Those of you planning on attending the AIChE Annual Meeting in Philadelphia are invited to participate in the CAST Division 10(e) planning meeting, on Monday 11/17 from 6-7 p.m.
The meeting wilil be held in Room 103-B (Street Level) of the Philadelphia Convention Center
The agenda, such as it is, is provided below.
Scott Butner
CAST 10(e) 2009 Program Coordinator

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Subject: Preliminary Agenda -- CAST Divsion 10(e) planning meeting -- Monday 11/17/08, 6-7 PM EST

CAST 10(e) members (and distinguished guests) --

Please see the attached Preliminary agenda for the 10(e) planning meeting, which will be held from 6-7 p.m. Monday November 17, in Room 103-B (street level) of the Philadelphia Convention Center.

If you have questions about the agenda or anything you'd like to add to it, please contact me prior to 11/11/2008 (one week from today).

Please note, if you are planning on any sessions for 2009, please come prepared to provide session titles and contact information for session chairs (if possible) since we need to get that information into Confex soon!



CAST Division 10(e) Meeting

Monday 11/17/08
6-7 pm  EST
Room 103-B (street level) of the Philadelphia Convention Center


*       Student Video Contest – Eric Maase
*       Fall 2008 Program update – Larry Megan

Program Planning

*       10(e) interaction with CAPE-OPEN conference - Ray Dickinson, Michael Pons (see Attachment 1)
*       Spring 2009 Program Plans/Session Requests – all
        (please be prepared to provide working titles, and ideally session chair contact information since we need to have this in the Confex system by December 1)


*       10(e) collaborations w/ Div 10(c) -  Larry, Scott, Venkat Venkatasubramanian (?)
*       Anything else for the good of the order

For questions/comments about this proposed agenda, please contact:

Scott Butner
2009 10(e) program coordinator
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA  99354
Voice: (509)-372-4946/Cell: (509)-460-1544
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Attachment 1

Background on CAPE-OPEN Discussion w/ CAST Division 10(e)

Submitted by Michel Pons ([log in to unmask])
Chief Technology Officer

CAPE-OPEN Laboratories Network


The CAPE-OPEN US Conference series now goes back to a number of years with US EPA and US DOE organizing the first two events and then CO-LaN making this series a part of the AIChE Annual meetings as a Topical Conference with the help of 10e. In the meantime a European event of the same kind has been organized (Feb, March or April of the same year).


The two events (European and US) have not strictly the same format. The European edition is a stand-alone conference, organized by CO-LaN. It is rather well attended (40 to 60 people) coming mostly from Europe but also some coming from the US and Asia. Side meetings of Special Interest Groups are organized over the two days the conference is taking place.


In the US, our aim has been, within the AIChE Annual meetings at least, to organize a Topical on one day, one day and a half. It seems indeed a one-day Topical conference may be more convenient for people who are not willing to spend the entire week at the Annual Meeting (which is bad for the objective of attracting people to the Annual Meeting through a dedicated Topical Conference). The format given to the Topical at AIChE has been slightly varying over time in terms of session topics and I must say that the number of papers collected for the sessions has been diminishing over years (same in Europe). The conference is capable to attract each time a few new faces (i.e. organizations) but there is not a large turn-over in people attending and presenting. For the European conference, it is considered as a get-together of all the actors in CAPE-OPEN and seeing mostly "old" faces is considered normal.


CO-LaN is looking for ways to re-boost its conference cycle, in terms of content and attendance.


An idea that CO-LaN would like to see discussed is the following: making only one CAPE-OPEN conference each year, either in the US or in Europe. In

2009 the conference would take place in the US at the AIChE Annual meeting while in 2010 there would be no conference in the US, just one in Europe.

And so on. What is still an open question is the capability for CO-LaN to bring to a US conference a number of European-based organizations, especially small software vendors.


CO-LaN would like to get area 10e feedback, building upon the experience 10e has accumulated over the years.