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Issue 2/2009, October 2009                                                                                                                     

Dear Colleague,
It gives me great pleasure to send you this new issue of the EFCE e-newsletter on recent activities within the Federation. I do hope that the information will be of interest to you. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered in future issues, or you have comments on the newsletter please get in touch.

Yours sincerely

John Garside
EFCE Executive Vice-President

        In this issue:

  • Welcome to ECCE-7 - CHISA 2010
  • EFCE Awards
  • Events
  • Science and Technology
  • Contacts

Welcome to ECCE-7 - CHISA 2010

Dear colleagues,

I am very pleased to invite you to the 19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2010 and the 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering ECCE-7 , which will be held jointly in Prague from August 29 to September 2, 2010. The joint Congress will be an exceptional event, as were previously both Congresses when held on their own.

The series of International Congresses CHISA taking place in the centre of Europe started in 1962 in Brno, Czech Republic, then continued in Marianske Lazne, and since 1972 the Congresses have been held in Prague. However, it is worth mentioning that the logo was used for the national event as early as 1953. The word CHISA originates from the Czech acronym for "Chemical Engineering, Chemical Equipment Design and Automation" and later became a "trade mark" for large meetings which have emphasised especially East-West-European and later pan-European contacts. Nevertheless, the stepwise development during the last two decades transformed the one-time European Congresses into an event of world importance. The PRES Conference (Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction) has become an integral part of the CHISA Congress during last decade.
The series of ECCE Congresses on chemical engineering was launched by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) in 1997 in Florence, the venue for the first ECCE. Since 1997, ECCE has been organized in France (Montpellier, 1999), Germany (Nuremberg, 2001), Spain (Granada, 2003) and Denmark (Copenhagen, 2007). In 2005, the ECCE-5 was combined with the World Congress of Chemical Engineering in Glasgow. For 2009, it was decided by the EFCE not to compete with the 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering in Montreal but to combine the ECCE-7 with the CHISA 2010.
The objective of this exceptional joint Congress is to provide engineers, scientists, research-ers, technologists, students and others a platform to present their latest results, to interchange ideas, to make new contacts, to establish new collaborations, and many more. The Congress addresses the full spectrum of chemical and process engineering practice, including current trends and future needs. Like all the CHISA and ECCE Congresses before, this joint one will cover a range of important topics and will offer many exciting interdisciplinary links. The Congress program will include the satellite PRES 2010 conference as well as the standard sessions and specialized symposia, including the Symposium on Environmental Engineering, Symposium on Electrochemical Engi-neering, Symposium on Safety in Chemical Industry, Symposium on Supercritical Fluid Applications, Symposium on Food Processing and Technology, Symposium on Micro- and Mesoporous Materials, Symposium on Process Intensification and Miniaturisation, and Symposium on Progress in Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. Meetings of EFCE Working Parties and special workshops will also be organized. The logistics of the Congress programme will enable interested people to listen to presentations which are close to their fields of research yet outside their every-day horizons.

We shall also continue our efforts to achieve higher standards in the quality of ordinary contributions, both oral and posters. Let me to mention one aspect which just concerns the posters: during the last couple of Congresses I have observed that some participants consider posters to be something less important than lectures. They are not satisfied if the Scientific Committee decides that their contributions should be presented in the form of posters and try to use any possible argument to change this decision. It is clear that poster sessions are unavoidable at big Congresses because of the limited number of time slots for lectures. It should be stressed however, that the posters have equal scientific value as the oral lectures. Very often the poster, which is accessible for the whole day during the poster session, may stimulate much more intensive discussion and may have much higher impact than a time-limited oral lecture - provided the poster contains original results, is well structured and designed (and of course the author is present during the poster breaks!). On the other hand, I know that many participants ask in advance to present their contributions as posters and I have also noticed that the quality of posters' design increases sharply. Now, I look forward to receiving your excellent abstracts for oral and poster presentations at ECCE-7 - CHISA 2010 by the end of November 2009.

I can promise that the organisers will do their best to make the poster sessions even more attractive. I certainly know that there are other matters which have to be improved - we are ready to reflect your ideas and recommendations.

Professor Jiri Drahos
EFCE President and ECCE-7 - CHISA 2010 Congress Chairman


EFCE Awards

New EFCE Excellence Awards - call for nominations

EFCE has pleasure in announcing the call for nominations for three new Excellence Award to recognise PhD theses or papers, which demonstrate an outstanding contribution to research and/or practice in Chemical Reaction Engineering, Membrane Engineering, and Drying, respectively . Each of the awards consists of a certificate, a cash prize of 1500 Euros, a travel grant and fee waiver to attend the event where the award will be presented. Nominations may be submitted by any PhD supervisor at a PhD-awarding institution in an EFCE member country. The nominated PhD thesis and papers must address a topic relevant to the respective field.

Excellence Award in Membrane Engineering
PhD thesis or papers published between January 2007 and December 2009 may be nomi-nated for evaluation.
The closing date for nominations is 31 January 2010.
Further information: 

Excellence Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering
PhD thesis or papers published between 1 January 2008 and November 2009 may be nomi-nated for evaluation.
The closing date for nominations is 1 March 2010.
Further information:

Excellence Award in Drying
PhD thesis or papers published between January 2007 and December 2009 may be nomi-nated for evaluation.
The closing date for nominations is 31 March 2010.
Further information:


Closing dates for further Excellence Awards

Excellence Award in Process Safety:
The closing date for nominations is 31 October 2009 .
Further information:

Excellence Award in Mechanics of Particulate Solids:
The closing date for nominations is 30 November 2009 .
Further information:

Excellence Award in Recognition of an Outstanding PhD Thesis on CAPE 2010
For the third time, the Federation is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Excellence Award in Recognition of an Outstanding PhD Thesis on CAPE. The award consists of a cash prize and a certificate, and will be presented to the winner at a special session during the ESCAPE-20 conference to be held in Ischia, Italy, from 6 to 9 June 2010. Any PhD thesis supervised at a university or PhD-awarding institution of an EFCE member country in the area of computer-aided process engineering (CAPE) or process systems engineering (PSE) is eligible for nomination. The candidate's thesis must have been defended during the two calendar years preceding the nomination deadline of 31 December 2009.
Further information:

Student Mobility Award 2009

EFCE has great pleasure in announcing the winners of the Student Mobility Award 2009:
Ms. Natacha Bitinis , France (1st prize ), Mr. Gerhard Landschützer , Austria (2nd prize ) and Mr. Xavier Mesnier , France (3rd prize ). The award was presented to the prize winners at the closing ceremony of WCCE-8 in Montréal, Canada, on 27 August 2009.Further information:

Best Poster Award of the EFCE Working Party on Agglomeration

During the 9th International Symposium on Agglomeration and the 4th International Granulation Workshop held in Sheffield, 22-26 June 2009, the EFCE Working Party on Agglomeration presented the Best Poster Award to Ms. H.N. Emady , School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, USA, for the poster "Design of regime separated granulation". The poster was both well presented and relevant, and generated a lot of interest during the poster sessions.
The poster abstract was as follows:
"The Poster describes a new equipment design that separates rate processes like wetting and nucleation, and consolidation and growth in space and time in two pieces of process equipment. The first piece of equipment is a conveyor belt to achieve monosized nuclei granules from mono-sized drops on a powder bed. Following nucleation, granules and fines are transferred to a tumbling drum, to densify and grow by layering of the fines. By separating the two rate processes, extremely tight control of the granule size and density is achieved. "


HAZARDS XXI - Process safety and environmental protection

Symposium and Exhibition, Manchester, UK, 10 - 12 November 2009 (EFCE Event No. 680)
The aim of this 21st symposium in the series is to bring together international experts and practitioners in process safety and environmental protection to present and discuss the latest technical advances and developments in safety and environmental management techniques.
Congress website:

Molecular Modeling and Simulation for Industrial Applications: Physico-Chemical Properties and Processes
First European workshop jointly organised by the EFCE Working Party "Thermodynamics and Transport Properties" and the ProcessNet Working Party "Molecular Modeling and Simulation for Process and Product Design",
Würzburg, Germany, 22-23 March 2010 (EFCE Event No. 687)

The workshop is explicitly dedicated to this rapidly developing interdisciplinary field, in which efforts from natural sciences and engineering are combined. It provides a unique opportunity for getting an overview of the state of research in Molecular Modeling and Simulation for Industrial Applications and on its applications in developing engineering models. Moreover, it aims at bring-ing together experts from academia and industry, as well as from different scientific communities engaged in Applied Molecular Modeling and Simulation.
Workshop website:

Loss Prevention 2010
13th International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industries,
Bruges, Belgium, 6 - 9 June 2010 (EFCE Event No. 676)

This Symposium shall be a market place for new scientific result and concepts, exchange of best practice, learning from experience . Much progress has been seen in the more than thirty years, since safety professionals, scientists and practitioners meet on EFCE Loss Prevention Symposia, but still there is a continuous need for research and development in the field, as new challenges appear. Innovation has led to new processes under yet unknown conditions or involving new materials. Furthermore new concepts are required in view of new or upcoming regulation. To foster new ideas in the field, the EFCE Excellence Award for Process Safety will be assigned to outstanding PhD research work for the first time on this conference.
Congress website:

20th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering,
Ischia, Naples, Italy, 6-9 June 2009 (EFCE Event No. 685)

ESCAPE 20 reflects strategic complementary objectives of the CAPE Working Party: to check the status of historically consolidated topics by means of their industrial application and to evaluate their emerging issues. The scientific programme of ESCAPE 20 includes fundamentals in computational and numerical methods, CAPE and society, off-line and on-line systems and CAPE and new opportunities. Further information can be obtained from the symposium website at 

19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2010 and the 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering ECCE-7, Prague, Czech Republic, 29 August - 2 September 2010
The Congress will cover a wide range of important topics and will offer many interdisciplinary links. The Congress program will include the satellite PRES 2010 Conference as well as the standard sessions and specialized symposia, including the Symposium on environmental engineering, Symposium on electrochemical engineering, Symposium on safety in chemical industry, Symposium on supercritical fluid applications, Symposium on food processing and technology, Symposium on micro- and mesoporous materials, Symposium on process intensification and miniaturisation, Symposium on progress in chemical technology and biotechnology
Meetings of EFCE Working Parties and special workshops will also be organized.
Congress website:
The call for papers is open . Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 November 2009

Distillation & Absorption 2010
9th Distillation & Absorption Conference, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 12-15 September 2010 (EFCE Event No. 677)
The conference will showcase the newest and best in Distillation and Absorption technology while celebrating the 50th anniversary of this well-known series of conferences that began in Brighton, UK, in 1960. Distillation & Absorption 2010 will cover a broad range of fundamental and applied aspects of distillation and absorption technology, including Energy Efficiency, Carbon Dioxide Capture, Integrated, Hybrid and Novel Processes, Basic Data, Modelling and Simulation, Control and Operation, Equipment Design and Operation, Process Troubleshooting and Handling Operational Problems. Special theme will be Carbon Dioxide Mitigation by Energy Efficiency and Capture.
Conference website:

International Drying Symposium 2010
17th International Drying Symposium, Magdeburg, Germany, 3 - 6 October 2010 (EFCE Event No. 686)
Scope of the 17th International Drying Symposium Symposium, which continues the biennial series founded by Prof. Arun S. Mujumdar in 1978, is to present new results in research, development and applications of drying technologies, bringing together leading researchers and practitioners from the entire world. All manuscripts from academia and scientific manuscripts from industry will undergo full reviewing. Technical contributions from industry may be included as presented (without reviewed manuscript) in the conference proceedings. An exposition of industrial equipment will accompany the symposium. More information:
The call for papers is open . Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 December 2009


Science and Technology


Dr. Sébastien Gagneur
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, CPE Lyon, Université de Lyon, 43 Bd du 11 Novembre 1918, 69616 Villeurbanne, France

Within the common concerns and priorities of building an attractive and competitive European Higher Education Area while respecting national diversity, the questions of individuals' mo-bility and educational programmes' transparency and comparability are the focus of many debates and projects, especially in these times where educational systems are intensively and dynamically changing, facing a world-wide competition. A way to approach these issues is to provide analysis and comparison tools, such as for instance tests and frameworks. A thorough study of existing assessment methods of educational programmes' outcomes and individuals' abilities, and of current European and national projects showed that no such tools are available Europe-wide, and furthermore world-wide, for public use which are specific to Chemical Engineering. CHEMEPASS (Chemical Engineering Mobility Tools) is a project which developed a set of such kind of innovative tools to promote international mobility and attractiveness in European Chemical Engineering Higher Education.
The project was carried out by a consortium of 13 higher education institutions of 9 European countries and 1 of South Africa and financed for 3 years by the European Commission within the Action 4 of the Erasmus Mundus I Programme. The 3 CHEMEPASS tools developed are intended for the evaluation and recognition of competences, improving the transparency of programmes and the evaluation of competences and for knowledge pedagogy, with tests of knowledge for training and evaluating the basics.
The CHEMEPASS tools are the property of the international association ECEENA (European Chemical Engineering Education Network Association) and are available freely to all members of the association. These tools are: CHEMEPASS - 1: a database of programmes in higher education of Chemical Engineering, each programme being described in terms of contents, learning outcomes, and teaching methods; CHEMEPASS - 2: a book entitled "Meeting the challenges in chemical engineering higher education - CHEMEPASS Quality Recommendations" (ISBN: 978-0-620-43516-1). CHEMEPASS - 3: a software for training and testing fundamental areas of Chemical Engineering at the Bachelor exit level.
The final conference of the CHEMEPASS project took place in CPE Lyon on the 2nd of October 2009. All the productions of the CHEMEPASS project were presented and discussed and a round table on the corresponding topics was organized with the invited representatives of na-tional societies and industries.
The twelve-years-old European thematic network ECTN (focusing on Chemistry) and the CHEMEPASS consortium will merge into one new European thematic network, the EC2E2N (European Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Education Network), which was recently selected by the European Commission for a 3 year grant of 600 000 euros. The EC2E2N, as the ECTN and the CHEMEPASS were, will be coordinated by CPE Lyon.
Detailed information about the CHEMEPASS products, the ECEENA and the EC2E2N are available on the ECEENA website:   Contact:



Ines Honndorf, e-mail: honndorf

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