Note in your calendar!
The EFCE President and the Executive Board invite the chemical engineering community to the EFCE Forum 2013 which will be held in conjunction with ECCE9/ECAB2 on Sunday, 21 April 2013 at 14:00 - 16:30 h at the World Forum The Hague, the Netherlands.
On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of EFCE and ECCE9, you are invited to join EFCE VP Prof Rafiqul Gani who will host a panel discussion on the role of EFCE on topical issues surrounding: Education, Sustainability, Bio, Innovation.
For the third time, The EFCE President and the Executive Board invited the chemical engineering community to the EFCE Forum. This year's Forum was held in conjunction with the CHISA 2012- the 20th InternationalCongress of Chemical and Process Engineering, on Saturday, 25 August, 17.00 - 18.00 h at Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic.
The presentations given at the EFCE Forum on the opportunities presented by the EU Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation are available for download here:
- Towards Horizon 2020 - The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, where are the opportunities for chemical engineers?
Presentation of Dr. David Brown
- The Strategic Development Committee - An initiative of SFGP
Presentation of Mr. Jérôme Gosset
For the second time, EFCE has organised an EFCE Forum which was held in conjunction with the 8th European Congress of Chemical Engineering, ECCE-8, on Sunday, 25 September 2011, 13.00 - 15.00 h at the International Congress Centrum (ICC), Berlin, Germany.
The presentations given at the EFCE Forum are available for download here:
The EFCE has been thinking about its future strategy. The world around us is changing fast, with anxieties about fossil fuel and global warming, about resource depletion and security of supply of many key commodities. All this against the backdrop of wilting economies - the banking crisis and its knock-on effects. On the other hand we have seen steadily improving living standards in most areas, with great new technologies and products that improve lives still further. And we have the opportunities offered by revolutions in communications and biotechnology. This is not an exclusive list of changes! So how should the EFCE be responding? Following an open Forum discussion at CHISA in Prague in 2010, we organized a "Perspectives" opinion survey early in 2011. The results were presented at a Forum in Berlin in September, prior to ECCE8. Extrapolating from some 1800 responses across Europe suggests that we are pretty pleased to be chemical engineers - 83% agreed that "Chemical engineering is the right career for me". We are worried about jobs though. In Germany 91% agreed that employment prospects for chemical engineers were good - the highest in the EFCE area - but in other places the optimism was less, and sometimes much less - a matter of concern. A convincing 87% felt that governments should do more to reduce reliance on fossil energy, though 58% asked for more factual information to enable them to understand energy and climate issues. The Survey included many other topics, and the Forum at Berlin went on to discuss what our priorities should be. To diversify the debate we split up into five groups, and we certainly heard a variety of intriguing ideas! Here are a few, to give a flavour: we should improve our outreach to young people, since too few participate in our Working Parties and Sections; we emphasize energy issues, but do not think so much about water, which is also a vital, and frequently scarce, resource. Many wanted the EFCE and leading chemical engineers to be more visible in policy debates on issues like water, energy, industry. There was much discussion of education - the need for updated and engaging course content and the desire of some for a more robust international accreditation. I have suggested elsewhere that we now need to move from Survey to Strategy to Delivery, and that is the challenge. There will be more to report on this at the next Forum at CHISA 2012.
For the first time, EFCE invited collegeagues to join the EFCE forum which was held in conjunction with ECCE7/HISA, in Prague, Czech Republic, in August 2010.