ICHEME and affiliate society the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE), have together held their first joint event, at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
NSChE became IChemE’s first affiliate society in August 2015, following IChemE president Andrew Jamieson’s desire to forge links with the chemical engineering community in Nigeria, which has a large oil and gas industry.
Around 100 delegates attended the event, which was hosted by Adetokunbo Oladipo Denloye, head of Lagos’ chemical engineering department, Lagos vice-chancellor Rahmon Adisa Bello and deputy president of NSChE Sunday Sam Adefila. The lecture was on the theme of ‘The impact of emerging world energy realities on chemical engineers’ and was given by Bello and Adefila.
IChemE director of qualifications and international development, Neil Atkinson, gave a talk on the current global energy market and its impact on chemical engineering, as well as water and food demands. He also spoke about the work of the IChemE Energy Centre in influencing energy policies, and IChemE’s policy document, Chemical Engineering Matters, and how it specifically applies to chemical and process engineering in Nigeria.
John Erinne, chairman of the international affairs committee of NSChE, closed the meeting.
“I am delighted to see such an engaged audience of engineers in this room. Together we can use our expertise and local knowledge to help NSChE and IChemE develop their partnership, and ensure that policy documents like Chemical Engineering Matters deliver a global perspective on key issues. Events such as this help us to focus on what our members really want, and will become integral to planning our future programme of activity,” Erinne said.
NSChE and IChemE will work together to support the future of chemical engineering in Nigeria, following positive conversations at the event.
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