IChemE celebrates 100 years

Article by Amanda Doyle

ICHEME is celebrating its centenary with a programme of activities throughout 2022 to honour the work of past and present chemical engineers, as well as present innovations in development that will meet challenges of the future.

The inaugural meeting of the Institution was held at the Hotel Cecil in London on 2 May 1922. IChemE has been advancing chemical engineering for 100 years and now has a membership of 30,000 around the world. The centenary has been given the name ChemEng Evolution to mark the evolution of chemical engineering.

The programme of activities will explore a different topic each month. The themes have been chosen to highlight and celebrate the enormous contribution that chemical engineering has made to society over the last century. The activities will include monthly webinar panel discussions, a blog series from members, and a series of feature articles in The Chemical Engineer.

A dedicated website for ChemEng Evolution has been launched that gives details of the upcoming events, as well as a collection of articles written by members.

Jane Cutler, IChemE President, said: “As the 80th President of IChemE, I am delighted to be leading our historic Institution at this important landmark. The world we live in may have changed significantly since the inaugural meeting in 1922, but one thing has remained constant, and that is the commitment of chemical engineers to serve our society.

“I encourage you all to participate in the programme of activities to celebrate our profession. The webinar panel discussions will provide a wonderful forum for debate and conversation, and everyone is invited to participate.

"The centenary is the perfect time to acknowledge the contributions of the many people who have been part of IChemE’s 100-year history and who paved the way to make our institution what it is today. I would like to thank our incredible members, volunteers and staff who work together to achieve our aims.”

Article by Amanda Doyle

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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