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Working Party on Education - WPE

Welcome to the website of the EFCE Working Party on Education (WPE).

This website has been designed to become a link between everybody who is interested in education in chemical engineering in Europe or who wants to get latest information on the topic. It is offering a lot of useful information as well as links to education website of all countries participating in the WPE.
The Working Party Education (WPE) consists of members from academia and industry out of 22 European countries (+ 2 corresponding members from Australia and South Africa). It considers the current and future education and formation of chemical engineers through higher education and continuing professional development, promoting co-operation and sharing of best practice.

Current activities


Countries participating in WPE:

Belgium   Bulgaria   Croatia   Czech Republic   Denmark   Estonia   Finland
France   Germany   Greece   Hungary   Ireland   Italy   The Netherlands   Norway
Poland   Portugal   Slovakia   Slovenia   Spain   Sweden   Switzerland   United Kingdom

Recent and upcoming WPE Business Meetings:

  • Florence, Italy, 16 September 2019
  • Paris, France, 29-30 April 2020
  • Prague, Czech Republic, August 2020




Who we are and what we do

The Working Party Education (WPE) consists of members from academia and industry out of 22 European countries (+ 2 corresponding members from Australia and South Africa). It considers the current and future education and formation of chemical engineers through higher education and continuing professional development, promoting co-operation and sharing of best practice.


  • Review current good practice, promote and provide information on
    -   "Chemical Engineering Education"
    -   "Continuing Professional Development"
  • Comply with EFCE Scientific policy and objectives:
    -   Convene regularly European actors in chemical engineering
    -   Co-ordinate events at European level to avoid overlapping
    -   Promote visibility and a strong image of the EFCE
    -   Support development of Sustainable Technology
  • Partcipate effectively in CHISA end ECCE-Conferences

Scope 2008 - 2010

  • To perform and internal SWOT analysis of the WPE.
  • To carry out a project on Good Practices in promoting Chemical Engineering.
  • To develop a project on modern ways of teaching and learning in Chemical Engineering.
  • To follow-up the Bologna process and review the EFCE-WPE Bologna recommendations.
  • To continue in developing the WPE Website as a means of communication to relevant users
    in order to distribute the above mentioned information and to contribute to the visibility of EFCE.



Members of the Working Party, 2018

Name Address E-mail

Prof. David Shallcross

(corresponding member)
Department of Chemical Engineering           
University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3052


Prof. Jan Degrève

Department of Chemical Engineering
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Rue de Croylaan 46, 3001 Heverlee - Leuven
Prof. Bogdana Koumanova Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (UCTM)
Kliment Ohridski Blvd 8, 1756 Sofia


Prof. Milan Jahoda University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
 Faculty of Chemical Engineering
Technická 5, 16628 Praha 6
Prof. Jens Abildskov Department of Chemical Engineering
Technical University of Denmark
Soltofts Plads, 2800 Kongrens Lyngby
Prof. Vahur Oja Tallinn Technical University
Faculty of Chemical and Materials Technology
Department of Chemical Engineering
Ehitajate tee 5, 19086 Tallinn
Prof.Tuomo Olavi Sainio Lappeenranta University of Technology
School of Engineering Science
Skinnarilankatu 34, 53850 Lappeenranta

Prof. Marie Debacq-Lapassat (Secretary)

Prof. Jean-Marc Le Lann

Prof. Dr. Eric Schaer (Chair)

case courrier 2D1P20
2 rue Conté, 75003 Paris

188, route de Narbonne, 31077 Toulouse Cedex 4

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des
Industries Chimiques (ENSIC)
rue Grandville 1, 54001 Nancy Cedex


Prof. Marcel Liauw


Dr.-Ing.  Michael  Wilk

Dr. Hermann J. Feise

RWTH Aachen
Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry
RWTH Aachen University
Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen

Merck KGaA
Operations Chemicals Organics
HPC: Q003/101
P.O.Box, 64271 Darmstadt

Science Relations & Innovation Management
GOH-B1, 67056 Ludwigshafen



Prof. Dr. N. Markatos National Technical University of Athens
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
9, Irion Polytechniou, Zografou, 157 73 Athens
Dr. Edit Szèkely Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Department of Chemical and Environmental Process Engineering
Budafoku UT 8, 1111 Budapest

Dr. Patricia M. Kieran

UCD School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4


Ing. Alessandro Bettoni


Prof. Patrizia Perego

Technip Italy
Viale Castello della Magliani 68, 00148 Roma

Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of Genoa
Via Opera Pia 15, 16145 Genoa


Prof. Dr. ir. Peter J. Hamersma Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Applied Science
Department of Chemical Engineering
Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL Delft
Prof. Lars Erik Oi Hogskolen i Telemark/TF
3914 Porsgrunn

Prof. Marek Henczka

Warsaw University of Technology
Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering
ul. Waryńskiego 1, 00-645 Warszawa

Prof. Luis Miguel Madeira

Department of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering -
University of Porto (FEUP)
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n, 4200 - 465 Porto

Dr. Petrica Iancu University "Politehnica"
Centre for Technology Transfer in the Process Industries
1, Polizu Street, 011061 Bucharest
Prof. Milan Polakovič Institute of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Radlinskeho 9, 812 37 Bratislava


Prof. Dr. Zdravko Kravanja University of Maribor
Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Smetanova 17, P.O. Box 219, 2000 Maribor

Prof. Dr. Carme Gonzalez Azon Universidad de Barcelona
Chemical Engineering Dept.
Marti i Franques 1, 08028 Barcelona



Prof. Dr. Thierry Meyer

Dr.-Ing. Berthold Schenkel

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL
CH J2 (Batiment (CH), Station 6, 1015 Lausanne

Novartis Pharma AG
WSJ-145.1045, Process Technologies
4002 Basel


Dr. Colin Deddis 

Dr. Jarka Glassey

Greymore Engineering Services Ltd
Slioch 2 Orchard Grove
Echt, Westhill, AB32 6UL

Newcastle University
School of Chemical Engineering
and Advanced Materials
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU


Here you can find conferences dealing with education in Chemical Engineering:




Here you can find interesting papers dealing with education in chemical engineering:


Previous activities



Here you can find the outcomes of several projects, the EFCE Working Party on Education performed since 1994:

The WPE has developed the following guidelines to design national education websites:
Guidelines for Webpages


April 2013

  •  34 Working Party members
        - Academic 24
        - Industrial 10
  • 23 European countries represented
  • Working Party meets usually twice a year
  • additional 2 forum meetings to prepare meetings and to discuss special topics 
  • Re-formed 1992 to study chemical engineering curricula in Europe
  • Survey of  "Chemical Engineering Curricula" completed 1994
  • Recommendation of a "Chemical Engineering Core Curriculum" 1994/2000 
  • Survey of "Biochemical Engineering Education" completed 1996
  • Development of a website (http://www.efce.info/wpe ) 2001 - ongoing
  • Preparation of EFCE's statement on Bologna Process 2003
  • Concept of the EFCE Student Mobility Award developed 2004
  • EFCE Bologna Recommendations elaborated 2004/2005 and published in September 2005
  • International conferences and symposia supported:
       "Chemical Engineering Education" sessions run at WCCE, ECCE and CHISA
  • Current work in 2013: see page "Mission"

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