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.

An ‘Advanced Master Class on Process Safety Engineering’ is organised as well. 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

Academic Partners

Associated Members


Geert Boogaerts
Director Safety & Sustainability

Samuël Jaupart 
Safety Advisor

Michèle Celis
Management assistant

Programme 2024

Education : Advanced courses
18-22 NovemberProcess Safety in the Life Science IndustryFaculty Club LeuvenProgrammeRegistration
Education : Specialized courses
13 – 17 MayEmergency Management & ResponseHyllit Hotel AntwerpProgrammeRegistration
2 – 6 SeptemberHazard Analysis of Reactors, Chemicals & ProcessesZebrastraat GentProgrammeRegistration
16 – 20 SeptemberMaintenance & Shutdown in the Process IndustryZebrastraat GentProgrammeRegistration
18-19 / 21-22 NovemberStructural Integrity & Material Degradation in the Process IndustryFaculty Club LeuvenProgrammeRegistration
5 JuneSafe ShutdownMartinushoeve ZandvlietProgrammeRegistration
16 OctoberExplosion demoTechnopolisProgrammeRegistration
24 OctoberVeilig Werken met ChemicaliënBluePoint AntwerpProgrammeRegistration
13 NovemberSeveso Forum Functional SafetyHof van Liere (UA)ProgrammeRegistration

Programme 2025

Education : Advanced courses
13 – 17 JanuaryAdvanced Master Class on Process SafetyHyllit Hotel AntwerpProgrammeRegistration

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 Innovative Medicine
  • 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. Inge Van Der Meeren, AMPP Plant Manager ExxonMobil 
  • 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