More than 300 chemical engineering experts from 16 countries will meet next week at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) for the Chemeca 2013 conference.

National president of Engineers Australia, Dr Marlene Kanga, says the three-day event is the largest gathering of chemical engineers and allows leading minds to come together and address some of the most pressing issues facing the future of the industry.

“This significant event offers delegates an opportunity to hear from industry luminaries presenting on the great advances and improved products within the chemical engineering space,” she says.

More than 150 presentations will cover a comprehensive range of topics including nanotechnology, food engineering, fuel and energy, minerals and materials, environment, water, sustainability and the economy. Delegates will also recognise recent achievements and advancements in technology and review the future of the industry.

This year’s event will see an impressive line-up of invited speakers including Australia’s chief scientist, professor Ian Chubb AC, and special guest, former NASA astronaut and dean of engineering, Dr Al Sacca Jr, who flew as the payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1995.

The 2013 conference is hosted jointly by Engineers Australia, The Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute and the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ.