This event calendar features not only courses and workshops from Harmsen Consultancy but also events and symposiums in the fields of Sustainability, (Chemical) Process Technology and Engineering. If you want to add an event to this calendar, please send an email!

2020 AIChE Virtual Spring Meeting and 16th Global Congress on Process Safety @ online
Aug 17 – Aug 21 all-day

During these unprecedented times, AIChE’s first concern is for the health and safety of our members, volunteers, and staff. AIChE® has therefore made the decision to deliver its 2020 AIChE Spring Meeting and 16th Global Congress on Process Safety virtually. The meeting — which had been rescheduled to August 16–20 in Houston, TX — will now be available online from Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21.

More information and registration:

ESCAPE 30, 30th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering @ Milan
Aug 30 – Sep 2 all-day

ESCAPE 30, 30th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, 24 – 27 May 2020, Milan, Italy

This symposium covers the latest developments in process design and modelling methods and is attended by around 200 people from academia and industry.

IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition @ Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct 18 – Oct 23 all-day

IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark, 18 – 23 October 2020.

Water processing is becoming more and more important in view of contributing to sustainable development goals. Water processing is about large scale processing at very low cost. This means that new technologies such a variable speed pumps replacing standard pumps and valves have been introduced in this field far earlier than in other process industry branches. So attending this congress to find cross-sectoral technologies should also be considered if you are outside this process branch.

Advanced Course Industrial Process and Unit Operations Scale-up
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day

Advanced Course Industrial Process and Unit Operations Scale-up is a 2-day Advanced Course from Harmsen Consultancy BV. It takes place on the 3rd and 4th of November 2020 in Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands.

Course program:

The programs on these course days complement each other.

Why you should take this course

Fifty percent of all commercial scale process implementations fail, meaning that the commercial scale process does not meet the design goals even after a long start-up period (source Independent Process Analysis from 12 000 industrial projects). These failures can be prevented by following established scale-up methods as provided by the book: Industrial Process Scale-up,  by Jan Harmsen. The course is provided by him and is based on this book.

Course goals

To provide knowledge and practical experience to industrial process scale-up methods to reduce scale-up risks so that the commercial scale implementations are successful and to provide teachers a comprehensive theory of scale-up methods.

Learning goals

  1. To identify critical aspects of process and unit operations scale-up;
  2. Choose the best process and unit operations scale-up method  for a given case;
  3. Make an innovation plan for a given case.

Intended course participants

The attendees are typically industrial practitioners and academic teachers in process research, development and design.. They are active: in process industries such chemicals, food, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals paper & pulp, steel, oil refining, biomass processing, inside  technology providers, such as process equipment, and pilot plant companies, in contract research institutes, engineering firms, or in higher education institutes such as universities and polytechnics. The participants have a minimum education level BSc or equivalent. If uncertain about your qualification, please contact the course lecturer.

Experience of  ir G.J. Harmsen on process innovation in scale-up

The course is based on industrial experience of Jan Harmsen in all stages of process innovation, i.e., research, development, design, and start-up of commercial scale processes at Shell, 1977-2010 and on providing advice and courses on sustainable process innovation and scale-up for 9 years to industry since 2010 till present.

Practical details

Date:  Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 November 2020

Location: Barbizon Hotel, Barbizonlaan 2, 2908 MA Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands.
1 hour drive from Schiphol. Near railway station Rotterdam Alexander, next to A20.

Certificate: A personal and signed course certificate will be provided after participation of each course day.

Course entrance: Via the web shop or via email, see contact details.

Fee for the 2-day course: 1800 Euro per participant, exclusive of VAT (btw).

The fee covers all cost: the course, the course book, lunch and refreshments.

Payment can be done via the webshop of or by bank transfer.

industrial process scale-up jan harmsen second edition

Course Book: Jan Harmsen, Industrial Process Scale-up, revised 2ndedition. Elsevier, (2019).


For more information on or registry for this course, contact Jan Harmsen, course conductor:, tel +31 (0)180 396730.

2020 AIChE Fall Meeting
Nov 15 – Nov 20 all-day

2020 AIChE Fall Meeting, November 15-20, 2020, San Francisco, CA, USA

The fall meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers always attracts thousands and thousands of participants and presenters from all over the world both from academia and industry. All process unit operations will be covered as well as break-through new process intensified technologies. I will probably participate.

CHISA, 24th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering (postponed) @ Prague, Czech Republic
Jan 1 – Jan 4 all-day

CHISA, 24th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering,  Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic.

This congress covers all aspects of chemical processing. It also has topics on educating sustainable chemical engineering. The participants are from mainly from academia, but also from industry. There is always a relatively large number of people from Eastern Europe, the middle-East and East-Asia; hence an extra opportunity to increase your network.
I will attend this meeting.