Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium

Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature

In Association with IChemE



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This symposium serves as the crossroads for process safety where industry, academia, government agencies and other stakeholders come together to discuss critical issues of research in process safety. Experts from around the world will gather as part of this two and a half-day symposium, to share the latest information on the hottest topics aimed at making the process industry a safer place. The 2018 International Symposium of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center will be held at the College Station Hilton Conference Center on October 23-25, 2018.


Prof. Genserik Reniers

Safety and Security Science Group

Delft University of Technology

Genserik Reniers, a Master of Science in chemical engineering, is Full Professor at the Safety and Security Science Group of the Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, where he teaches Risk Analysis and Risk Management. At the University of Antwerp in Belgium, he is a Full professor lecturing amongst others in chemistry, organic chemistry, and Technological Risk Management. At the Brussels campus of the KU Leuven, Belgium, he lectures as a Professor, amongst others, in Engineering Risk Management. His main research interests concern the collaboration surrounding safety and security topics and socio-economic optimization within the chemical industry. Amongst many other academic achievements and output, he has published 150+ scientific papers in high-quality academic journals, and has (co-)authored and (co-)edited some 35 books. He serves as an Editor of the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries and as an Associate Editor of the Journal ‘Safety Science’.


Prof.  Jenq-Renn Chen

National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Jenq-Renn Chen is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan. Previously, he has held the position as Chairman of the Department, Dean of College of Engineering and Vice President in the same university. He is also in charge of the Taiwan EPA Southern Environmental Incident Specialist Team, which provided emergency response services to southern Taiwan. He received MSc and PhD from Imperial College, London, UK, both in Chemical Engineering. He has 4 patents and authored more than 50 referred papers in international journals, all in the broad range of chemical process safety. He also participated in more than 100 chemical and gas emergency responses and incident investigations in Taiwan, including the catastrophic Kaohsiung pipeline explosion in 2014. His current research interests are gas safety, explosion suppression, ignition mechanism, and fundamental aspects of chemical safety.