31 March 2016

SAIChE IChemE member events held in March 2016

In keeping with IChemE's technical strategy (Chemical engineering matters), which has identified four 'vistas' where chemical engineers can make a difference (energy, water, food, well-being), we held two events in March 2016, one on food, one on water.

On 8 March 2016 Carl Sandrock, lecturer at University of Pretoria, led a tasting of craft beers, explaining how beer is made, and focussing on how a craft beer is different from a commercial beer. About 40 members attended the event, which was held out-doors at the LC de Villiers sports fields, and was followed by a braai.

On 9 March 2016 we heard Professor Mike Muller, who spent a long career with the Department of Water Affairs, share his thoughts on the problem of addressing South Africa's water security problems. A very thought provoking talk from a real expert in the field. This talk was twinned, by the marvels of global information technology and the world-wide web, with a talk by Professor Mike Bradshaw in the UK, on how the UK is facing its energy security problems, in which fracking, and the impact on ground-water, is currently very much a topic of debate. About 35 people attended the event at the CSIR in Pretoria, at their new Knowledge Commons venue. The event was co-hosted by the Water Research Commission.

We would like to thank our members for their support, and welcome any feedback.

Written by Danielle Bearman on behalf of the Gauteng Members Group

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