational factorsRegistration
4 October 2023Toepassing van de Machinerichtlijn op afsluiters (Zandvliet)Registration
18 Oktober 2023Explosion demo (Technopolis)Registration
26 Oktober 2023Veilig werken met chemicaliën (Bluepoint Antwerpen)Registration

Programme 2024

Education : Advanced courses
15 – 19 January 2024 Advanced Master Class on Process Safety (Hyllit Hotel Antwerp)Registration
11 – 15 March 2024   Process Safety in the life science industry (Faculty Club Leuven)Registration
Education : Specialized courses
11 – 14 March 2024Process Safety Engineering (Faculty Club Leuven)Registration
13 – 17 May 2024  Emergency management & response (Hyllit Hotel Antwerp)Registration

Governance Board

The Governance Board is the industrial sounding board of the essenscia Process Safety Academy. The Board consists of business leaders and safety experts from international companies in the chemical and life sciences industry. This advisory board determines the direction of the Process Safety Academy’s programme and ensures that the workshops and training courses are optimally tailored to the current needs and requirements of the process industry. In addition, the Board monitors the funding and financial management of the Process Safety Academy.


  • MSc. Ivan Pelgrims, President Process Safety Academy, Director, Evonik
  • MSc. Koen Colpaert, HSE Group Process Safety Manager, Borealis
  • MSc. Kris Deboutte, INEOS
  • MSc. Filip De Proft, Johnson & Johnson Agriculture
  • MSc. Benny Ghoos, Senior Operations Support Manager, Johnson & Johnson
  • MSc. Nico Hertoghe, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering
  • Phd. MSc. Pol Hoorelbeke, Vice President Safety, TotalEnergies
  • MSc. Marnix Mahieu, Managing Director, Kronos
  • MSc. Frank Quaeyhaegens, Head of Technical Services, Covestro
  • MSc Stephen McGrady, EHS BL Director – GSK UK
  • MSc. Geert Vercruysse, Process Safety Expert, BASF
  • MSc. Jan Weckx, Antwerp Process Safety Lead, Bayer Agriculture
  • Yves Verschueren, Managing Director, essenscia
  • Ann Wurman, Director essenscia Flanders
  • Fréderic Druck, Director essenscia Wallonie & Brussels