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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.

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)