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Section Early Career Chemical Engineers


Upcoming events

7 May 2024, Tuesday, 6 pm CET: Section Board Members meeting

4 June 2024, Tuesday, 6 pm CET: General Members meeting

13 June 2024, Thursday, 6 pm CET: Section Board Members meeting

24 June 2024, Monday, 6 pm CET: General Members meeting

17 July 2024, Wednesday, 6 pm CET: Section Board Members meeting

22 July 2024, Monday, 6 pm CET: General Members meeting

recurring meetings in different subgroups


08 April 2022: EFCE Executive Board approved the Preparatory Committee of the new Section

21 August 2022: EFCE Executive Board approved the Memorandum of the new Section

27 September 2022: First official meeting of the new Section 'Early Career Chemical Engineers', launching plans for Spotlight Talks in April and for ECCE&ECAB conference in September 2023.

19 October 2022: Finalized Memorandum (incl. Erratum) of the new Section is published

02 November 2022: First meeting of Section General Members recurring last Wednesday every second month and shifting the meeting of Section Board members to first Thursday every month

08 November 2022: Publication of Section Logo (file available here)

31 May 2023: Spotlight Talk on Open Science organized by Early Career ChemEng Section! (Flyer, Recording on YouTube)

05 September 2023: Election of first official Chair of the Section

17 - 21 September 2023: ECCE14&ECAB7 in Berlin, EFCE Event No. 782

  • 18 September 2023: Pubquiz in Berlin
  • 19 September 2023: Inauguration meeting
  • 20 September 2023: Plenary Lecture of Early Career Awardee Maria

10 November 2023: Section Board Members meeting

29 November 2023: Section General Members meeting. Successful general meeting with 21 participants. We welcomed 10 new general members! 

27 March 2024: Celebration meeting: 6 month anniversary since Inauguration (slide deck available here)


We are the Early Careers Chemical Engineers Section of the European Federation of Chemical Engineers (EFCE). This section aims to inspire, inform, upskill and influence our community members to choose a lifelong career in chemical engineering.

We do this by:

  • Advocating and showcasing the importance of this profession in the advancement of society.
  • Promoting top-level chemical engineering science developments,
  • Sharing innovations in the field,
  • Informing about new strategic technologies,
  • Discussing interdisciplinary items
  • And much more!

We intend for our activities to help forge an active early career community for our members to develop their present and future capabilities. We do this by bridging the gap for graduates stepping into industry and bringing together the wide range of diverse experiences and interests of Early Career Chemical Engineers through interdisciplinary meetings, conferences and workshops.


Section members


Name Affiliations Section Role
Sofia Garcia Fracaro Merck KGaA, GER Section Chair
Silvie Müller Merck KGaA, GER Section Vice-Chair
Morgane Poser IMT Mines Albi-Carmaux, FR Section Board member
Florencia Arrosio Diversey, GER Section Board member
Alper Koyuncu Middle East Technical University, TUR Section Board member
Sara Marchini Technische Universität Dresden, GER Section Board member
Sijin Saji Xampla, UK Section Board member
Agnese Musacchio University of Pisa and AIDIC Giovani, IT Section Board member
Chioma Udeozor NEPIC, UK Section Board member
Alexandr Zubov University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, CZ Section Board member
Anna Vanluchene Ghent University, BE Section Board member
Célia Pedro Eco-Oil, PT Section Board member
Ilaria Ceteroni Institute of Chemical Technology (UPV-CSIC), ES Section member
Gabriele Verrecchia Haleon, IT Section member
Laura Pirro Yara International, NL Section member
Paul Jenkinson Metropolitan, UK Section member
Carla Esch RWTH Aachen, GER Section member
Daniel Albrecht University Duisburg Essen, GER Section member
Joseph Agnew Nouryon, SWE Section member
Kristina Zentel TU Darmstadt, GER Section member
Laura Grindey Eternis, UK Section member
Andres David Pina Martinez ENSIC-University of Lorraine, FRA Section member
Patrik Furda Slovak University of Technology, SK Section member
Luigi Piero Di Bonito Università degli Studi della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", IT Section member
Bianca Thoms kjVI group of VDI-GVC, GER Section member
Kseniya Papchenko University of Edinburgh, UK Section member
Emanuele Moioli Villigen PSI, CH Section member
Mario Luca Nardella Università di Pisa, IT Section member
Grzegorz Bernacki Politechnika Warszawska, PL Section member
Monika Klimek Politechnika Warszawska, PL Section member
Nikodem Dabrowski Politechnika Warszawska, PL Section member
Paul Paunas Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, GER Section member
Jens Friedland Universität Ulm, GER Section member

Awards and Grants


Excellence Awards


Student Mobility Award


EFCE Travel Grant


The EFCE Travel Grant provides support to early career members of EFCE or member societies to enable them to present their work at various EFCE events and to develop important networks to further their careers. The grant applications will be evaluated by the EFCE Early Career Section and it will also provide further opportunities to early career colleagues to engage in spreading the awareness of these events through social media. 

Early Career Chemical Engineers are defined as those who are working towards or have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and have less than approx. 8 years of relevant professional experience in case of a master’s degree or less than approx. 4 years of relevant professional experience in the case of a Ph.D. title.

Call for applications 2024

The call for applications for the Travel Grant will open in 2024.

Applications should include:

  • application form 
  • a 2 min (max!) video from the applicants, telling in a few words why he/she should selected

> Application Form

All documents must be sent to the EFCE Frankfurt Secretariat at: ines.honndorf (at) dechema.de .

Deadline for submission of applications: 



The conditions of eligibility to the Grant competition are as follow: 

  1. the applicant is a member of the Early Career Chemical Engineers Section of EFCE, of any early career chemical engineers group of EFCE member societies (or is actively working on becoming a member of such a group). If such a group does not exist, they are a member of the relevant EFCE member society.
  2. the applicant has submitted an abstract for the relevant EFCE event or is invited to present at such an event. 
  3. the applicant agrees to publicise the relevant EFCE event through social media, such as blogs, LinkedIn, Twitter and other relevant media.
  4. normally the applicant has not received another EFCE Travel Grant in the same same year .


Selection and Presentation

The Grant proposals will be judged by the Selection Committee solely based on the quality of applications provided through the application form and video and the need for the financial support.

The awardee will be notified by e-mail and announced on the EFCE website, its social media and in the EFCE newsletter..
The awardee will be presented with a certificate (prepared by the Frankfurt secretariat) confirming the award of the Grant at the relevant EFCE event they are attending.

Details of the contents of the application will be treated as confidential and handling of the information will be in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union. De-personalized general information may be disclosed for publicity reasons.