IChemE Global Awards

About the 2018 Awards

The IChemE Global Awards dinner 2018, in association with Johnson Matthey welcomed guests from 15 countries to recognise and celebrate excellence in chemical engineering.

The event was hosted by stand-up comedian and co-host of the Frank Skinner Show on Absolute Radio, Alun Cochrane.

Converting Waste to BioSNG, the innovation by Advanced Plasma Power, University College London, Cadent Gas and Progressive Energy, all based in the UK, uses a unique gasification and catalytic process to turn household waste into Bio Synthetic Natural Gas (BioSNG); a low-carbon, renewable gas. The team have launched the world's first commercial demonstration plant to produce the gas; used to heat homes across the UK and power heavy-duty vehicles and buses. 

The joint entry triumphed earlier in the night, winning the Energy Award and Sustainability Award. It went on to be crowned the overall winner and was presented with IChemE’s coveted Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by ExxonMobil.

Read the full press release announcing the winners >>

You can view the 2018 image gallery via Flickr >>

Check out the 2018 review >>

About the 2019 Awards


Call for entries will open in March 2019 and further details will be published here in February 2019, so watch this space.


Our IChemE Global Awards 2019 sponsorship guide will be published in December 2018. Download the 2018 guide or contact us at awards@icheme.org.

Why enter

If you’ve attended to the IChemE Awards you’ll know they are great occasion and an excellent way to celebrate excellence and achievement in the chemical, biochemical and process industries.

If you’re new to the Awards, here are reasons why you should think about applying, attending or even sponsoring this year’s events.

Spoilt for choice

There’s something for all fields of chemical engineering including the education sector and industries such as food, water, energy, oil and gas. New categories this year cover Pharma and Diversity and Inclusion.

There are also dedicated categories for chemical engineers just starting out in their careers, as well as senior figures in the chemical and process industries. The choice is yours.

Free and easy application

Time is precious, so we’ve made entry as easy as possible. A few contact details and a maximum of 1,850 words (you can write less if you want!) is all you need to provide in our simple application form.

Remember, entering the IChemE Awards is free and you don’t need to be a member. Don't forget to look at our FAQs and Entry tips on how to submit a great entry.

Great sponsors

Successful events always attract excellent sponsors.

Here's just some of the names who supported previous IChemE's Award ceremonies:

Shell, GSK, ABB, AstraZeneca, Rolls-Royce, Morgan Sindall Professional Services, NES Global Talent, Bouygues Energies and Services, PM Group, Costain, Reliance Industries, Simon Carves Engineering, Sellafield Ltd, ExxonMobil, Jacobs, BCECA, Otton Simon, BPE Process Design Engineering, Aramco, BP, Johnson Matthey, Wood.

If you would like to sponsor or support the IChemE Awards 2018, please contact us.

Judged by the profession

Ever wondered who judges the Awards? The answer is senior figures in the chemical and process industries and Members of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Up to 30 judges scrutinise the entries each year, overseen by our Global Awards Head Judge, Keith Batchelor.

If you are a finalist or win an IChemE award you’ll know your achievements have been recognised by your peers and senior figures in the profession – what could be better?

Your success is our business

IChemE likes nothing better than to promote good news, especially if it involves chemical engineering and chemical engineers.

The IChemE Awards are our biggest series of events and we use our teams of journalists, marketers and PR professionals to make sure that all IChemE Members, and the wider chemical and process industries, have the opportunity to read about and watch video of your success and achievements.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

We all know how important the chemical and process industries are to maintaining and improving quality of life, but reputations should never be taken for granted.

The IChemE Awards are one of the best independent ways to enhance your reputation and demonstrate publicly your efforts to improve safety, efficiency and many other aspects of chemical and process engineering.

Not convinced? Just ask your employees, shareholders, stakeholders, customers and communities why CSR matters.

A badge of quality and excellence

Not everyone gets the opportunity to use the logo of a leading global professional body to endorse their organisation. But all finalists, highly commended and winning entries at the IChemE Awards are granted permission to use the official IChemE Awards logo.

It's a tangible badge of quality and yours to keep and use on stationery, online and all your promotional material – forever.

Reward your chemical engineers

Chemical and process engineers are one of the most valued and well-paid professions in the world. And why not – they have the capacity to innovate, save money, maintain safety and optimise your business performance.

Rewarding them with the opportunity to attend the IChemE Awards is another great opportunity to support their continuous professional development and job satisfaction.

Truly global

IChemE is headquartered in the UK, but we have offices all over the world and members in around 100 countries. Since 1994, many different nations have triumphed making the IChemE Awards a truly global event with international recognition.

A night to remember

VIP treatment, great food and drink, entertainment, celebrities, tension and drama, win or lose, everyone who attends the IChemE Awards is guaranteed to leave with some excellent memories – some of you may even have a precious IChemE Award trophy to share with your colleagues!

Hospitality and networking

Relationships are important and there aren't too many opportunities to share quality time with your business partners, customers and colleagues. That’s why the IChemE Awards are one of the best opportunities to host your own table of invited guests, as well as catch up with other leading and emerging figures in the chemical and process industries attending the event.

If you’d like any more details about the IChemE Awards, please contact us.