8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (WCCE8) - Challenges for a Changing World

    MONTREAL, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Global Warming has been mentioned in 414
articles and has appeared on 15 covers of Time Magazine. Bjorn Lomborg wrote
in the Montreal Gazette (18 August) "Our carbon fixation will cost us".
Everyday you hear about it: global warming, the many threats to the
environment, carbon emissions trading, feeding the poor, crops for food or
fuel, dwindling energy reserves, alternative energy sources, waste management,
sustainability, and more. What are the solutions to Global Warming and these
other challenges?
    Chemical Engineers see these challenges in our changing world at the top
of their list of priorities as they seek to innovate, and develop new products
and processes that are green.
    "Challenges for a Changing World" is the theme of the World Congress of
Chemical Engineering, being held in Montreal this week from August 23-27 at
the Palais des congrès. The event is held every 4 years - it has been held
only once before in Canada, again in Montreal in 1981. The conference is the
result of collaboration in a city that has not one but two world-class
Chemical Engineering Departments - at Ecole Polytechnique and McGill
University - and with the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE).
    Plenary and Keynote lectures will be delivered by renowned Chemical
Engineers from around the world, invited for their distinctive vision of the
future. For example Greg Lewin, President of Shell Global Solutions
International, will be presenting on "The Energy Challenge for a Changing
World". Gerhard Kreysa, Chief Executive of DECHEMA (the German Society of
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology), will speak on "Climate Engineering -
A New Challenge for Chemical Engineers". The major themes of the conference
address many of the main issues of today: Energy, Green Processing and
Intensification, New Materials and Processes, and Biotechnology.
    The Conference Chair, Professor Philippe Tanguy from Ecole Polytechnique
de Montréal, and the Vice-Chair, Professor Richard Munz from McGill
University, have collaborated with an international panel of engineers to
develop the conference program. "Clean technologies and energy efficiency are
at the forefront of Chemical Engineering research, and this conference should
highlight many of the latest developments related to these challenging
issues", says Tanguy.

    For further information about this unique event, please visit
http://www.wcce8.org/index.html. For specific requests and up-to-date
information regarding the conference, contact Lucie Frigon by email at
lfrigon@cheminst.ca or by telephone at 819-329-4036.

    About Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal

    Founded in 1873, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal is one of Canada's
leading engineering institutions in terms of both teaching and research. It is
the largest engineering school in Québec as regards its student body and the
scope of its research activities. Ecole Polytechnique provides instruction in
12 engineering specialties and is responsible for more than one-quarter of
Québec's university research in engineering. The school has 230 professors and
close to 6,000 students. It has an annual operating budget of $85 million, in
addition to a $68-million research and infrastructure fund that includes $38
million worth of grants and contracts.

    About McGill University

    McGill University, founded in Montreal, Que., in 1821, is Canada's
leading post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 11 faculties, 10
professional schools, 300 programs of study and more than 34,000 students.
McGill attracts students from more than 160 countries around the world. Almost
half of McGill students claim a first language other than English - including
6,000 francophones - with more than 6,400 international students making up
almost 20 per cent of the student body.

    About the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering

    The (Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering CSChE) is the national,
not-for-profit technical association that unites chemical engineering
professionals from industry, academia, and government. It is one of the three
constituent societies of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), along with
the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) and the Canadian Society for Chemical
Technology (CSCT). The CSChE's mission is to bring together the diverse
chemical engineering community to exchange knowledge, and to enable its
members to provide responsible technical leadership to benefit society. It is
governed and funded by its membership.

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For further information: Lucie Frigon, (819) 329-4036,

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