About Special Interest Groups

IChemE members are entitled to join one or more special interest groups free of charge as part of their membership package.

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Benefits of special interest group membership

  • engage in a technical network supporting your professional development
  • expand your knowledge
  • learn about developments in your field of interest
  • keep up to date with current best practice
  • be eligible for special rates to attend group events
  • establish new professional contacts
  • gain access to member-only resources online
  • enhance the value of your IChemE membership

Special interest group activities

  • events in a wide variety of formats – one-hour online presentations; site visits; lectures; seminars; international conferences
  • information exchange via websites, email, newsletters
  • responses to consultations
  • technical reports and guidance
  • awards to acknowledge excellence in design and research
  • support for students
  • representation of IChemE’s interests within the science and engineering community
  • promotion of the discipline of chemical engineering 
  • participation in stakeholder and public awareness activities
  • collaboration with other IChemE groups and professional organisations


Get involved with special interest groups. There are lots of ways to contribute. If you'd like to volunteer to help, then please get in touch with the leaders of the relevant special interest group via its website, or contact special interest groups

Become a member of a special interest group 

All special interest groups welcome new members – whatever your qualifications, experience, industry or country. IChemE members are entitled to join one special interest group free of charge.

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Attend an event

Increase your knowledge, and use the opportunity to network and establish new contacts. 

Join the leaders

Each special interest group has an organising committee of member volunteers responsible for planning and delivering activities, supported by IChemE staff.

Special interest groups depend on the energy and enthusiasm of these member volunteers. Playing an active role in a special interest group provides chemical engineers at the start of their careers with varied opportunities to develop personal skills, while gaining from interaction with fellow professionals. For more senior members, it's a way of sharing your knowledge and experience, and making a positive contribution to your professional body.

Give a talk – in person or online

Special interest group events need speakers! If you’d like to volunteer to give a presentation – either at a physical seminar or via an online webinar - then please get in touch, providing some details about yourself and your proposed talk.

Sponsor an event

A great opportunity for your company to raise its profile, and demonstrate support for IChemE.

Write an article

Special interest group newsletters feature technical articles, event reports and previews, book reviews, news from academia and industry...

Become a webmaster

Help to develop online resources for special interest group members worldwide. 

For more on opportunities for getting involved in IChemE's work, visit our volunteering page >>

Contact us

If you’d like to get in touch with the leaders of a particular special interest group, visit its website for contact details.

If you have a membership or general query, contact special interest groups


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