Starting since 1966 with the former name "The use of Computers in Chemical Engineering", the Working Pary pioneered the approach to Process System Engineering with the limited tools offered at that time.

In 1991 the Working Party redefined its Terms of Reference and adopted a new Title, CAPE, Computer Aided Process Engineering.

Today computers are routinely applied throughout the entire spectrum of process and product engineering activities covering chemical, petrochemical, bio-chemical, and pharmaceutical industries and thereby, reflecting the success of the Working Parties activities. In its current form, the Working Party aims at: Acting as a focal point, within CAPE and related fields, for other EFCE Working Parties and National and International bodies, e.g. IChemE, IFAC, and AIChE. Promote good industrial practice by encouraging the development and use of CAPE methods and tools, by sharing experience in the application of existing CAPE methods and tools, by providing strategic reviews of the ongoing needs of the profession, and by identifying the potential opportunities for beneficial CAPE developments. Encourage and promote CAPE research by providing a European forum for the presentation and debate of new ideas and developments, by preparing state-of-the-art reviews of CAPE methods and tools, by stimulating new projects to meet identified needs and opportunities, both present and future The European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE) is the reference event promoted every year by CAPE Working Party since 1992.
It is expected that the continued participation of the past years will be maintained and enhanced also in this event.

AIDIC so far continues to invite all the international specialists to see this event as an opportunity to exchange up-to-the-minute information on industrial needs, new technology developments, and research opportunities.
The previous events attracted leading Industrialists and Academics worldwide and provided a state-of-the-art on Chemical and Process Engineering.

Previous events were:
ESCAPE 33, Athene, Greece, 2023
ESCAPE 32, Toulouse, France, 2022
ESCAPE 31, Istanbul, Turkey, 2021
ESCAPE 30, Milan, Italy, 2020
ESCAPE-29, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2019
ESCAPE-28, Graz, Austria, 2018
ESCAPE-27, Barcelona, Spain, 2017
ESCAPE-26, Portorose, Slovenia, 2016
ESCAPE-25, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015 (Joint event with PSE 12)
ESCAPE-24, Budapest, Hungary, 2014
ESCAPE-23, Lappeenranta, Finland, 2013
ESCAPE-22, London, United Kingdom, 2012
ESCAPE-21, Porto Carras, Greece, 2011
ESCAPE-20, Ischia, Italy, 2010
ESCAPE-19, Krakow, Poland, 2019
ESCAPE-18, Lyon, France, 2008
ESCAPE-17, Bucharest, Romania, 2007
ESCAPE-16, GarmischPartenkirchen, Germany, 2006 (Joint event with PSE 9)
ESCAPE-15, Barcelona, Spain, 2005
ESCAPE-14, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
ESCAPE-13, Lappeenranta, Finland, 2003
ESCAPE-12, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2002
ESCAPE-11, Kolding, Denmark, 2001
ESCAPE-10, Firenze, Italy, 2000
ESCAPE-9, Budapest, Hungary, 1999
ESCAPE-8, Brugge, Belgium, 1998
ESCAPE-7, Trondheim, Norway, 1997 (Joint event with PSE 6)
ESCAPE-6, Rhodos, Greece, 1996
ESCAPE-5, Bled, Slovenia, 1995
ESCAPE-4, Dublin, Ireland, 1994
ESCAPE-3, Graz, Austria, 1993
ESCAPE-2, Toulouse, France, 1992
ESCAPE-1, Helsingor, Denmark, 1992


The International Symposia on Process Systems Engineering (PSE) have been a triennial tradition since 1982.

The series was arranged by the International Organization for Process Systems Engineering with representation from the Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering, the European Federation of Chemical Engineering, and the Inter-American Confederation of Chemical Engineering. It has proved to be an attractive global platform for the PSE academics, researchers, and practitioners from all corners of the world for sharing advances in PSE education, research, and application. PSE-24 is the 15th in the series.

Previous events were:
PSE 14 Kyoto, Japan, 2021
PSE 13 San Diego, USA, 2018
PSE 12 Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015 (Joint event with ESCAPE 25)
PSE 11 Singapore, Singapore, 2012
PSE 10 Salvador Bahia, Brazil, 2009
PSE 9 Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, 2006 (Joint event with ESCAPE 16)
PSE 8 Beijing, China, 2003
PSE 7 Keystone, USA, 2000
PSE 6 Trondheim, Norway, 1997 (Joint event with ESCAPE 7)
PSE 5 Kyongiu, Korea, 1994
PSE 4 Montebello, Canada, 1991
PSE 3 Sydney, Australia, 1988
PSE 2 Cambridge, England, 1985
PSE 1 Kyoto, Japan, 1982