On October 15-16, 2019, AUN/SEED-Net sponsored the 12th Regional Conference on Chemical Engineering (RCChE 2019), jointly organized with the 5th International Conference on Low Carbon Asia & Beyond (ICLCA 2019) and the 4th International Conference on Chemical Engineering, Food and Biotechnology (ICCFB 2019), hosted by Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT). The theme of the conference was “Transformation Towards Smart, Resilient and Sustainable Communities.” This joint conference received much attention from researchers all over the world, in which there were over 300 papers submitted to the conference; approximately 250 papers were selected for both oral and poster presentation. During the two-day-conference, participants actively shared their research findings and exchange views and opinions on various topics related to smart, resilient and sustainable communities.

The conference was a huge success in terms of numbers of participants and the fact that it was a joint conference of the three regionally/internationally recognized conferences. Moreover, the organizing committee also successfully managed to harmonize the schedule of this conference with  one of the core  activities that was part of HCMUT’s  16th Scientific Conference. All participants were invited to  join a workshop on “How to write and publish a high impact scientific paper” in the afternoon of October 14 and a forum on “Green and Smart Society” in the morning of October 15, at HCMUT campus prior to the conference in the afternoon of October 15. Participants were also offered an opportunity upon registration to join the eco-tour in Ho Chi Minh City and My Tho on October 17 to indulge in the Vietnamese cultural heritage.

It can be concluded that this conference was indeed an accomplishment that all associated partners should be proud of. AUN/SEED-Net  would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the organizing committee of RCChE 2019 once again for the successful outcomes of this event. AUN/SEED-Net staff witnessed the fruits of the conference throughout the two-day-program, be it new research findings in the field of chemical engineering, good practices from various countries, and questions that inspired further researches on certain topics.  Most importantly, the network among researchers was strengthened and expanded, which  highly contributes as building blocks towards achieving sustainable development in education and research in engineering, science and technology.