We are saddened to announce the death on 2 March 2019 of one of our Honorary Members, Jean Néel.
Prof. Néel was a renowned scientist in the field of membrane science and technology, recognized worldwide for his pioneering work on pervaporation. He also took an active part in the development of the European Membrane Society. Tribute
2018 was a successful year for our society with several very exciting events among which the Euromembrane 2018 conference hosted by the Universitat Politècnica de València (9-13 July 2018). On this occasion and for the first time, the Patrick Meares Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis work on Membrane Science was awarded. The Euromembrane 2018 conference was preceded by the 16th Network Young Membrains. The 35th EMS Summer School took place in Twente on the theme “From Fundamental Concepts Towards Commercialization of Membranes”.
In 2018, the society awarded travel grants to 21 students, 12 prizes for best presentations and 11 grants for conference registration fee to early-stage researchers. Last but not least, the best paper prize 2018 for the best original paper on Membrane Science and Engineering published in the years 2016 and 2017 was awarded.
Elections were organized to renew half of the council according to our statutes. Four candidates were elected (Maria Grazia de Angelis, Marco Stoller, Anthony Szymczyk and Ilya Vorotyntsev). They will be serving the society for the next four years along with those who will continue the good work (Maria-Chiara Ferrari, Frank Lipnizki, Davide Mattia, Lubos Novak and Carla Portugal).
The new council had its first meeting in Paris (2 February 2019) and elected the board of the society for the next two years:
-President: Anthony Szymczyk
-Secretary: Davide Mattia
-Treasurer: Maria-Chiara Ferrari
-Vice-Presidents: Frank Lipnizki and Carla Portugal
In order to promote membranes and membrane processes in the most efficient way, the council members will be in charge of specific tasks.
Carla Portugal, with the help of Maria-Chiara Ferrari and Davide Mattia, will be in charge of the grants and awards for conferences and summerschools.
Maria Grazia de Angelis will organize the “Best paper” contest.
Frank Lipnizki and Lubos Novak will promote interactions between academy and industry while Marco Stoller and Ilya Vorotyntsev will take care of the communication of the society.
Marco Stoller will be our representative on the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE).
We are in debt to our departing members, Cristiana Boi (2017-2018 President), Alberto Figoli, Antoine Kemperman and Wojciech Kujawski who gave their best to keep the society on good tracks. THANK YOU!
What about 2019? The 36th EMS Summer School will be organized from 23 to 28 June in Edinburgh on the theme “Membranes for a sustainable future”. 2019 will also give birth to the EMS academy where both industrial and academic lecturers will provide the participants fundamental knowledge of membrane processes and applications. This first EMS Academy will take place in Båstad (Sweden) on 6 and 7 April 2019 and it will focus on applications in the food and biotech industry.
The second edition of the Imagine Membrane conference, supported by both the European Membrane Society and the North American Membrane Society will take place in the Azores islands from 22 to 29 September 2019.
Eventually, the society will continue to work for enhancing cooperation between the “membrane societies” through its active participation to the World Association of Membrane Societies (WA-MS).
With best wishes for 2019 and looking forward to meeting you.
European Membrane Society