IChemE Communities of Practice now open to all members

IChemE Communities of Practice now open to all members

31st August 2021

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is encouraging members to join its two Communities of Practice on Energy and Research and Innovation.

IChemE’s Communities of Practice (CoPs) are international groups for members with an interest in a specific area who are keen to build networks, share knowledge and engage in joint problem-solving on international challenges to support members and IChemE strategy. The CoPs will act as a point of contact for government and other organisations seeking a chemical engineering view on each topic

The Energy Community of Practice (CoP) aims to develop and deliver energy projects that are relevant to the profession, the industries in which chemical and process engineers work and policymakers around the world. The CoP will provide expert, evidence-based advice on energy issues, while highlighting the role of chemical engineers in meeting the energy challenges that society faces.

Previously known as the Energy Centre, the Energy CoP has already delivered a range of outputs, including technical reports on carbon capture, utilisation and storage, input into policy consultations, and good practice guides on energy and resource efficiency.

The Research and Innovation Community of Practice (CoP) supports IChemE’s goals as set out in Strategy 2024, to support research and innovation by identifying and promoting key areas of research and innovation in chemical engineering. Research and innovation also form an integral part of IChemE’s technical strategy, Chemical Engineering Matters, which sets out the importance of chemical engineering research in addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Research and Innovation CoP brings together and replaces the UK Research Committee, the Australian Research Committee, and the Early Career Researchers Forum. It will continue the work of the previous committees to champion chemical engineering research through input into policy work and via materials that demonstrate the importance of chemical engineering research to everyday life.

CoPs are open to all IChemE members and as the groups are internationally-reaching, members from all locations are encouraged to participate. Joining will allow members to stay informed of the CoP’s activities, volunteer to participate in projects the CoP is undertaking and contribute to policy consultations the CoP is engaging in.

For more information or to join a CoP visit www.icheme.org/communities-of-practice.


Energy Community of Practice

Research and Innovation Community of Practice


For more information please contact:

Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454
e: lcook@icheme.org

Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435
e: rfraser@icheme.org

What is chemical engineering?

Chemical, biochemical and process engineering is the application of science, maths and economics in the process of turning raw materials into everyday, and more specialist, products. Professional chemical engineers design, construct and manage process operations all over the world. Oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, synthetic fibres and clean drinking water are just some of the products where chemical engineering plays a central role.


The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) advances chemical engineering's contribution worldwide for the benefit of society. We support the development of chemical engineering professionals and provide connections to a powerful network of over 33,000 members in more than 100 countries.

We support our members in applying their expertise and experience to make an influential contribution to solving major global challenges, and are the only organisation to award Chartered Chemical Engineer status and Professional Process Safety Engineer registration.