The Annual Session of the Institute, popularly known as the Indian Chemical Engineering Congress (CHEMCON), is the most important event in the calendar of the IIChE. Held every December at one of its centres, the four-day CHEMCON features a host of events, which include memorial lectures, plenary lectures, seminars, symposia, panel discussion, exhibitions, etc. To the Indian chemical engineering fraternity in the country and abroad, CHEMCON offers the most attractive platform, ensuring four days of intensive interface with the best of brains – national and international – in chemical engineering and allied fields.
Three memorial lectures, namely Dr H L Roy Memorial Lecture (the Founder President), Prof N R Kamath Memorial Lecture (a distinguished professor associated with the University Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, and IIT, Mumbai), and C K Murthy Memorial Lecture (an accomplished chemical engineer who passed away prematurely) set the tune of every CHEMCON. These lectures are delivered by the who's who of academia, elite research establishments and the corporate world in the national and international circuit and they are a veritable treasure trove of knowledge. CHEMCONs are often held in collaboration with premier chemical engineering bodies of the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, etc, who send large delegations, hold joint symposia/seminars and take part in meaningful dialogue.
Lectures by CHEMCON Distinguished Speakers and international symposia are the other prestige events, where one gets access and exposure to the latest happenings in the ever-expanding domain of chemical engineering.
Chemcon-2010 was organised last year by Annamalai-Neyveli Regional Centre during 27 to 29 December 2010 at Department of Chemical Engineering, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Tamil Nadu, with the theme 'Emergence of Biotechnology in Process Industry - A Sustainable Growth & Clean World'. Chemcon-2011 will be organized by Bangalore Regional Centre during 27-29 December 2011 at Department of Chemical Engineering, M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore 560 054, on the theme 'Chemical Engineering in Synergistic Growth'.
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