Plenary Lectures

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Plenary Lectures 2024-03-18T11:03:48+00:00

The following distinguished Speakers have accepted our invitation to give a Plenary Lecture at the Symposium:

Why Do Dust Explosions Happen?

Paul Amyotte
Dalhousie University, Canada

Dr. Paul Amyotte, P.Eng. is a Distinguished Research Professor and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Military College of Canada, Master’s from Queen’s University, and Doctorate from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (all in chemical engineering). Paul is a past-president of Engineers Canada and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering. He is the current editor of the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries. His teaching, research and practice interests are in the field of process safety, with specific expertise in dust explosions, inherently safer design, and risk management. In 2014, Dr. Amyotte received the Cybulski Medal from the Polish Academy of Sciences for significant and sustained contributions to the field of dust explosion research.

Understanding the Limitations of Using K_St to Define the Reactivity of Large-Scale Dust Explosion Tests

C. Regis Bauwens
FM Global, United States

Dr. C. Regis Bauwens is a Senior Lead Research Scientist at FM Global, where he currently serves as Technical Team Leader for the Explosion and Blast Research group and holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. Over his 17-year career at FM Global, he has gained extensive experience performing large-scale experimental studies and developing analytical and numerical modeling tools for industrial safety applications. In his work, Dr. Bauwens has conducted in-depth research on topics related to dust explosions, hydrogen safety, deflagration venting, vapor cloud explosions, dispersion analysis, and large-scale flame propagation. Dr. Bauwens is an active member of several professional committees, including the NFPA Technical Committee on Explosion Protection Systems, and serves on the board of directors of the Institute on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems.

Safety of Batteries

Wei Gao
Dalian University of Technology, China

Prof. Wei Gao currently serves as a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at Dalian University of Technology in China. Prof. Gao’s research focuses on safety and technology in the utilization of clean energy, specifically hydrogen and battery. With a publication record of approximately 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals, he also holds 8 authorized invention patents and has contributed to the development of 5 Chinese standards.

Advances in Hydrogen Safety Technologies

Vladimir Molkov
Ulster University, Northern Ireland

Professor Vladimir Molkov, MSc (Quantum Radiophysics), PhD (Chemical Physics), DSc (Fire and Explosion Ssfety), FHEA, CEng, FEI, Chartered Energy Engineer. Director of Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research Centre (HySAFER) at Ulster University (Northern Ireland), a key provider of hydrogen safety research and education globally. Chair, Education Committee of International Association for Hydrogen Safety. Membership: UN GTR#13; ISO/TC197; CEN/CLC/JTC6; BSI PVE/3/8, IEA Task 43 Hydrogen Safety, European Hydrogen Safety Panel, etc. Coordination and contribution to 41 national and EU projects in hydrogen safety totalling external funding income £12M. 390+ publications, including free download e-Book “Fundamentals of Hydrogen Safety Engineering” (, and 15 inventions, including explosion free in any fire self-venting (TPRD-less) type IV tanks for hydrogen storage.

Teaching process safety in the twenty-first century

Trygve Skjold
University of Bergen, Norway

Trygve Skjold is Associate Professor in Process Safety at University of Bergen (UiB). His research interests include dust and gas explosions, including hydrogen safety and strength of knowledge in risk assessments. Trygve is the Scientific Director for HySchool – Norwegian Research School on Hydrogen and Hydrogen-Based Fuels and Chair of the International Organising Committee for ISHPMIE.