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ChemEngDayUK 2020

ChemEngDayUK 2020

Important announcement regarding conference themes

We have been informed by potential participants that the conference themes seem quite narrow, such that other work that colleagues might want to present doesn’t seem to have a natural home within the listed themes. This was not our intention. As the sole UK-based general chemical engineering conference, ChemEngDayUK is intended to be broad and inclusive rather than narrow, aiming to give an opportunity for the breadth of UK chemical engineering research to be showcased.  Please submit your abstracts and sessions will be organised accordingly.

Thank you.

Professor Hadj Benkreira, Chair ChemEngDayUK2020

Making Knowledge Work

Tues, 7 April mid day - Wed, 8 April mid afternoon 2020, The University of Bradford

The University of Bradford Department of Chemical Engineering is delighted to be hosting ChemEngDayUK 2020 and look forward to welcoming research staff and students from UK universities and industrial collaborators to discuss developments and innovations in their fields of work.

The ChemEngDayUK concept is “that through a combination of distinguished plenary speakers, technical sessions with oral presentations from academics, research staff and students from across UK universities and industry, and interactive poster sessions, participants will showcase their research efforts and technologies, and share visions with researchers in the UK. New opportunities for collaborative effort will be created and, in particular, industrialists will be able to establish new dialogues and build relationships with universities in addition to developing links across industries”.

Conference Chair: Prof Hadj Benkreira (CEng, FIChemE, FHEA)

Conference co-Chairs: Dr Raj Patel and Professor Iqbal Mujtaba (CEng, FIChemE)


A detailed programme will be released in January 2020 and will be composed of oral and poster presentations from academics, research staff and students from across UK universities and industry and the following talks from distinguished plenary and key note speakers:

A photograph of Ailie MacAdam

Opening Plenary Presentation: “Chemical Engineering and Beyond”.

By Ailie MacAdam (Senior Vice President of Bechtel Corporation and General Manager of Bechtel Infrastructure Asia Pacific "Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering List 2016").

A photo of Robin Smith 

Key note Presentation: “Rethinking Future Industrial Energy Systems”.

By Robin Smith (FRAEng, FIChemE, CEng, IChemE Hanson Medal 1992, IChemE Sargent Medal 2018, Director of the Centre for Process Integration in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science of the University of Manchester and co-founder of Process Integration Limited and Process Asset Integration Management Limited).

A photo of Sandro Macchietto 

Key note Presentation: “Food, water, energy, is it worth cleaning up?”.

By Sandro Macchietto (Cavaliere of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic 2004, Professor of Process Systems Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering of Imperial College London, Director of Energy Futures Lab, Member of the Court of Imperial College and co-founder of Process Systems Enterprise Ltd and Hexxcell Ltd).

An image of Mark Talford, key note speak for ChemEng Day event

Key note Presentation: "Process Technology: A game for n-players".

By Mark Talford (Chief Executive of Britest). Britest owns and applies a suite of proprietary process understanding tools and methodologies that have been developed and honed through years of practice and collaboration to troubleshoot and solve process problems, taking a whole process understanding approach to the design of new products and processes.


Oral Presentations by invited speakers and participants from across the UK Chemical Engineering academic and industry community.

Poster Presentations by PhD Research Students from across the UK Chemical Engineering departments.


Topics for this year’s conference include the following themes:

  • Process Modelling
  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Advanced Materials (Powders, polymers, soft solids, etc.)
  • Educational Theme: ‘CDIO and Future Approaches to Learning  & Teaching in Chemical Engineering’.
A student using Chemical Engineering equipment

Event Pricing & Registration

Registration Fee*Before 15 Feb 2020After 15 Feb 2020
Academic and staff related £270 £300
Registered PhD student £190 £220
UG/MSc student £90 £120
Industry £350 £400
Day access (industry) £200 £250
Exhibition table £1500 £1600

*includes coffee/tea, conference dinner on day 1, lunch on both days.

Day 1 starts after lunch at 2pm. Conferences closes on Day 2 at 2pm

Call for abstracts for both Oral & Poster Presentations

We are pleased to announce that the date of submission of the abstracts for oral/poster presentations has been extended to 10 February 2020.

Abstracts of up to 500 words are invited under the following headings:

  • Process Modelling
  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Advanced Materials (Powders, polymers, soft solids, etc.)
  • CDIO and Future Approaches to Learning  & Teaching in Chemical Engineering

Abstracts should be submitted by completing the abstract form and sent to: Hadj Benkreira

Please indicate in your abstract whether you wish your presentation to be presented as an oral or a poster or both.

Abstract and Poster Templates are attached below.

Sponsorship and exhibition

The event will have a range of industrial sponsorship and exhibition opportunities. For more information about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities at ChemEngDayUK 2020 contact Tina Vickers