Top ten achievements
1. Leaders in technical strategy
Twenty-one specialist interest groups across all branches of chemical and process engineering, along with member groups, national board members, and a governing Council, consult to steer the Institution’s technical strategy and policy positions. Activities are underpinned by the document Chemical Engineering Matters that addresses the four challenge areas facing our society today.
2. Pioneers in process safety
2013 saw the first applicants to receive IChemE’s newest professional qualification, Professional Process Safety Engineer. The registration is the first international pan-engineering process safety standard to be recognised at the same professional level as Chartered Engineer or Professional Engineer.
The Institution’s flagship process safety conference Hazards now takes place in the UK every year and on a biannual basis in Australia and Singapore and IChemE's Safety Centre (ISC), has come into being as a place where all safety resources can be found and is currently being run out of Australia.
IChemE’s Loss Prevention Bulletin provides a platform to share information on accidents and process safety case studies to help organisations and individuals avoid making the same mistakes and the Safety and Loss Prevention Special Interest Group, stages meetings and webinars throughout the year on all aspects of process safety.
3. World class conferences
Attracting delegates and speakers from around the globe, IChemE events and conferences are key dates within the process communities. IChemE's flagship process safety conference Hazards is now staged every year in the UK and on a biannual basis in Australia and Singapore, with other conference topics including gasification, process control and nuclear energy. IChemE also acts as a conference organiser for other events in the chemical and process engineering space and will be organising Chemeca, the Asia Pacific Chemical Engineering Conference and the European Symposium of Biochemical Engineering Sciences in 2015/2016.
4. Chemical engineering publishing excellence
IChemE journals, including Chemical Engineering Research and Design, were first published in 1923 and are the official journals of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE). The Chemical Engineer (tce) magazine celebrated its 800th issue in 2008 and the Loss Prevention Bulletin remains a leading source of international process safety case studies.
5. Award winning careers campaign
Since the launch of whynotchemeng in 2001, applications to study chemical engineering at UK universities have trebled. There is now a record number of students studying chemical engineering in the UK. whynotchemeng is funded by IChemE, industry and universities, with classroom resources and careers literature used in schools and colleges around the world.
6. Recognising innovation and achievement
IChemE Awards have been recognising international chemical engineering innovation and achievement since 1994. Covering every aspect of the profession, the Institution’s global awards programme attracts entries from all over the world and national events have now also been established in Malaysia and Singapore.
7. Policy campaigns
IChemE launched a campaign to boost the number of female experts at the senior level of the profession. We also campaigned against strict migration rules, which harm universities and industry.
8. An international institution
IChemE has offices in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK, and senior ambassadors in Canada, France, Qatar, and the US.
9. Record membership levels
IChemE has over 44,000 members in 120 countries with year-on-year membership growth for over 40 years
10. Over 50 years of chartered status
The only organisation authorized to to award Chartered Chemical Engineer status, an internationally recognised registration, demonstrating both competence and commitment.