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Are you planning a special event for a student conference?
Would you like to hold a process optimization hackathon on a local,  regional or international level?

We will dedicate and manage one of our PSC task phases for your university or organization which would like to run a student contest in real time.

PSC is right for you if you’re looking for an interactive student challenge with the maximum reach and the minimum organizational effort.

  • Fully automated online based student contest
  • Worldwide entry all year long
  • Unlimited number of participants
  • Unlimited results submissions
  • Calculations displayed in real time
  • Full process description and flowsheets provided

PSC Task Phases are an integral part of the overall yearly challenge problem.  The participants of your PSC Task Phase will remain in the game able to compete for the official PSC Awards.

Do you like the idea? Email us with a start & end date of your PSC Task Phase and we’ll get back to you with details.

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PSC FOR ECCE12 & ECAB5 Student Programme

15-19 September, Florence in Italy

Chemstations Europe GmbH, the official sponsor of the ECCE12 & ECAB5 Student Programme, invites you to join the Process Simulation Cup contest today and give yourself a head start in the competition before the September event.


Why you should take part in the Process Simulation Cup?


Engineering is all about solving problems and making the solutions feasible. With Process Simulation Cup: 


  • You will learn how to solve an authentic engineering problem and test your skills in finding optimal solutions
  • You will use modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • You will get an opportunity to win attractive prizes and mark your participation in the ECCE12 & ECAB5 Student Programme in a special way


We have collected FAQs that should answer most of your questions. Please also refer to our T&C for additional clarification.

If your question does not get answered, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We will be circulating more information closer to the event date.


We designed a leaflet for you to share with others. You can access the document here. Please distribute this to your colleagues and anyone who might be interested in participating!




What is ECCE12 & ECAB5?

ECCE stands for EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. It is an event organized by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE). ECCE12 is the 12th edition of the series started in Florence in 1997.

ECAB stands for EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF APPLIED BIOTECHNOLOGY. It is an event organized by the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES). ECAB5 is the 5th edition of the series started in Berlin in 2011.

ECCE & ECAB is a joined event which takes place every year in various locations. The 2019 year event is being held on 15-19 September in Florence, Italy.

ECCE & ECAB Student Programme is an integral part of the ECCE & ECAB Congress series.

Read more about the Congress here.

What is PSC2019 for ECCE12 & ECAB5?

PSC2019 for ECCE12 & ECAB5 stands for a PSC Task Phase dedicated and organized for the ECCE12 & ECAB5 Student Programme held between 15-19 September in Florence.

What is the timeline for the PSC2019 for ECCE12 & ECAB5?

15 September 2019

The first day of the ECCE12 & ECAB5 Student Programme and the launch of the PSC special task phase.

The full details of the task phase will be published on the PSC2019 task page closer to the event day.

19 September 2019

The last day of the ECCE12 & ECAB5 Student Programme and the time when the PSC result submission page will be disabled for a few hours.

During that time 3 Winners of the special PSC2019 task phase for ECCE12 & ECAB5 will be determined and announced.

How to be considered for the special PSC event?

To be recognized as a PSC participant at the ECCE12 & ECAB5, you need to:

  • Create an account with PSC website
  • Select ECCE12 & ECAB5 Tag in the Campaign field
  • Have access to computer/laptop
  • Have access to the Internet

Where to find the ECCE12 & ECAB5 Campaign Tag?

Where can I find the task details?

Details of the PSC2019 for ECCE12 & ECAB5 Task Phase will be published on the official PSC2019 task page.


In the PSC2019 for ECCE12 & ECAB5 task phase held on 15-19 September:

  • You need to calculate a new set of parameters
  • You need to download a flowsheet and save it on your computer

What are the awards?

3 Winners will be announced on 19 September during the PSC2019 for ECCE12 & ECAB5 Award Ceremony.

Certificates and gifts will be given to the winners present at the conference.

All other participants will be able to download certificates of participation on My Account page.

PSC2019 officially ends on 17.01.2020

All participants will remain in the competition able to compete for the main awards.

How PSC works?


  • You are not asked to design a flowsheet
  • You are asked to optimize a given solution with CHEMCAD software
  • You submit your optimized solutions online via the Submit Variables page when you’re logged in
  • Your submissions are recorded on My Submissions page
  • Your successfully calculated submissions are displayed in the PSC highscore table
  • You can submit as many solutions as you like
  • You only move up in the highscore table if your solutions are better than your previously submitted solutions
  • You will not move down in the highscore table if you submit solutions that are not as good as your previous solutions
  • You can have the same solutions as other participants. The place in the highscore table is determined based on the timing of your uploaded solution

Do you provide training for PSC?

On 16 September PSC Team will run a PSC2019 Workshop at the Chemstations Europe GmbH booth during the ECCE12 & ECAB5 Congress.

PSC Team will also be available at the booth ready to assist you throughout the duration of the Congress.

You will be able to ask questions about the PSC task, software access and more.

If necessary, you can contact for questions regarding your account, registrations, submissions, software access.

Can I participate in PSC before the event?

You can join PSC today and submit variables for the current PSC2019 task phase.

You don’t need to have prior knowledge of PSC or CHEMCAD software to participate.

Full PSC2019 process description, task details, step-by-step guidance, and flowsheet are available online.

New to CHEMCAD simulation tool? Check out CHEMCAD Essentials.


What are the entry requrements?

The competition is open to bachelor, masters, P.h.D students from all fields of chemical process engineering.

All student participants must have a valid

  • University email address
  • Proof of University Enrolment or a Copy of  University Student ID Card

How do I get software access?

All students participating in the PSC2019 for ECCE12 & ECAB5 will be given remote software access for 2 weeks. The access will cover the 15-19 September event.

  • Register early and familiarize yourself with the process and get all the setups in place.
  • Visit PSC Team at the Chemstations Europe GmbH booth during the ECCE12 & ECAB5 Congress for software access help.

More information will be circulated online closer to the event date.

Note: to be eligible for software access, all student participants are required to upload on MyAccount page:

I'm not attending ECCE12 & ECAB5, can I still participate?

Yes. PSC is entirely online.

EU and non-EU students can compete in this special task phase although they are not attending the ECCE12 & ECAB5 Congress.

You must select ECCE12 & ECAB5 Tag in the Campaign field to be considered as part of the event.

I will graduate before the event, can I still particiapte?

You are welcome to participate.

You should register with PSC while holding an active student status and fulfill the student status/software access requirements on MyAccount page.

What happens after ECCE12 & ECAB5?

  • The special task phase will remain active
  • You will be able to continue to submit solutions

You will be able to compete for the official PSC2019 awards:

  • Collect PSC Cups to win Professional CHEMCAD training
  • Win PSC2019 Monthly Winner title
  • Compete for one of the PSC2019 Overall Winners’ titles
  • Join the PSC Student Ambassador program