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Structure and management

SCK CEN is a public benefit purpose foundation under private law, operating under the supervisory authority of the Belgian Energy and Economy ministers. Our course is set out by different groups.

Daily management

The management committee, led by the Director General, is responsible for the daily management.

Director General: Eric van Walle
Deputy Director General: Hamid Aït Abderrahim
Deputy Director General: Peter Baeten
Director General Services & Administration: Kathleen Overmeer
Director Nuclear Materials Sciences: Sven Van Den Berghe
Director Advanced Nuclear Systems: Marc Schyns
Director MINERVA Design & Built: Adrian Fabich
Director Environment, Health and Safety: Hildegarde Vandenhove

They are assisted by:

Director Prevention and Protection at Work: Fernand Vermeersch
Director Business Development & Support: Pascal De Langhe

SCK CEN - Raad van Bestuur (2019)

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is, as SCK CEN’s highest body, responsible for the proper operation of our research centre. The Board of Directors determines the strategic course and has a number of permanent powers: organisational flow chart, annual budgets and accounts, taking decisions that have a major financial impact or strategic importance.

Chairman: Derrick Gosselin
Vice-Chairmen: Didier Hellin en Patrick Lansens
Managing Director: Sigrid Jourdain
Members: Tine Baelmans, Didier De Buyst, Georges Denef, Nele Geudens, Michel Giot, Katrien Kimpe, Raf Suys en Cis Schepens
Honorary members of the Board of Directors: Frank Deconinck
Government Commissioners: Yves De Graeve en Martial Pardoen
Director General: Eric van Walle
Secretary: Catherine Spect


The Bureau is composed of members of the Board of Directors who follow up the execution of the decisions of the Board and prepare its meetings.

Chairman: Derrick Gosselin
Vice-Chairmen: Didier Hellin en Patrick Lansens
Managing Director: Sigrid Jourdain 
Members: Michel Giot, Cis Schepens en Raf Suys
Government Commissioners: Yves De Graeve en Martial Pardoen
Director General: Eric van Walle
Secretary: Catherine Spect


Scientific Council

The Scientific Council (WAC) advises the Board of Directors and the management committee. This advisory body focuses on the scientific and social aspects of the operations of our research centre. Their recommendations also include topics such as education and training, communication, networking and the valorisation of our scientific research results. Finally, the Scientific Council (WAC) also assesses the quality of our research activities.

Chairman: Prof. Dr. Thomas Pardoen
Vice-Chairman: Prof. Dr. Patrice Mégret
Scientific Secretary: Dr. Michèle Coeck
Members: Prof. Dr. Michel Bourguignon, Prof. Dr. Geert De Schutter, Prof. Dr. Em. Frank Deconinck, Mr. Marc Deffrennes, Prof. Dr. Tina Kyndt, Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Modolo, Prof. Dr. Gerda Neyens, Prof. Dr. Eric van Walle, Prof. Dr. Derrick Gosselin (represented by Prof. Dr. Em. Michel Giot)

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