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Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Welcome to the 33rd European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE-33) that takes place in Athens from Sunday, June 18th to Wednesday, June 21st, 2023. The ESCAPE-33 event is organized under the auspices of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE Event No. 776), the CAPE Working Party (CAPE-WP), the Technical Chamber of Greece, the Pan Hellenic Association of Chemical Engineers, and the National Technical University of Athens.
ESCAPE-33 addresses emerging and significant challenges in Process Systems Engineering as our field is a driver to rebuild industry with a systemic and holistic approach. Contributions relate to the sustainable development of chemical processes, the development and the systematic evaluation of processing technologies and process innovations, and research promoting circular economy paradigms including social aspects and social engagement networks to incentivize and involve citizens. The conference recognizes the exceptional importance of industrial biotechnology as a driver and enabler for new chemistries, alongside Artificial Intelligence and data engineering as a technological challenge with an apparent impact on many systems technologies. Overall, ESCAPE 33 covers up-to-date topics in Process Systems Engineering and has attracted a significant and diversified number of people from academia, research institutions, and industrial organizations worldwide. Conference themes include modelling and optimization for multi-scale integration; control, scheduling, and operability at the process and enterprise-level; safe and sustainable products by design; green and sustainable processes for the circular economy; systems methods in industrial biotechnology and biomedical applications; multi-scale energy systems engineering (organized by the EFCE energy section); sustainable supply chains and ecosystems; and education and knowledge transfer.
The conference has attracted over 800 abstracts. The review process involved reviews of abstracts, reviews of manuscripts and, thanks to generous and persistent assistance from as many as 185 reviewers, converged to a final selection of 620 oral and poster presentations from 57 countries (possibly the largest cohort of presenters at an ESCAPE series conference). The scientific program is rounded up by 6 plenary speakers, 19 invited speakers, as well as 4 hands-on workshops that are freely available to all conference attendants. These workshops address process simulation, AI methods and applications, advanced optimization tools and machine learning, as well as the development of new courses and curricular. The conference further hosts a professional career event (jointly with IChemE) and a networking event with a purpose to connect PSE with the SusChem community in Europe (jointly organized with the Sustainable and Safe by Design community coordinated by IRISS).
The conference honors the late Professor Chris Floudas with a special session that attributes credit to his legacy, contributions, and the unremitting impact of his work on the community. ESCAPE holds a separate session in the memory of late Prof Jiri Klemes, a former CAPE WP Chair and a commanding figure in process and energy integration. Further to that, the conference recollects and honors our early pioneers in process simulation with a special event (Chess on CHESS) to credit the contribution of late Prof Rudy Motard and the CHESS simulator in process flowsheeting. As a highlight of the conference, ESCAPE ’33 is proud to announce the George Stephanopoulos Award in Process Systems Engineering, a new and generous award that is co-sponsored by the National Technical University of Athens, the EFCE-CAPE Working Party, and the AIChE-CAST Division. The award, expected to start from next year, will select winners between European and North American nominees in alternate years. The award will be announced by the President of EFCE at the Welcome Reception on Sunday 18th June.
ESCAPE ‘33 is coordinated with guided visits to major archeological sites and museums, cultural events in Athens, including options to attend theatrical performances, and guided tours of the monuments that marked the contemporary face of Old Athens.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you in Athens and we wish you an exciting and enjoyable time at this historical and beautiful city.
   Antonis Kokossis
Professor, National Technical University of Athens
School of Chemical Engineering, Greece
Michael C. Georgiadis,
Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
School of Engineering, Greece
Stratos Pistikopoulos
Professor, Texas A&M Energy Institute School of Chemical Engineering Director, USA

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