ACHEMA Lecture Programme

The congress programme covered the complete spectrum of chemical and process engineering as well as biotechnology themes. The topics ranged from reaction technology, energy supply, analytics, process design and safety through to biotechnology. The lectures provided insights into current research activities and new scientific results.

The ACHEMA PRAXISforums were in focus on industrial applications, trends, new products and services in chemical engineering, biotechnology and the process industry. Market- and practice-oriented topics were presented in a concise format by experts associated with our exhibitor groups. The ACHEMA PRAXISforums were held in the immediate vicinity of the respective exhibition group.

The presentation language in the congress program, as well as the PRAXISforums, was English. Below you will find an outline of the main topics of the ACHEMA congress and the contents of the respective PRAXISforums

The complete lecture programme is available in our Congressplaner.

Main topics were:



Modern industrial biotechnology is expanding the options for the production of chemicals, polymers, and novel products with superior profiles. Process development is the key to this transition.

PRAXISforum: Bioprocessing: Speed, flexibility, disposables

Newly developed reaction systems (e. g. single-use technologies), continuous processes, modularisation, process and strain development, advanced process analytics and data-mining tools allow speeding up the optimisation of bioprocesses. Join this PRAXISforum and be informed about new technologies and products in the world of biotechnology.

  • Novel bioprocess technologies
  • Process control and optimization

Chemical and Pharma Logistics

PRAXISforum: Chemical and Pharmaceutical Logistics

From service provider to system partner with higher-level solutions - the digitization of the logistics chain opens new doors in supply chain management and distribution: Nowadays logistics have to meet certain requirements in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The flow of goods and information must be further optimized and adapted to the needs of the customers. The monitoring and quality assurance of the goods during transport and production are becoming increasingly important. In particular, the advancing automation and digitization play a decisive role in the development of innovative logistics solutions.


The transformation of our current, fossil-based energy system towards a sustainable and secure energy system is central to a stable continuous development of industry and society. The future energy supply and the adaptation of our energy system to future challenges integrate aspects of energy, environmental and climate policies.


Chemical engineering today encompasses the realisation of chemical processes starting with intelligent process design based on advanced process synthesis and engineering tools to the rational selection of process equipment providing the best performance of the process. The use of structured equipment, advanced process control and an integrated view on reaction and separation steps provide a holistic view on the process performance to achieve maximum energy and resource efficiency.

Reaction Technology is the basic technology which defines the process industries. New technologies influence equipment and plant design as well as material and product sustainability requirements.

PRAXISforum: Advanced reactor design
The reactor is the core of every chemical process; modern processes, such as continuous manufacturing or flexible production, require sophisticated reactor concepts that combine intensified reaction conditions with improved safety precautions and precise reaction monitoring/control. Don’t miss out and get to know the latest trends in reactor design.

Flexible Production

Innovation and digitalization are speeding up steadily, and product life cycles get shorter and shorter with increasing product diversity. These trends clearly reduce the span in the life cycle of processes in chemical industry. Novel plant concepts are needed for rapid and intelligent adaption to new conditions, like changed quantities, variable feedstocks or flexible product adaptation.

PRAXISforum: Future Production
Two major production concepts of the chemical industry entail continuous-flow and modularized production, which follow the increasing trend to customized speciality and fine chemicals and increasing product varieties. These concepts and the trend towards further digitalization of the process industry by making smart use of process data will be shown by best practices examples and expert talks.

Industrial and Labour Safety

Latest concepts and methods, regulatory developments and their implication in plant and process safety as well as occupational safety. These sessions are dedicated to safety practitioners of all related stakeholders including industry, services, academics, and authorities.

PRAXISforum: Safety first!

Learning from incidents & performance optimisation: that’s the core of this PRAXISforum. Best practices and lessons learned as well as the latest innovative products and services (ready-to-use) for plant and process safety together with occupational safety will be presented and discussed.

Laboratory and Analytical Techniques

Modern lab equipment today enables researchers to perform literally millions of reactions and analyses in a short time frame. Along with the digital transformation the working environment in chemical or biotechnological labs will transform dramatically. To reach the optimal performance in labs they often need to be structured, equipped, operated, and maintained in different ways.

PRAXISforum: Lab of the future

The PRAXISforum covers the latest innovation in products and services around laboratory technologies, from basic lab equipment to automated modular systems and the software and modelling tools needed to convert big data into smart data.

Materials and Material Processing

Materials and material processing are key success factors in the process industry. The interaction between reaction media, reactants and material surfaces and the correct dosage of ingredients along with product functionality strongly depend on the correct choice of materials and how they are employed.

Mechanical Processes

Mixing and separation processes are essential to the chemical, biotechnological and materials processing industries. In addition to the important roles that mixing and separation technologies play in these industries, new developments in these present opportunities for reducing waste and using energy and raw materials more efficiently.

PRAXISforum: Innovative mixing and separation solutions

Beyond all question mixing and separation technologies have a significant impact on the efficiency and cost of processes in the chemical, biotech, and materials processing industry. Experts and major solution providers show how you can achieve a major decrease in operating and capital expenditures due to new products and developments in the field of mixing, filtration and separation technologies.

  • Mixing technologies
  • Filtration technologies
  • Separation and mass transfer-technologies

Pharmaceutical Technology

The pharmaceutical industry has very specific requirements relating to process and product quality, starting with the equipment for manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and continuing right through to packaging and labelling.

  • Pharmaceutical Technologies

    • Analytics and monitoring
    • Automation and high throughput
    • Coating and formulation
    • Labelling and traceability
    • Sterilisation and decontamination
    • Upstream and downstrean

PRAXISforum: Pharma meets production

Innovative equipment, technologies, and services have the potential to facilitate and optimise the complex production processes of (bio)pharmaceuticals. The PRAXISforum covers practical and close-to-the-market aspects of the manufacturing processes.

  • Dosage forms, fill & finish
  • Flexible and continuous manufacturing
  • Integrity and risk management
  • Integrity and sterility

Process Analytics

Precise, real-time process analytics is indispensable to future chemical production which has to comply with increasingly higher standards in terms of individualisation, quality control, and process efficiency. The holistic approach of PAT, combining process design, analytics, and control, allows continuous tracking of critical process parameters and adjustment of critical quality attributes of the intermediate and end-products. As a scientific, risk-based framework, PAT is intended to support innovation and efficiency in chemical and pharmaceutical development, manufacturing, and quality assurance and is being seen as a very important tool for Quality by Design.

PRAXISforum: Sensor-based production control

For an almost fully automated production including scheduling, dispatching and monitoring of all production steps intelligent and smart sensors are key components. New control systems and concepts, as well as new sensors, enable the process industry to achieve optimum performance in all stages of production. The PRAXISforum will cover newest technologies and solutions in the field of sensors (ready-to-use) and its implementations in process industries.

  • New technologies
  • Smart applications
  • Smart sensing

Pumps, Compressors, Walves and Fittings

Movement and storage of liquids, gases, liquid-solid suspensions or other multiphase mixtures are key operations in all fields of the process industries, including oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, wastewater & water industries. New fluid handling and transfer equipment, pumps and peripheric equipment comprise large fields of key relevance to fluid handling which are subject to continuous large innovations.

PRAXISforum: State-of-the-art fluid handling

The PRAXISforum shows the latest developments of modern fluid handling. Pumps, dosing and flow measurement innovations will be shown as well as cooling and fluidic handling components.

  • Pumps, dosing and flow measurement
  • Cooling and fluidic handling components

Raw Materials

Future society and industry need to secure the supply of raw materials for industrial processes and to overcome the predicted scarcity of some raw materials by the further development of the circular economy and efficient separation processes. Furthermore, the chemical industry aims to broaden its raw material base to more sustainable feedstocks to meet future climate protection targets. While the market share of platform chemicals from biomass is continuously growing, carbon dioxide fixation from flue gases or the atmosphere using renewable energy may also become a future source of carbon.

Water Technologies

For industry, water represents an indispensable component of its ongoing development. Efficient industrial water management provides industry with a wide range of economic and strategic advantages.

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