Biochemical Engineering Special Interest Group
biological engineering professionals

Biochemical Engineering Special Interest Group

Careers and education


The Biochemical Engineering Special Interest Group maintains contact with universities through its annual Young Researchers Conference held every January and via its Student Representatives - typically PhD students - who serve for about two years. Volunteers are always welcome. We also have representatives from the principal UK universities on the BESIG committee.

Student Bursaries

Students are supported by the award of bursaries that assist students to attend relevant scientific conferences.

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To those of you who have never applied for a bursary before, a bursary is a gift from the BESIG; you don't have to pay it back and no other grants will be reduced if you receive one. Here are a few ground rules on how to apply, and the requirements.

  1. A supervisor's report must be included with your application by separate email, confirming your suitability to attend the conference and your status as an unsalaried member of your department/university. You must be a member of the BESIG (the longer the better).
  2. Bursaries are awarded competitively to cover part of the cost of registration, travel and accommodation only. The decision of the BESIG is final.
  3. Bursaries are awarded up to a maximum value of £100 (meetings in your country of origin), £250 (meetings in your continent of origin) or £500 (meetings outside your country of origin).
  4. Applications are reviewed during January, March, May, July, September and November and at no other time. Applications must be received before the conference starts to be reviewed at these times. Enough time must be allowed by the applicant to meet these review dates.
  5. Payment can only be authorised after the event and will only be made against receipts for the items listed above.
  6. A conference report shall be submitted by the participant with the claim for expenses. The report should be 500-1000 words long and cover the key papers presented at the conference, the relevance of the conference to the participant's own work and any other points of interest. The report may be published in the BESIG Newsletter.
  7. Successful applicants are required to include the BESIG logo on their poster or presentation in acknowledgement of the BESIG's support.
  8. Applications may be made by filling in and sending the form to Dr Vaughan Thomas, email:, Tel: 07960 308 500, Mailing Address: Tythebarn, East Shalford Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8AS.
  9. IChemE is a registered charity.


Professional development

Assistance is available to those members seeking corporate membership of IChemE. BESIG can provide a mentor who will give advice and assistance. Contact any of the contact names for further information.

BESIG organises conferences designed to advance the professional development of its members.

My IChemE

IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).