Meeting Sneak Peek: AIChE Spring Meeting and 19th Global Congress on Process Safety “Embracing the Future of Chemical Engineering” — Mar. 12–16, Houston, TX | AIChE

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Meeting Sneak Peek: AIChE Spring Meeting and 19th Global Congress on Process Safety “Embracing the Future of Chemical Engineering” — Mar. 12–16, Houston, TX

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An international assembly of chemical engineering practitioners and safety professionals will examine the role of chemical engineers in fulfilling emerging societal and industrial needs when AIChE and its Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) host the 2023 AIChE Spring Meeting and 19th Global Congress on Process Safety (GCPS) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX, Mar. 12–16.

Looking to the future of the profession, the meeting will offer up-to-the-minute insights on new technologies, management practices, tools, and techniques pertinent to chemical engineering’s core competencies and innovative arenas alike. In addition to comprehensive programming presented by AIChE’s Fuels and Petrochemicals Div. and sessions devoted to clean energy and wastewater management, the Spring Meeting will continue its coverage of chemical engineering in manufacturing — incorporating process intensification techniques and approaches related to Industry 4.0. Additional topical conferences include the 35th Ethylene Producers’ Conference, as well as tracks devoted to distillation, refinery processing, gas utilization, hydrogen safety, waste plastics, and more.

Setting the scene for the conference on Monday, Mar. 13, is the AIChE Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award Lecture. Information about the keynote speaker will appear in the February 2023 issue of CEP.

Luncheon speakers include Gayle Schueller, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at 3M (Mar. 14), and Rodney Reed, Assistant Chief of Operational Support for the Harris County (TX) Fire Marshall’s Office (Mar. 15). Other highlights include plenaries, panel discussions, poster sessions, exhibits, and receptions.

Reduced meeting registration rates are in effect through Feb. 6. Details about the Spring Meeting’s featured events, keynote speakers, and special sessions will appear online and in the February issue of CEP.

The latest information about the Spring Meeting and GCPS featured events, keynote speakers, panels, and topical conferences is available at

Spotlight: Global Congress on Process Safety

Now in its nineteenth year, the Global Congress on Process Safety (GCPS) has become the preeminent annual event for safety engineers, plant managers, and process designers from the chemical process industries (CPI) worldwide. At the GCPS, stakeholders survey the needs of the field, assess technologies, and share strategies to avoid incidents, manage risk, ensure plant safety, and improve process safety management (PSM) programs. The Global Congress is organized by AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) and the Safety and Health Div.

The GCPS kicks off on Monday, Mar. 13, with a Welcome Plenary Session, featuring a keynote talk by Chris Tagoe, Senior Vice President of Health, Safety, and Environment at LyondellBasell. Tagoe’s address is entitled “Building a Culture of Process Safety as a Value — By the ‘Power Of Many’.”

Programming at the Global Congress consists of several parallel symposia, beginning with the 57th Annual Loss Prevention Symposium — which highlights lessons learned from incident investigations, as well as consideration of topics such as facility siting, emergency planning and response, risk assessment, explosion prevention, fire protection, safety systems, mitigation technologies, hydrogen safety, and more.

The 38th CCPS International Conference promotes systematic process safety management by identifying emerging process safety challenges and promoting best practices. The program examines the components of effective PSM programs, with sessions covering workforce competencies, safety culture, black swan events, safety systems, cybersecurity, process safety in developing nations, and more.

Perspectives on Process Safety from Around the Globe elaborate on CCPS’s vision for universal process safety excellence, with perspectives from organizations in China, Japan, South Korea, and Latin America. Select sessions will be presented in Spanish and Portuguese.

The 25th Process Plant Safety Symposium focuses on strategies and practices that can contribute to stronger safety cultures within plants and among personnel. Topics on the agenda include the changing face of PSM, hazard identification and analysis, process safety influencers, cybersecurity, layers of protection analyses (LOPA), and much more.

At the 12th Process Safety Management Mentoring Forum, tutorials will be presented by experienced safety professionals, who share their knowledge with early-career practitioners and others who may be new to the fundamentals of process safety.

Attendees at the Spring Meeting and GCPS can also look forward to the returning session “Case Histories and Lessons Learned,” spotlighting real-world incident investigations and providing insights to benefit any chemical engineer or CPI stakeholder.

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