Excellent opportunity to put the UK on the international map and to showcase innovation in the cold chain, and in sustainable refrigeration technology, says Robert Heap, chairman of the conference planning group
The Institute of Refrigeration announced earlier this week that the UK will host the first International Institute of Refrigeration sponsored International Conference on the Cold Chain, and a parallel Refrigeration and Sustainability Conference in March 2010 in Cambridge.
The prestigious conferences will be held at Selwyn College, Cambridge on 29, 30 and 31st March 2010.
Both aim to attract an international audience of researchers and industrialists to the UK, and provide an opportunity to showcase leading developments around the two themes of the conferences: the cold chain and sustainability
The conference programmes will feature two themes:
1. The Cold Chain will bring together those with an interest in the cold chain, covering food, pharmaceuticals and other applications to explore the latest developments and key trends in technology. The Conference will be supported by relevant IIR commissions who lead developments internationally.
2. Refrigeration & Sustainability will focus on environmental issues and innovation. The event will be hosted in association with SIRAC the Sustainability in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning network which was set up in the UK in 2008 to drive the research agenda on sustainability for our sector.
“This is an excellent opportunity to put the UK more firmly on the international map and to get a full picture of the work that is taking place on these two distinct yet interrelated themes,” said Robert Heap, Chairman of the Conference Planning Group.
The IOR is expecting to attract up to 150 delegates to the event and more than 60 paper authors.
A formal call for authors of papers was issued this month. The organisers would particularly welcome applications for papers to be presented which showcase UK innovation in the cold chain, and practical case studies of how sustainable refrigeration technology is being introduced.
Short abstracts should be submitted to the Institute by 15th September for consideration.
The last time the UK hosted a large scale international event of this nature was the highly successful IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids conference held in Glasgow in 2004, which attracted more than 300 delegates.
The final programme will include two parallel streams of papers and three keynote addresses. It will also feature a series of short courses on related themes such as: temperature control methods, mathematical modelling, energy and the cold chain, energy and sustainability in manufacturing and a review of alternative technologies.
In addition there will be pre-registration on the evening of 29th March, a conference dinner and a choice of technical site visits relating to both themes. Delegates will receive a CD-rom of the full conference proceedings and all papers.
Delegate fees for the full two day programme include a half day’s pre-registration event starting at £400 inclusive of two nights accommodation.
The organising team for the conference is being led by IOR Past President and Honorary President of the Science and Technology Council of the IIR, Mr Robert Heap MBE. Other members are Andy Pearson of Star Refrigeration (president-elect of the IOR), Judith Evans of FRPERC and Graeme Maidment of London South Bank University.
The Institute is offering sponsorship packages for companies who wish to raise their profile in this sector and take advantage of the international exposure this event will attract. Packages range from £1,000 for sponsorship of the CD-rom Proceedings to £5,000 for headline sponsorship of the events.
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