Prof. dr. ir. Joris Proost

Keynote Speaker /

Division of Materials and Process Engineering, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Prof. Joris Proost holds a Master and PhD in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Louvain University (KULeuven) in 1994 and 1998, respectively. After spending 3 years at Harvard University, he joined the Engineering School of Louvain University at Louvain-la-Neuve (UCLouvain) in 2003, where he has been a tenured Full Professor since 2009. His current research interests within the Division of Materials and Process Engineering at UCLouvain focus on electrochemical process intensification, with a particular interest in developing new reactor and electrode technologies for green hydrogen production from renewable water electrolysis. A full academic track record is available at

Prof. Proost is currently also the official Belgian representative within the Hydrogen Technology Collaboration Program (TCP) of the International Energy Agency (IEA). As such, he has been heavily involved as one of the subtask leaders in Task 38 on Power-to-Hydrogen. He was also invited to the high-level strategic IEA Hydrogen Workshop in February 2019 in Paris, and acted as a Peer Reviewer of the resulting seminal report “The Future of Hydrogen” that has been launched mid June 2019 on the initiative of the Japanese Government at the meeting of the G20 energy ministers in Tokyo. He has been invited since to contribute to several other hydrogen flagship publications of the IEA : “Energy Technology Perspectives, the world’s guidebook on clean energy technologies” (2020 and 2021), “Hydrogen in the Northwest European region, a vision towards 2030” (2021), and “The Global Hydrogen Review” (2021, 2022). In addition, he has been asked as an international expert to advise the deployment and operation of the International Hydrogen Energy Center (IHEC), created in June 2021 by UNIDO, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.