IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers)

More innovation and less regulation?

Key players from industry and government will ask if the world needs more innovation and less regulation at the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) biggest event of the year, ChemEng 08.

Judith Hackitt, Chair of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive; Nigel Hirst, Managing Director of Haden Freeman Ltd; Ian Shott, President and CEO of Excelsyn Ltd; and Peter Davidson, innovation advisor to the UK’s Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform and Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills will all participate in the debate, hosted by IChemE’s Graham Lawson.

Dr David Brown, Chief Executive of the Institution of Chemical Engineers says that he’s eagerly anticipating the session “We’re going to have such a diverse range of backgrounds and viewpoints on show it promises to be a lively affair. No-one would argue against the fact that it’s important to provide a framework that stimulates economic growth and development. However where the innovation/regulation balance sits is a matter of some contention. “

The Global Forum debate will be one of the highlights of ChemEng 08 – a three-day event taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK on 28-30 October.

Other key speakers at the event include Al Sacco, NASA Astronaut;  David Smith, The UK’s Sunday Times Economics Editor; Durga Prasanna Misra, Director General of the Indian Chemicals Council; Joanna Woolf, CEO of Cogent Sector Skills Council; and Professor Richard Darton, President of IChemE and Head of Engineering Science at Cambridge University, UK.

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