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Introduction to System Safety training course

Monday 16 March 2020, 9.00AM to Friday 20, 1pm

The Introduction to System Safety course is a five-day primer in system safety engineering. The course contains a mixture of lectures, discussions and small group exercises, supported by international examples. While the course touches on broader issues in theorising risk and managing safety within organisations, its main focus is to equip safety practitioners with the practical understanding necessary to engage with safety activities.


The participation price for this course is €4000. This price also includes coffee breaks and lunch for each day of the course, as well as dinner on Thursday.

Non-cumulative discounts are granted to:

  • Two or more members from the same company (15 per cent discount)
  • Members of the User Group for the RESSIAR/TransSIMS and E(E)WISE projects (10 per cent discount)
  • Participants from the SAS and Peter MSCA ITN projects (10 per cent discount)


The course is organised in collaboration with the University of York and is based on material of their MSc Science in Safety Critical Systems Engineering programme. The course is structured according to the engineering lifecycle of a service or physical system, and covers:

  • Concepts and terminology for safety
  • Overview of the engineering lifecycle from a safety perspective, including the role and intent of key safety activities
  • Hazard identification and setting of safety requirements
  • Techniques for safety analysis to support design, including:
    • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
    • Functional Failure Analysis (FFA)
    • Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP)
    • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
    • safety cases, including notations for recording arguments and evidence
    • specific issues in safety analysis, including human factors, software and data safety.

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Davy Pissoort

Pissoort is the head of the FMEC division (focusing on Electrical and Electronic Systems) of the Mechatronics Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering of KU Leuven. His current research focuses on electromagnetic compatibility, hardware dependability and functional safety.

Jeroen Boydens

Boydens is the head of the Software Coding division of the Mechatronics Group at the Department of Computer Science of the University of KU Leuven. His current research focuses on Software-implemented Reliability in a context of Functional Safety.


Dr Siyuan Ji

Dr Ji is a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York. His research interests include systems-engineering methodologies, model-based system safety and reliability assessments, product line engineering and constraint-driven design algorithms.

Dr Mark Nicholson

Dr Nicholson has over 20 years of experience in developing and delivering industrially relevant teaching, both on award-bearing (PGCERT, PGDIP, MSc) programmes and non-credit bearing Continuing Professional Development courses for staff involved in System Safety.


To register for this course, please visit the event’s information page and follow the register link to the registration form. The number of participants is limited to 28.


Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, KU Leuven Bruges Campus, Bruges

Admission: This course targets anyone, both novices and experts, involved in the development, testing and maintenance of a safety-related system: research and development engineers, validation and verification engineers, maintenance engineers, research and development managers and project leads, quality engineers and others.