Congress elections

Call for Congress nominations

Nominations are now open. The closing date is 25 February 2020 at 09:30 GMT.

Please note: You can only stand for one seat and nominate one candidate in the Congress election.

Congress is the member advisory body for the Institution comprising of up to 40 volunteer members. It acts as a sounding board and advises the Board of Trustees on matters of interest to IChemE and its members.

The members of Congress are nominated and elected by their peers within two electoral colleges: functional and regional.

Eligible IChemE members can stand, nominate and vote for the available positions in the two electoral colleges on Congress, as set out on page three and four of Your Congress Handbook. The Functional College reflects the membership grades, and the Regional College represents members geographically.

Successful candidates will be expected to attend an induction session at Brownsover Hall Hotel in Rugby, UK, and further face-to-face meetings, including the IChemE AGM. These meetings will take place between 14—16 June 2020.

Further details on how Congress operates can be found in Your Congress handbook, in the Congress Terms of Reference and in Regulation 1B.

There are 20 seats up for election, defined as follows:

Functional college vacancies

  • One Fellow seat
  • Three Chartered Member seats
  • One Early Career seat

There are no student seats available for the election in 2020.

Members who are eligible to nominate or vote for a functional seat should be currently, or most recently, at a similar career stage to the candidate.

Associate Members, Affiliate Members, and Technician Members with more than nine years of experience are eligible to support a nomination for, and vote for, the Early Career Congress seat, but cannot stand for election.

If you wish to stand for one of the vacant functional seats, your nomination must be supported by two members in the same constituency, as set out in the table on page three of Your Congress Handbook.

Regional college vacancies

One seat is available in each of the following constituencies:

  • All Ireland
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Malaysia
  • Midlands (UK and IRE)
  • Netherlands
  • North East (UK and IRE)
  • North Scotland (UK and IRE)
  • North West and North Wales (UK and IRE)
  • Rest of the World
  • South Central (UK and IRE)
  • South East (UK and IRE)
  • South Scotland (UK and IRE)
  • South Wales (UK and IRE)
  • South West (UK and IRE)

Chartered Members and Fellows are eligible to stand and vote for a regional seat based on their primary registered address on the IChemE database. They can also nominate a candidate in any region.

If you wish to stand for one of the vacant regional seats, your nomination must be supported by two Voting Members (Fellows and/or Chartered Members) who can be based in any region. Further details are available on page four and five of Your Congress Handbook.

Details on how to submit nominations can be found in the nomination process section.