One of the four aims in IChemE’s strategy is to be a vibrant learned society that materially impacts on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Grand Challenges for Engineering.

The Learned Society Committee has identified three priority topics for IChemE to focus on:

IChemE aims to be a peer group leader in:

  • supporting responsible production across all areas in which chemical engineers are active – promoting good practices to deliver sustainable and ethical outcomes aligned with climate goals
  • advancing the understanding and application of major hazards management to contribute worldwide for the benefit of society
  • promoting the adoption and advancement of digital tools in processes, for economic and societal benefit.

Responsible Production

As leaders, innovators and practitioners in essential industries including energy, water, food, health, resources, education and research, chemical engineers have a critical role in developing and promoting improved technologies for a just transition to a society which exists sustainably within recognised planetary boundaries.

IChemE will share information and stimulate discussion to equip members to meet these challenges and enable policymakers and decisionmakers to make informed decisions based on sound engineering knowledge.

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Major Hazards Management

IChemE will continue to develop major hazards management knowledge and professional skills and promote the application of lessons learned and good practices to respond to both current and emerging challenges as industry, technology and society evolves.

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IChemE will help members understand how digital tools affect chemical engineering professionals. The profession must adapt to digitalisation and capitalise on the widespread application opportunities in chemical engineering design, operations, process control and management. These tools include data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, process control, automation, visualisation, digital twins and internet of things.

We will build member awareness and understanding of the new tools, develop the next generation of chemical engineers at universities, and support members in lifelong learning for reskilling and upskilling. We will seek to develop member capabilities in the critical enablers for use of these tools including systems thinking, ethical and responsible leadership, and cybersecurity.

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Priority topics overview

For more information on our priority topics, download the overview.

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