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European Co-operation in Environmental Engineering

The Confederation of European Environmental Engineering Societies, CEEES, is a forum for international co-operation and information exchange regarding the resistance and integrity of products and systems against environmental influences. It was created as a co-operative body for the leading European societies in this field.

vinjett.gif CEEES was created, some 30 years ago, as an independent non-profit organisation to promote the advancement of science and technology in the field of environmental engineering. Since its inception CEEES has organised and supported the exchange of information and experience in all the related fields. CEEES also promotes European participation in national symposia and arranges international conferences on environmental techniques and their application. It also encourages the member national societies to support each other's activities.

The CEEES stakeholders are active in the establishment of; national and international standards, codes of practice and the generation of educational material. Its stakeholders are particularly active in procedures related to ensuring the resistance and integrity of products and systems against environmental influences. CEEES technical advisory boards encompass mechanical and transportation stresses, stress screening, reliability and the effects of climate and pollution on equipment and structures.

The aims and objectives of CEEES include:

  • The advancement of science and technology related to the field of environmental.
  • The exchange of information and experience.
  • Arranging international symposia and workshops.
  • Participation in establishing standardization and best practices.
  • Encouraging members to support each other.
  • Achieving recognition of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Engineers.


CEEES welcomes and encourages participation from organizations and individuals. It especially, welcomes contribution from those with an interest in environmental engineering and working with design and testing methods to enhance the integrity, performance and service life of products and systems. CEEES activities are normally channelled through the national societies; however, it also collaborates with partner organisations including the U.S. Institute of Environmental Science and Technology. Within Europe it supports the founding of similar minded societies in countries, which at present do not have a national society promoting environmental engineering.

The CEEES brochure recently updated on behalf of CEEES, by GUS, the German National Society, can be downloaded here.

Draft Standard for Public Comment

The International Electro-technical Commission has introduced a new process allowing anyone to comment on publically available standards. Comments can be submitted even if you are not part of the National Committee working on that standard or even whether your country participates in the creation of that standard.

Anyone can register comments on publically available draft standards, by using the "Public Commenting on Draft Standards" button available on the home page of the International Electro-technical Commission ( www.iec.ch ).
The button is on the right hand side of the gray bar, located about halfway down the home page. You need to register, but this is only so that any comments submitted this way will be forwarded via the appropriate National Committee. If you register, you can also opt to receive weekly notification of draft standards publically available for comment. Currently there are over 50 standards listed for comment and the commenting period is usually 12 weeks.

New CEEES Brochure

The Gesellschaft für Umweltsimulation (the German National Society GUS), has recently commissioned an update to the CEEES brochure. A downloadable version of the brochure is available as well as a high resolution printable version.

CEEES liaison with the US Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST)

us1.gif The Confederation of European Environmental Engineering Societies (CEEES) recently refreshed its liaison with the US Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST). The President of CEEES, Dr Thomas Reichert, met with the current IEST President, Shawn Windley, the President elect, Wei Sun and a number of other IEST officials, at the Annual Technical Meeting of the IEST. Thomas Reichert brought the IEST up to date with the objectives and work of CEEES, with the aid of the new CEEES brochure. The IEST President elect Wei Sun recognized the huge amount of environmental factors and influences the CEEES national associations dealt with.

During the informal discussions, Dr Reichert indicated that CEEES would like to invite a number of US Environmental experts to the CEEES Conferences in spring and fall, to facilitate closer association of the two organizations. CEEES would like to forge new links with IEST members as the former European liaison officer Mrs. Chris Peterson has now left IEST. It was agreed that the IEST direct points of contact, between the two organizations, should be David Sgro the Technical Vice President for Design, Test, and Evaluation and Executive Director Roberta Burrows. The CEEES point of contact would be the CEEES President, Dr Thomas Reichert.

us2.gif It was also agreed that CEEES will endeavor to stimulate the participation of European experts in the ESTECH conference. The historical participation from Europe at ESTECH was recognized and appreciated. The current European participation was mainly focused on mechanical influences. Christian Dindorf, from Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany and active with GUS (the German National association within CEEES), gave a presentation about fatigue damage calculation to compare single to multi axis shaker tests. Bram Cornelius, from Siemens Industry Software (former LMS part) Leuven representing the Belgium association, presented a mission synthesis procedure for sine-on-random excitations in an helicopter applications. More general climatic presentations were made by Dustin Aldridge from Raytheon Missile Systems and about weathering from Chelsea Todd from ATLAS MTT.

The next ESTECH conference is planned in Louisville, Kentucky on the 8 to 11th May 2017 and the next CEEES conference is planned for Paris on 19th and 20th October 2016.

CEEES Autumn Meeting 2015

The Confederation of European Environmental Engineering Societies (CEEES) held its 2015 autumn meeting at the Congress Centrum University in Naples, Italy. The hosts for the meeting where the University of Naples, who along with the Gesellschaft für Umweltsimulation (the German National Society GUS),

cam2015.jpg had arranged the CEEES meeting alongside international event, of the 7th European Weathering Symposium - Natural and Artificial Ageing of Polymers. The meetings of the three CEEES Technical Advisory Boards (TABs) occurred on the 15th September 2015. The three CEEES TABs comprise; Reliability & ESS, Mechanical Environment as well as Climatic and Air Pollution Effects. As well as their normal activities the three TABs combined for to receive two presentations from the Italian hosts, concerning environmental research and testing in Italy.

Pietro Russo, University of Naples introduced the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Bio-materials IPCB. He addressed the work of the Institute with regard to; methodologies for the correlation between structures, properties and processing of polymers and composites, innovative materials based on thermosetting resin and nano-composites, packaging materials, biomedical applications, agriculture, synthesis and chemical-physical modification for the development of multifunctional thermoplastic. Pietro introduced further the Regional Centre of Competence which is working on: new technologies for production activities (SCARL).

Giulio D’Emilia, University of L’ Aquila, introduced the activities of his group on research topics for Environmental Engineering (civil and industrial sectors): material chemistry, electrical andelectronic engineering, managerial engineering,

cam2015a.jpg mechanical engineering (energy production and saving and product/process design and development), chemical and biotechnological processes and information engineering etc. A short discussion about possibilities for an Italian Member Association followed.

The 64th CEEES General Assembly was held on the 16th September 2015. The meeting was chaired by Dr Thomas Reichert the current CEEES President representing the Gesellschaft für Umweltsimulation (the German National Society). The meeting confirmed that the Association pour le Développement des Sciences et Techniques de l'Environnement (the French National Society) would take over the CEEES Presidence in the Autumn of 2016. The meeting invited the Swedish Environmental Engineering Society to supply the CEEES Vice-President from the Autumn of 2016.


Germany Take Over CEEES Presidency

ceees001.jpg At the last CEEES General Assembly, at Pfinztal Germany, on 19th September 2014, the CEEES Presidency and Secretariat were transferred to the German national society GUS. The transfer occurred at the end of the meeting when the duties of the existing CEEES President (Harry Roossien) and Secretariat (Eline Hazelager), from the Netherlands national society PLOT, were formally transferred. For the next two years the CEEES secretariat will be hosted by GUS and the secretariat will be led by Sabine Aref (Sabine.Aref@ict.fraunhofer.de).

ceees002.jpg The new CEEES President, Dr Thomas Reichert, has represented the German national society, Gesellschaft für Umweltsimulation e. V. Society for Environmental Engineering (GUS), for several years and is the long term chairman of the CEEES Technical Advisory Board for Climate and Air Pollution. Thomas works at the Fraunhofer ICT at Karlsruhe and is a board member of GUS. Thomas was a driving force in the transition of the Colloquia of the Danubian Countries into the successful European Weathering Symposiums.

Following the last CEEES General Assembly the role of CEEES Vice President was offered to the French National Society ASTE (Association pour le Développement des Sciences et Techniques de l'Environnement). If accepted, and under the normal rotation, ASTE will take over the CEEES Presidency and Secretariat in the autumn of 2016.

CEEES is a confederation of the environmental engineering societies of

the United Kingdom (SEE),
France (ASTE),
Germany (GUS),
Sweden (SEES),
Switzerland (SSEE),
Finland (KOTEL),
Belgium (BSMEE),
the Netherlands (PLOT),
Italy (AITPA),
Czech Republic (NACEI)
Austria (ÖGUS)
Portugal (SOPSAR)