Experts to Discuss Chemical Industries’ COVID-19 Response at AIChE’s Virtual Spring Meeting & Global Congress on Process Safety

A cross-disciplinary panel of experts representing industry, medical research, and government will offer perspectives on the response of the chemical process industries (CPI) to the COVID-19 pandemic, during a special session at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) 2020 Virtual Spring Meeting and 16th Global Congress on Process Safety, taking place August 17–21. The panel, entitled “Frontlines of COVID-19: Lead, Learn and Cure,” will convene online, Monday, August 17, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Central Time, and will be accessible to conference registrants.

During the discussion, panelists will describe how effective leadership in the time of COVID-19 has shaped a new corporate culture, and review developments in the search for effective medical treatments and vaccines. The panel will also reflect on the role of the scientific community in managing COVID-19-related risk and transforming safety incident investigation techniques.

Panel offers varied perspectives

The panelists include Cornelius J. Clancy, Infectious Disease Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh; Stephen J. Klejst, Executive Director of Investigations and Recommendations at the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board; and J. David Payne, Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment at Chevron. The session will be moderated by Ana Davis, an AIChE Director and Head of Health, Safety and Environment at Syngenta.

In announcing the event, Shakeel Kadri, Executive Director and CEO of AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), said,“The response of the chemical process industries in dealing with COVID-19 has exemplified the resilience and innovative spirit that characterizes chemical engineers and process safety professionals, as well as the companies that employ them.” He added, “We are pleased to be able to share the insights of these experts with our conference attendees, and to be able to increase the reach of our conference through the new online meeting platform.”

More about the host event

Originally scheduled to take place in March 2020, the AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety conference was rescheduled and moved to an online platform in the wake of the pandemic. The conferences consists of technical presentations and networking sessions covering a spectrum of topics of importance to practicing chemical engineers and safety professionals.

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