IChemE takes centre stage at the Process and Chemical Engineering Show this May

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The CHEMUK 2024 EXPO will return on 15 and 16 May at the NEC in Birmingham. Running as part of the trade show, event organiser, UK Industry Events, has announced the launch of the new Process & Chemical Engineering Show Zone.

The Process & Chemical Engineering Show Zone will be the UK’s only event that brings process engineers from the Chemical, Food & Beverage, Pharma, Oil & Gas, and Water & Wastewater industries together to experience the very latest innovation that is shaping and inspiring the process industries under one giant roof.

The new focused event zone will present hundreds of specialist process engineering suppliers to attending process professionals that are involved directly in the design, development, management, and maintenance of operations in the processing of liquid, solid, powder, and gas-based process engineering industries.

Managing director of UK Industry Events, Ian Stone, explained the decision to introduce the focused show zone: “The Process & Chemical Engineering Show Zone will give attendees the ability to survey the wealth of new technology and products that are available but also to be able to share that knowledge across the various vertical industries that are the application areas for process engineering.

“Process engineering is, of course, in essence chemical engineering in as much as it is the application of chemical unit operations and unit processes. So, there is an ‘esprit de corps’ among all major process engineers, often coming through a classically chemical engineering educational base.”

Process engineering is, of course, in essence chemical engineering in as much as it is the application of chemical unit operations and unit processes

IChemE at CHEMUK 2024

We are delighted to confirm that the show is supported by the IChemE and that they will be exhibiting and delivering two keynotes and a “mini conference”:

  • IChemE Keynote – Nigel Hirst, IChemE president: Wednesday: 12:00 to 12:20, Stage 4
  • IChemE Keynote – Yvonne Baker OBE, IChemE CEO: Thursday: 11:00 to 11:20, Stage 4
  • Towards sustainable production: the scaling up challenge – IChemE mini conference, Wednesday: 10:30 to 12:00, Stage 4
    • Rob Peeling, chair of IChemE Congress and Functional Fellow representative
    • Chris Hamlin, IChemE’s Process Management and Control SIG vice-chair
    • Mark Apsey, Ameresco senior vice-president, IChemE deputy president and trustee
    • James Winterburn, reader in chemical engineering at The University of Manchester
    • Anna Parsons, associate director, process engineering, AstraZeneca
    • Andy Ingram, associate professor, chemical engineering, University of Birmingham

CHEMUK 2024 speaker programme

Running as part of the show will be the Process and Chemical Engineering speaker programme. Highlights from this year’s show will include a series of 90-minute mini conferences, including:

  • Process intensification symposium: unlocking the potential of process intensification for net zero – Hosted by Process Intensification (PI) Group – Newcastle University mini conference, Wednesday: 11:30 to 13:00, Stage 3
    • Adam Harvey, director of the process industries: Net Zero “PINZ” Centre for Doctoral Training, Process Intensification Group, Newcastle University
    • Nikolay Cherkasov, Stoli Catalysts
    • Jon Lee, Process Intensification Group – Newcastle University
    • Jonathan McDonough, Process Intensification Group – Newcastle University
  • Build and scale for a biobased future – IBioIC mini conference, Wednesday: 10:30 to 12:00, Stage 5
    • Chair: Lynsey Dunbar, IBioIC senior business engagement manager
    • Chair: Mark Bustard, IBioIC CEO
    • Stephen Wallace, University of Edinburgh
    • Rennos Fragkoudis, Edinburgh Genome Foundry manager
    • Tessa Moses, EdinOmics
    • Mark Gronnow, process development unit leader at Biorenewables Development Centre
    • Yvonne Armitage, principal strategic programme manager at CPI
  • Technologies that will disrupt chemical manufacturing – Hosted by Innovate UK & Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) mini conference. Thursday: 13:00 to 14:30, Stage 3
    • Session chair: Amy Peace, innovation lead, Innovate UK
    • Michael Burnett, knowledge transfer manager – process manufacturing, Innovate UK Business Connect
    • Mary Jenkinson-Finch, senior portfolio manager – industrial biotechnology, BBSRC
    • Freddie Dudbridge, commercial development and strategy manager, Constructive Bio
    • Mike George, professor of chemistry, University of Nottingham
    • Jill Dearnaley, Econic Technologies Ltd chief operations officer
    • Zoe Burrell, BBSRC portfolio manager
  • PLFs revolution: creating a new mission-led research and innovation ecosystem for sustainable PLFs – Hosted by Centre for Process Innovation (CPI). Thursday: 13:00 to 14:00, Stage 2
    • Anju Massey-Brooker, industry associate, PLF taskforce coordinator for the RSC
    • Dan Noakes from CPI (systemic challenge lead)
    • Joanna Sparks, biomass policy Fellow, University of Asto
    • Duncan Lugton, IChemE head of policy
    • Andrew Dove, professor of sustainable polymer chemistry, University of Birmingham
    • Caroline Kelly, head of technology strategy, CPI

In addition, the speaker programme will present several expert presentations and keynotes, including:

  • Supporting your journey to net zero - Innovate UK KTN on behalf of Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ)
  • Is it just yet another fieldbus? Ethernet conquers instrumentation in process industry – ABB
  • Process intensification of batch chemistry production – Thermal fluid systems
  • New technologies from the solvents industry on the road to net zero – Solvents Industry Association
  • Connecting into the UK’s innovation support ecosystem – ScotCHEM panel session
  • Continuous membrane-based separation to improve batch extraction productivity – Zaiput

Industry support

The Process and Chemical Engineering Show is partnered with the major trade bodies and industry associations supporting the process engineering sector including, IChemE, BVAA (British Valve & Actuator Association), BPMA (British Pump Manufacturers Association), UKGSA (UK Gaskets & Sealants Association), Process Intensification Network, NEPIC, and Chemicals Northwest, among others.

Dates for the diary

CHEMUK 2024 takes place on Wednesday 15 May (9:30–17:00) and Thursday 16 May (9:30–16:00) 2024.

Venue: Hall 1, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, B40 1NT

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