The economic crisis affecting Europe has brought back the typically taboo term "reindustrialization" into everyday vocabulary. Reindustrialization is the economic, social, environmental and political process of organizing national resources for the purpose of revitalizing industry and is often achieved through the development of new and innovative activities. That is the way of a neo-industrialization of Europe.
Industrial development is certainly one means for reindustrialization, especially since it will aide in restructuring the economy. Here, R&D sectors have a vital role in providing innovation and technical expertise and knowledge, which are essential for any ambitious industrial revitalization. Further, reindustrialization aims at developing traditional industries via the integration of new technologies and sustainability. For example, resolution of the petroleum crisis will require an entire reorganization of the economy, whereby less and less carbon energy is employed and replaced by sustainable solutions. In this situation, it is obvious that the chemical engineering will play an important role.
As reported by several economists, reindustrialization and development of industries of the future will need to consider three key fields: environment preservation and remediation, energy saving and human health protection, involving adapted education to new industrial challenges. The next ECCE - ECAB edition aims at participating in this large economical project, which concerns all Countries in Europe. Through four key scientific topics and a global theme, scientists and industrialists will present their steps towards a new sustainable process industry.
Martine Poux - General coordinator - Toulouse University - France
Nicolas Roche - Coordinator - Aix-Marseille University - France