06 April 2016

University of Bath hosts successful ChemEngDay UK

CEDUK 2016 - Tim Mays and Jonathan Seville (small)
ChemEngDay UK, a chemical engineering conference for the academic community, came to a successful close last week. Hosted by the University of Bath and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), it welcomed over 250 delegates to Bath from across the country.

ChemEngDay UK is held annually to facilitate networking between chemical engineers across UK universities. Attended predominantly by PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and academics together with delegates from industry, it is the only chemical engineering conference in the UK for the academic community.

The conference was opened by University's deputy vice-chancellor, Professor Bernie Morley, who commented on the rising uptake of chemical engineering at degree level, saying “chemical engineering is booming.”

Plenary speakers at the meeting included IChemE Fellow, Professor Hugh Stitt, a consultant chemical engineer at Johnson Matthey; Professor Barry Crittenden, University of Bath; and incoming IChemE president, Professor Jonathan Seville, University of Surrey.

Several prizes were awarded at the event, notably the IChemE Nicklin Medal. The medal is awarded to those with an outstanding early career in chemical engineering research. It was presented to Dr Colin Hare from the University of Surrey at the conference dinner, held at the historic Roman Baths.

A PhD student in the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT), Jemma Rowlandson, also collected first prize for the conference 'Three Minute Thesis' (3MT) competition. Jemma had previously been crowned winner of the University’s 3MT competition and is due to compete at the national semi-finals in July.

Commenting on winning the ChemEngDay 3MT, Jemma said: “All competitors did a brilliant job of presenting their PhD in under three minutes, and it was absolutely fantastic to see the breadth of research being done in chemical engineering.”

Head of the department of chemical engineering at the University of Bath, Dr Tim Mays, who led the conference and gave the closing speech, said: “We were excited and proud to host ChemEngDay UK 2016 at the University. The whole event was buzzing with enthusiasm for chemical engineering research and even the weather was kind for the meeting.

“I am particularly pleased with the close collaboration and partnership amongst the local organisers at Bath and at the IChemE in Rugby which made the event such a success.”

David Brown, IChemE chief executive added: “ChemEngDay UK gives graduate students a chance to present their research, network with their peers and with senior people in academia and industry, and hear from some leading experts. We've a strong UK research base in chemical and biochemical engineering, with some outstanding young researchers: they're an essential driver of progress in our profession, and this event has shown the sheer scale of ambition and talent in our academic community.

The University of Bath have been excellent hosts, providing first-class facilities and a thoroughly interesting programme of activity. We are looking forward to next year’s event.”

Research carried out by the University of Bath’s department of chemical engineering was recently ranked sixth nationally for impact by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, an independent assessment of UK university research activity.

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