This European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE) is the twentieth event of a series, started in Elsinore Denmark in 1992, of annual Symposia promoted by the Working Party "Computer Aided Process Engineering (CAPE)" belonging to the "European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE)".

However, it must be acknowledged that the ESCAPE series emerged from a strong tradition of the Working Party dating back to 1968 when the first event on computer applications was organized in Tutzing, Germany.
Twenty-three such symposia were then organized in almost a dozen European countries before a new departure of the Working Party with the ESCAPE series.
Therefore, ESCAPE-20 is the 43rd event of the CAPE Working Party, which will be held in Ischia, Italy from June 6 to 9, 2010.
The most recent symposia were organized in Romania, Bucharest 2007 (ESCAPE 17), France, Lyon 2008 (ESCAPE-18) and Poland, Cracow 2009 (ESCAPE-19).

ESCAPE-20 is organized by AIDIC, the Italian Association of Chemical Engineering, a member society of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering.
The series serves as a forum for engineers, scientists, researchers, managers and students from academia and industry to present and discuss progress being made in the area of CAPE. CAPE refers to computer-aided methods, algorithms and techniques related to process and product engineering.
The ESCAPE-20 scientific program reflects strategic complementary objectives of the CAPE Working Party: to check the status of historically consolidated topics by means of their industrial application and to evaluate their emerging issues. New windows will be open to the CAPE audience by inviting adjacent research areas to co-operate in the creation of the technical program.