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Special sessions devoted to mixing in national, as well as international conferences on chemical engineering have existed since the 1950s. Later, recurrent demands in mixing research and development in the chemical and food industries gave rise to specialized mixing conferences in the 1970s.

During the First European Conference on Mixing, which was held in Cambridge UK in 1974, experts from several European countries decided to set up a Preparatory Committee for a Working Party on Mixing within the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (WPM of the EFCE). This Committee met at the occasion of the European Conference on Mixing in the Chemical and Allied Industry held in Mons, Belgium, in 1977 and decided to set up the Working Party.

The establishment of the WPM was approved by the General Assembly of the EFCE in 1977. The inaugural meeting took place in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on the occasion of the 6th International CHISA Congress in 1978. Until 1986, when the first chairman was appointed, the Secretariat of the WPM was run on an honorary basis by the Czechoslovak Society of Chemical Engineering.