A special highlight at this year’s 8th European Congress of Chemical Engineering and 1st Congress of Applied Biotechnology will be the Danckwerts Session on Tuesday, September 27th. It consists of the Danckwerts Lecture, an annual award lecture sponsored by EFCE, AIChE and Elsevier, that is given by outstanding bioengineering professor Frances H. Arnold, California Institute of Technology. An additional lecture is provided by Professor Jinghai Li of the CAS Institute of Process Engineering in Beijing.
While Professor Arnold will discuss „Design by evolution: engineering biology in the 21st century“, Professor Li focusses on „Real-time simulation of chemical processes: Dream or reality?“. Both speakers shed light on one of the most important aspects of ECCE/ECAB: interdisciplinary cooperation. This requires more than just having different people with different backgrounds in the same room at the same time. A necessary prerequisite is also an openess towards other disciplines, a willingness to adopt a different way of thinking. Especially in the field of „bioengineering“, the synthesis between a deep understanding of biological systems and the ability to transfer an „engineeric“ approach to them is crucial to success. Thus, this year’s Danckwerts session is certainly exemplary with regard to interdisciplinarity.