Symposium C.T.S.G. Alembic
Fundamentals of the Future


All participants will attend 2 workshops during the symposium. In total 5 workshops are offered, which are listed below. Participants can submit their preference at subscription.


Explore the Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

The Outlook for Energy is ExxonMobil’s global view of energy demand and supply through 2040. We use the data and findings to help guide our long-term investments. It also highlights the dual challenge of ensuring the world has access to affordable and reliable energy supplies while reducing emissions to address the risk of climate change. We share the Outlook with the public to help promote a better understanding of the issues shaping the world’s energy needs.

Each year, ExxonMobil analyzes and updates its long-term view on energy supply and demand. This is where you come in to help us. We would like you to present us with an alternative Outlook for Energy, answering question like “How will people and cargo be transported in 2040” and “What will be ExxonMobil’s role in this transport”. Of course these two questions are only examples; we rely on your creativity and skills to determine the scope of your Outlook.

Take all your knowledge on ExxonMobil’s business, modern-day society’s energy trends and state of the art research; mix it with your own well-funded vision for the future world; maybe even add a little bit of wishful thinking and come up with a 2 minute pitch to present your alternative Outlook for Energy.


Energy Efficient Evaporation

Evaporation of water is a key process step in the production of dairy powder. In this workshop you will get acquainted with two different evaporation technologies and calculate their energy consumption. Next, you can estimate the total energy savings of an integral replacement plan and give input to a discussion about the broader perspective.


Chemical Engineer, Homo Universalis

In this workshop we will identify the potential role and significance of the modern Chemical Engineer in solving the Global Grand Challenges. The final outcome is a short presentation on why dedicated and smart Chemical Engineers are indispensable prerequisites for a prosperous and healthy future society.

Solving the Global Grand Challenges requires visionaries and experts from a multitude of disciplines. Within this context, the modern chemical Engineer may be the protagonist. Chemical Engineers are able to understand physical and chemical phenomena at the molecular to cellular length-scale, and can use these insights to accurately describe and solve complex problems at the human to planet length-scale. Chemical Engineers are inherently multidisciplinary, are able to effectively communicate with others, and can form and lead teams of specialists from a broad range of fields. In this workshop we will discuss how these distinct competences can be put to use to  create a better world.

The company chemical engineer

The job of a chemical engineer will change in the coming decades. Future problems need to be solved and a change of tasks is inevitable. In this workshop you will engage in groups to discuss on what the chemical engineer could mean in a company. It focusses especially on the connection between finishing on the university and engaging in the company life. What will be expected of you? What knowledge can you directly apply when you start working? What do you have to learn in addition to fulfill your task as a chemical engineer? These questions will be answered and discussed during the workshop.


“Request for quotation”

NotEZ B.V. is looking to buy a hydrotreating pilot plant. Are you the supplier who is going to sell them the unit?

In the workshop your group will be given the role as a pilot plant manufacturer. In the short period of time you will need to convert the, somewhat incomplete, idea from the client into a quote for a pilot plant. To do so, you will need to design and budget a small pilot plant, and prepare a short pitch why your company should get the project.

Engineers of Zeton will take the role as the client, NotEZ B.V., as well as possible supplier where you can “buy” the required parts for your foreseen pilot plant. The workshop tries to combine process engineering with a realistic business case, where there is a strong tradeoff between simple/cheap and complex/expensive.