Team members

Our CROPSYS team consists of professionals with expertise in monitoring, risk assessment, modeling, GIS analysis and software development.

Piet Seuntjens (Prof. Ph.D. Ir.) engineer in Chemistry and Bio-industries (Ghent University, 1991); doctor in Sciences (University of Antwerp, 2000), postdoctoral fellow at ETH –Zurich (2001), project coordinator at Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) (since 2001); guest professor at University of Antwerp (since 2004) and Ghent University (since 2008) with twenty year’s experience in projects dealing with soil, groundwater and surface water contamination for various authorities and industries.


Ingeborg Joris (Ph.D.) is a researcher specialised in soil and water modelling. She joined VITO in 2003 and is part of the Soil and Water Management group. Her expertise lies in modelling of water flow and solute transport in soils, development of decision-support systems for risk assessment and tools for risk assessment for authorities and industry. She was closely involved in the development of the METALert tool for China.

Nele Desmet (MSc.) is a Bio-Engineer in the field of Environmental Technology. Working as a researcher at the University of Antwerp (2005-2008) and at VITO since 2008. She is an expert in water monitoring and the modelling of physical-chemical, bio-chemical and biological processes in water & soils in relation to the transport and conversions of nutrients and pollutants.

Wesley Boënne (MSc.) engineer in Agriculture and Biotechnology (1999). Researcher in VITO since 2001, expert in the field of soil and groundwater remediation and state of the art water quality and terrestrial sensor networks, mobile mapping (development Aqua Drone®) and integration of monitoring, treatment and decision support tools for smart water management.

Jef Dams (Ph.D.) graduated as Master in agronomy and bio-technology; Master of Science in water resources engineering and has a PhD in engineering. His expertise lies in surface- and groundwater modelling, water quality modelling, GIS and remote sensing applications for hydrological modelling and hydrological data analysis.

Jan Bronders (Ph.D.) is a senior hydrogeologist specialised in the characterisation of groundwater flow and modelling. Graduated as geologist in 1982, master’s degree in hydrology, 1984 and PhD. in hydrogeology from 1989. He started working at VITO in 1997. Since 2008 he is Program Manager of the Land and Water Management Team. Projects of this team are mainly in the field of water related problems, soil pollution, land management and economic valuation.

Wim Peelaerts (MSc.) master in industrial sciences: electronics - ICT option network technologies, 2006. Wim  is IT coordinator for the unit environmental modelling and leads a team of seven professional IT'rs in the development of software applications to support the thematic researchers. He started working at VITO in 2008 in the domain of air quality modelling, where he focused on geographical software development based on open source components, setup and management of a Linux HPC infrastructure as well as IT support in the field of scientific software.He has experience in various fields both infrastructure and software development.

Nele Smeets (MSc.) master in mathematics,1999, and an additional degree in computer science,2001. For three years, she worked at the department of computer science of the K.U.Leuven. After that she joined a software company, where she was responsible for the analysis and implementation of different web and desktop applications. In 2008, she started working at VITO, where she is involved in the development of applications in the environmental modelling unit.

Lieve Decorte (MSc.) master in industrial sciences option electronics, 1994. She has experience in the ICT-sector as consultant, analyst and project manager. Since 2011 she is responsible for stakeholder and user requirements analysis, functional analysis and data analysis in the environmental modelling unit of VITO.