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AIChE Expands Global Presence with International Conferences

August 1, 2014


This summer, AIChE built its global network by sponsoring or collaborating on international conferences in five countries. These conferences - devoted to topics ranging from process safety to biological engineering to alternative fuels - are valuable because of the diversity of experiences and perspectives embodied by the participants, as well as their focus on specific technologies and industries and the unique challenges that need to be addressed in each geographic location.

AIChE's Society for Biological Engineering and its Metabolic Engineering Society hosted the Metabolic Engineering X Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 15-19. In July, AIChE collaborated with other scientific societies on the U.S. National Science Foundation'sResearch Coordination Network Conference on Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability, held in Recife, Brazil, for the benefit of science and engineering researchers in North, Central, and South America. And this month, AIChE's Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) is sponsoring its second AIChE CCPS AsiaPacific Conference (Aug. 7-8 in Perth, Australia), which

brings information on process safety and chemical engineering technology to oil and gas industry professionals in Asia, Australia, the Pacific Island nations, and beyond.

The following conferences balance out this summer's international events:

2nd Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) China Conference on Process Safety, Aug. 28-29, 2014, Qingdao, China - Presented in collaboration with the China Univ. of Petroleum (Beijing) and the China Chemical Safety Association, this conference brings together engineers, government representatives, and academic researchers in China and internationally to share advances in process safety. The conference is an offshoot of CCPS's Global Congress on Process Safety, which is held annually in connection with AIChE's Spring Meeting - the next installment of which will take place Apr. 26-30,2015, in Austin, TX.

59th Annual Safety in Ammonia Plants and Related Facilities Symposium, Sept. 7-11,2014, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - This long-established conference, one of AIChE's first to be held regularly at international locations, is dedicated to helping engineers and chemical plant managers in the ammonia, nitric acid, methanol, and related industries around the world to innovate safe processes and run safe operations. Hundreds of representatives from dozens of countries participate at each year's symposium.

6th Latin American Conference on Process Safety, Sept. 15-17,2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Another spinoff conference of CCPS's Global Congress on Process Safety, the Latin American Conference is a recent addition to AIChE's and CCPS's worldwide effort to prevent industrial accidents by promoting lifelong learning and continual improvement in process safety. The conference's technical presentations and lectures are offered with English and Spanish translations.

More information about these and other conferences sponsored by AIChE and its affiliates is available at

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Source: Chemical Engineering Progress

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