Chemical engineering matters

Chemical engineering matters

Chemical Engineering Matters outlines IChemE’s broader thinking on the areas where the profession creates, maintains or improves quality of life.

This document is intended to provoke debate and stimulate activities and engagement with a long-term view rather than short-sighted thinking.


This revised technical document addresses the challenges faced across four areas of society and the world today. Across each of these four areas there are underlying chemical engineering principles that must also be addressed.

IChemE has identified ten priority areas each with actions relating to the four themes and underlying areas central to the profession.

  • safety and risk
  • education, training and skills
  • research
  • energy
  • water
  • food and nutrition
  • health and wellbeing
  • political dimension
  • economics
  • public 

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2014 IChemE presidential address 

IChemE Presidential Address 2014

Professor Geoffrey Maitland

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Addressing challenges at the water-energy-food nexus... 

Dr Desmond King CEng FIChemE,
Past President

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