AIChE Announces First Virtual Annual Meeting, Nov. 16–20 | AIChE

AIChE Announces First Virtual Annual Meeting, Nov. 16–20

August 12, 2020

In the wake of the current pandemic, AIChE’s first concern is for the health and safety of our members, volunteers and staff. AIChE® has therefore made the decision to hold its 2020 Annual Meeting virtually. The meeting — which originally had been scheduled to take place in San Francisco, CA, November 15–20, will now be held virtually from Monday, November 16 through Friday, November 20. The Annual Student Conference, held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting, will take place online November 13–16.  

This virtual experience, developed by our programming team — including meeting chairs, session organizers, presenters and exhibitors — will ensure that the new format provides you with the valuable experience you expect. As you know, AIChE’s Annual Meeting is the premier forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth, as experts cover a wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies and emerging growth areas. We are excited to bring AIChE’s 2020 Annual Meeting to a larger global audience as a virtual event.

The Annual Meeting program will continue to provide virtual meeting attendees with compelling technical sessions, inspiring lectures, and valuable opportunities to network with speakers, exhibitors, and chemical engineering colleagues. Alternating program blocks, consisting of technical sessions and networking events will enable attendees to interact with presenters during Q&As, participate in workshops, attend panel discussions and committee meetings and engage with colleagues in the community.  

Among the many benefits of the virtual platform, attendees will enjoy the flexibility of being able to revisit recordings of the technical sessions up to one month after the meeting. Full meeting registration will include permanent access to recordings of all available presentations as part of the conference proceedings. Ancillary events, university receptions, and all networking will be set up by AIChE using best practices for platforms and networking. Each event will proceed as listed with modifications for the virtual platform (e.g., dinners will become networking events that will include several options). Staff will contact the responsible person for each ancillary event (as listed in Confex) to make individualized arrangements with your group, beginning the week of September 1. 

AIChE has adjusted our registration fees to reflect this new virtual format and the cancellation policy has been adjusted to provide flexibility.  Please see the FAQs at for more information and watch your email for updates.  

Join us in November for our 2020 Annual Meeting. AIChE looks forward to providing you with a unique, virtual experience that will enhance your career development and professional growth and to sharing quality time and great programming.