The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) has created a new Working Group on Careers in Refrigeration (CaRe) which centres on promoting careers in the refrigeration industry to the younger generation and women.

The initiative was born after two successful networking events held by the IIR last year – the ‘Reception for Students and Young Researchers’ event and the ‘Women in Refrigeration’ workshop.

As such, CaRe seeks to build general awareness around the importance of the industry and aims to identify potential stumbling blocks that could stop the younger generation holding a career within the sector.

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The new Working Group will be chaired by Dr. Catarina Marques (left), who currently works at heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineering consultancy specialist Adande as the Engineering Manager.

Marques has already played pivotal roles in previous IIR Receptions for Students and Young Researchers in both the Czech Republic and Japan, as well as overseeing several UK events that promote the younger generation’s involvement in the refrigeration industry.


The IIR is an independent intergovernmental science and technology-based organisation that promotes refrigeration knowledge and associated technologies. Areas of focus include low temperature technology and liquefied gas technologies, energy efficiency and safety handling of low global warming refrigerants.