28 August - 1 September 2010, Prague, Czech Republic
This exceptional joint Congress addressed the full spectrum of chemical and process engineering practice, including current trends and future needs. The logistics of the programme, which included the satellite PRES 2010 conference as well as the standard sessions and specialised symposia, enabled participants to listen also to presentations which were close to their fields of research yet outside their everyday horizons. Participation was nearly 1300 people from 65 countries, students comprised almost 30% of all participants.
In addition to the general topics (Reaction engineering, catalysis and kinetics, Separation processes and equipment, Phase equilibrium and fluid properties, Fluid flow and multiphase systems, Computer aided process engineering, Heat transfer processes and equipment, Particulate solids, and Chemical engineering education), another eleven specialised events were organized on Environmental engineering, Electrochemical engineering, Safety in chemical industry, Supercritical fluid applications, Thermodynamics and transport properties, Food processing and technology, Micro- and mesoporous materials, Progress in chemical technology and biotechnology, Process intensification and miniaturisation, Electromembrane processes and integrated membrane systems, and EU Projects F3 Factory, COPIRIDE and PILLS.
An important part of the Congress was the 13th Conference PRES 2010 on Process integration, modelling and optimisation for energy saving and pollution reduction.
In total four Congress plenary and 48 keynote lectures were presented together with more than 1600 oral and poster contributions. Congress proceedings were issued on a fully searchable CD-ROM and supported by printed books of abstracts. The greatest interest attracted the Congress plenary lectures: Lutz Maedler (University of Bremen, Germany) presented in his lecture 'Nanostructured materials through combustion synthesis' a broad potential of flame spray pyrolysis for applications ranging from catalysts to UV filters. Philippe Tanguy (Total SA, France) discussed in his talk entitled 'Environmental footprint of energy production: process engineering challenges' examples of different scenarios on reducing the environmental impacts of energy production. Keith Waldron (Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK) illustrated in his lecture 'Moving towards a sustainable food chain through the total exploitation of agri food chain co-products and biomass' some of the scientific and technological challenges which face the food industry. René van Sloten (European Chemical Industry Council, CEFIC) suggested in his contribution 'Framework conditions for a competitive chemical industry in Europe' the conclusions and measures for fostering the competitive position of the chemical industry in Europe.
The EFCE Working Parties on Process Intensification, Multiphase Fluid Flow, and Chemical Reaction Engineering organised a best poster competition for PhD students and postdocs. The winner of the best poster of the session ''Intensified Technologies for Multiphase Reactions', Miss Carla Pereira, Portugal, was awarded prize money and a certificate.
Several EFCE meetings were held within the Congress, e.g meeting of the Executive Board, followed by a very successful EFCE Discussion Forum, meetings of the Working Parties on Education, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Process Intensification, and Mixing. During the festive Congress opening, the President of the EFCE Prof. R. Darton awarded the Dieter Behrens Medal to M. Molzahn (D) and an EFCE honorary membership to G. Kreysa (D). Prof. J. Drahoš, President of the Czech Society of Chemical Engineering, awarded the honorary memberships of the CSCHE to R. Gani (DK), F. Kaštánek (CZ) and F. Saito (JP). Last but not least, the Congress also offered a traditionally rich social program: the concert of the Prague Symphony Orchestra with the A. Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World", belonged undoubtedly to its highlights.
The next CHISA Congress will take place in Prague at the end of August 2012.