Progress in Hydrogen Safety

The international School Progress in Hydrogen Safety will be hosted by Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research (HySAFER), Ulster University.

The main focus of the International School “Progress in Hydrogen Safety” is to provide high quality state-of-the-art presentations, including the HYLANTIC project results, in hydrogen safety for professionals, researchers and students. In addition, special attention will be paid to networking both formally, following technical sessions and informally through the social events. The school aims at providing excellent training in hydrogen safety for the participants and facilitating the stronger ties between industry and academia.

HySAFER at Ulster University

The Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research Centre (HySAFER) was formally established in 2008 following the success of the European Network of Excellence “Safety of Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier” project (

The Centre carries out fundamental and industry-driven research, consultancy, knowledge and technology transfer in the area of safety science and engineering, primarily hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

HySAFER has experience in addressing knowledge gaps and technological bottlenecks in hydrogen safety research and research-led education. It is internationally recognised with external funding from prestigious research funding agencies.


Loughview suite,
Ulster University Jordanstown campus,
Shore Road,

Technical Programme

Monday 11 March

Monday 11 March
12pm to 2pm Registration and lunch
2pm to 2.15pm Welcome, Prof Vladimir Molkov (Ulster University), Prof Alfredo Ortiz (University of Cantabria)
2.15pm to 3pm Hydrogen safety activities in Europe, Dr Alberto Garcia (FCH 2 JU)
3pm to 3.45pm HYLANTIC project, Prof Alfredo Ortiz (University of Cantabria)
3.45pm to 4.15pm Coffee break and networking
4.15pm to 5pm Inherently safer filling of hydrogen-powered vehicles, Dr Daniele Melideo (European Commission, JRC)
5pm to 5.45pm Round table discussion
6pm to 8pm Welcome reception (Loughview Suite)

Tuesday 12 March

Tuesday 12 March
9.30am to 10.15am Overview of hydrogen safety research in France, Dr Simon Jallais (Air Liquide)
10.15am to 11am Overview of hydrogen safety research in China, Prof Jinyang Zheng (Zhejiang University)
11am to 11.30am Coffee break and networking
11.30am to 12.15pm Results of pre-normative research on vented deflagrations (HySEA project), Dr Trygve Skjold (Gexcon)
12.15pm to 1.45pm Lunch
1.45pm to 2.30pm e-Laboratory of hydrogen safety engineering (NET-Tools project), Dr Volodymyr Shentsov (Ulster University)
2.30pm to 3.15pm Explosion-free in a fire composite tank for hydrogen storage, Dr Sergii Kashkarov (Ulster University)
3.15pm to 3.45pm Coffee break and networking
3.45pm to 4.30pm Hydrogen safety research at Ulster: recent results, Prof Vladimir Molkov (Ulster University)
4.30pm to 5.15pm Experimental hydrogen safety research in UK, Dr Stuart Hawksworth (HSE)
5.15pm to 5.45pm Round table discussion

Wednesday 13 March

Wednesday 13 March
9:30am to 10:15am Hydrogen safety in RCS, Dr Nicholas Hart (ITM Power)
10:15am to 11am Overview of hydrogen safety research in Germany, Prof Thomas Jordan (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
11am to 11.30am Coffee break and networking
11.30am to 12.15pm Safety research on composite pressure vessel at CEA, Dr Stephane Villalonga (CEA)
12.15pm to 1pm Quantitative risk assessment of hydrogen-powered vehicles, Dr Mohammad Dadashzadeh (Ulster University)
1pm to 2pm Lunch
3pm to 8pm Transfer by bus to Titanic Museum (3:30pm to 4:30pm) followed by networking event at The Dark Horse (5pm to 8pm)

Thursday 14 March

Thursday 14 March
9:30am to 10:15am Peculiarities of hydrogen safety regulations in different countries, Dr Stuart Hawksworth (HSE)
10.15am to 11am On-site stand-alone storage and production of hydrogen, Prof Alexandra Pinto (University of Porto)
11am to 11.30am Coffee break and networking
11.30am to 12.15pm Deployment of hydrogen systems and infrastructure in UK, Dr Nicholas Hart (ITM Power)
12.15pm to 1.45pm Lunch
1.45pm to 2.30pm A model for safety design of a system TPRD-storage tank, Dr Mohammad Dadashzadeh (Ulster University)
2.30pm to 3.15pm Safety of liquified hydrogen systems and infrastructure, Prof Thomas Jordan (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
3.15pm to 3.45pm Coffee break and networking
3.45pm to 4.30pm Innovative inherently safer hydrogen generation using PEM technology, Prof Alexandra Pinto (University of Porto)
4.30pm to 5.15pm Round table discussion
7pm to 10pm Reception sponsored by Belfast City Council followed by the School Dinner (Belfast City Hall)

Friday 15 March

Friday 15 March
9:30am to 10:15am Safety strategies and engineering solutions for onboard storage, Dr Dmitriy Makarov (Ulster University)
10:15am to 11am Numerical hydrogen fire and explosion research in Warwick, Prof Jennifer Wen (Warwick University)
11am to 11.20am Coffee break and networking
11:20am to 12:05pm Thermal effects of hydrogen jet fires, Dr Donatella Cirrone (Ulster University)
12:05pm to 12:15pm Closing of the School 2019 by Prof Vladimir Molkov, and invitation to the School 2020 by Prof Alexandra Pinto
12.15pm to 1.45pm Lunch and farewell

Social Programme

  • Welcome reception and networking: Monday 11th March 2019, 6pm - 8pm at Loughview suite
  • Visit to Titanic Museum, Belfast and networking: Wednesday 13th March 2019, 3pm - 8pm
  • Reception and school dinner: Thursday 14th March 2019, 7pm - 10pm at Belfast City Hall

We thank Belfast City Council for their kind generosity for the use of City Hall.

We thank Visit Belfast for their kind support for the organisation of social events.

Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall

Registration and Fee

Participation fee:

  • £290 per person
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  • Price includes: access to technical sessions, course materials, welcome reception, lunches and refreshments, social events, and school dinner
  • Extra person attending school dinner: £50
  • For a full refund of registration fees, cancellation must be made a full week prior to the start of the programme. There will be no refunding if the cancellation request is after 3rd of March 2019. Please send your cancellation request to the contacts below to proceed.
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Travel and Accommodation

Travel to Belfast:

Belfast has two airports, sea crossings from Scotland and England and a direct rail link from Dublin. There are direct flights to Belfast from over twenty European cities and a number of North American locations.

George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD)

Flight information for BHD is available via Situated at around three miles from Belfast City Centre, there are bus services (Airport Express 600) from the airport terminal to the city centre every 20 minutes (05:30 – 22:05) Monday to Friday.

Belfast International Airport (BFS)

Belfast International Airport is 30 minutes drive via M2 Motorway from the city centre. There are bus services (Airport Express 300) between the airport and Belfast City Centre every 15 minutes Monday to Friday, every 20 minutes on Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sunday. Airport Express 300 operates 24 hours a day with less frequent services during the night times.

Dublin Airport (DUB)

Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. If you are interested in traveling by rail, an Enterprise service runs 8 times daily during Monday to Friday from Dublin to Belfast with the journey duration of approximately 2 hours. To travel by bus, Dublin Airport Express Coach Service operates from Dublin Airport to Belfast within approximately 2 hours.

Getting to the School Venue, Ulster University, Jordanstown Campus:

Once you arrived at the Belfast city centre, the Jordanstown Campus is easily accessible via taxi, bus and railway.

Accommodation in Belfast:

There are currently 57 hotels (4,552 rooms) in greater Belfast and seven more hotels to be completed by 2018 which add 683 rooms. Most of these options are within 15 minutes walking distance to the Belfast City Centre. This makes the participants to choose from a competitive priced list of accommodations to stay in Belfast during the school time.