IChemE Honors “Positive Impact” U.K. Research Projects

Dec. 16, 2016
Ten U.K. chemical engineering university departments are selected by IChemE for research that has had a positive impact on the modern world.

Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Professor Dame Julia King and IChemE’s U.K. Research Committee Chair, Professor Raffaella Ocone

Ten U.K. chemical engineering university departments were selected by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for research that has had a positive impact on the modern world. Their projects were showcased at an event hosted by the Baroness Brown of Cambridge, and IChemE’s UK Research Committee, held in the Houses of Parliament, U.K. Chemical Engineering Matters for a Modern World welcomed over 100  invited guests from the academic and engineering community, as well as policy-makers, opinion-formers and members of Parliament.

“The breadth of engineering work undertaken in the U.K. always amazes me. Engineers work across all sectors and disciplines, from finding energy solutions for climate change to producing lifesaving medicines,” says Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Professor Dame Julia King. “It is crucial that the engineering community communicates this effectively with Parliament to ensure engineering expertise and knowledge is used to make evidence based policy decisions. Research and its impact is a vital driver of the U.K. economy and engineering is essential to the success of the U.K. economy.”

King was previously Vice-Chancellor at Aston University, Birmingham, U.K., has held a number of senior positions at Rolls-Royce, and was Principal of Engineering at Imperial College London.

Research projects from chemical and biochemical engineering departments at University of Birmingham, University College London, Heriot-Watt, Queen’s University Belfast, Imperial College London, University of Manchester, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, University of Surrey, and University of Strathclyde, were all chosen based on how impactful their work was in the “real world,” according to IChemE.  This was based on a definition from the Research Excellency Framework (REF) 2014, which describes “impact” as having a positive effect on areas beyond academia.

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