EFCE-EMS Joint Excellence Award in Membrane Engineering - New Deadline: April 30th, 2024

Call for nominations 2024

The European Membrane Society (EMS) and the EFCE present a triennial Excellence Award to recognise a PhD thesis or paper(s) published in the preceding three-year period, which demonstrates the most outstanding contribution to research and/or practice in Membrane Engineering. This document describes how this award series will operate and the rules and procedures governing nomination.

The award will comprise:

  • A certificate
  • A travel grant from EFCE (not exceeding EUR 500) to attend the International Conference EuroMembrane 2024, where the award will be presented
  • The registration to EuroMembrane 2024 from EMS

The award will be presented during a Special Session of EuroMembrane 2024, which will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on 8-12 September 2024.

PhD theses or papers published between 01.01.2021 and 31.12.2023 may be nominated for evaluation, with a closing date of April 30th, 2024


More information about Eligibility and Submission form can be found here.


Patrick Meares Prize - Updates

In 2015, the EMS received a donation from the late Patrick Meares, one of the pioneers of membrane science. From his will, one can read “...with the request, but without imposing any binding trust, that the sum be used to establish a prize to be awarded biannually to a deserving young membrane scientist based on criteria to be established by agreement between the Board and the Council of the Society."

With this in mind, the EMS Council established the Patrick Meares Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis work on Membrane Science.


Award: 1500 Euros

Deadline: 31 March 2024


All the information about eligibility and how to apply can be found here.



EMS Webinar: March 13th, 2024, Beyond selectivity: Model-based systems engineering for sustainable nanofiltration processes, Aron K. Beke.

Title: Beyond selectivity: Model-based systems engineering for sustainable nanofiltration processes

Speaker: Aron K. Beke, Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center, Physical Science and Engineering Division (PSE), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, 23955-6900, Saudi Arabia



Nanofiltration has emerged as a promising low-energy and low-waste alternative to conventional separations across a myriad of industries. As an inherently continuous technology, membrane separation also aligns with the paradigm shift of the pharmaceutical industry to adopt continuous manufacturing. However, efficient and robust implementation of nanofiltration systems requires process digitalization and comprehensive design space exploration through modeling and optimization.

At the Szekely Group in KAUST, we introduce a comprehensive framework for the data-driven and model-based systems engineering of nanofiltration processes. Multiscale steady-state and dynamic models were developed for structurally diverse nanofiltration cascades. A multi-objective optimization approach was employed to characterize the purity-recovery trade-off in multistage nanofiltration systems. The OSN Database (www.osndatabase.com) was subjected to a process-based transformation and analysis, enabling a holistic approach to nanofiltration efficiency description and categorical comparison of membrane performance [1]. Applying our models, we performed the techno-economic and sustainability assessment of the downstream extraction and purification steps of an algal bioprocess [2]. As a specific case study, we also present the first comprehensive model-based analysis and assessment of enantioselective organic solvent nanofiltration processes [3]. Dynamic models for side-stream recycling and in situ racemization allowed a detailed feasibility assessment of membrane-based stereochemical resolution processes. Model-based and data-driven prediction tools on www.osndatabase.com aim to assist researchers in connecting material development results with early-stage process performance assessments. Our research contributes to bridging the gap between material science and sustainable process development by providing guidelines for future endeavors in the field.

[1] Journal of Membrane Science, 674 (2023) 121519

[2] Green Chemistry, 24 (2022) 5479-5489

[3] Journal of Membrane Science, 663 (2022) 121020



Aron Beke is a Chemical Engineering PhD student in Professor Gyorgy Szekely's group at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Aron earned his Chemical Engineering BSc degree from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary, specializing in pharmaceutical chemistry and technology. He began his research career by modeling continuous pharmaceutical technologies, and later he expanded his work to membrane processes. After successfully defending his Master's thesis on modeling enantioselective nanofiltration, Aron now focuses on the systems engineering of nanofiltration processes in his doctoral work, aiming to bring data-driven and model-based solutions to sustainability challenges.


Time: 13th March 2024, 4:00 pm (CET time)

Location:  our EMS Youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBzUqWLIW-VXIDGLgI8QpiA



List of the previous EMS webinars: https://www.emsoc.eu/ems-webinars/

EMS Conference Fee awards (MS/PhD students & young-academics) EUROMEMBRANE 2024

EMS will support Euromembrane 2024 with ten (10) conference awards for MS/PhD students and ten (10) conference awards for Young Academics

You can find more information here.


EMS Conference Fee awards (MS/PhD students & young-academics)

A complete and up-to-date listing of awards to be granted by the EMS in 2024 has been published.

You can find the list here.


Call for organizing EUROMEMBRANE 2027

The European Membrane Society (EMS) is keen on supporting scientific or technical events related to membranes and membrane processes. One of the flagships of the Society is the EUROMEMBRANE Conference. Supported by the EMS, the EUROMEMBRANE conference aims to bring together European “membranologists” and other colleagues from overseas to discuss all aspects of research and applications of membrane and membrane processes in a vibrant and dynamic setting.

Therefore, EMS launched the Call for applications to organize the EUROMEMBRANE 2027 conference.

Please click here  to find information on the organisation of Euromembrane 2027.



Guide for Applicants and Organizers - EMS Conferences

A short Guide for Applicants for organising an EMS event has been published: Guide Version 2027

This short Guide for Applicants summarizes the principal points that should be mentioned in the application to organize an EMS event. Following it helps prepare the proposal to save time and check that you have considered all relevant aspects to make your proposal and the event successful. This Guide is divided into parts - Part I explains aspects that should be addressed in the application. Part II describes issues expected to follow up on and regularly inform the EMS Council about your successful application. Before preparing your application, it is recommended to read the information presented in Part II to help make the proposal complete and acceptable.




39th EMS Summer School 2024

The next EMS summer school will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, from June 10th to 14th 2024.

It is organized by the MT4SW group led by Prof. Patricia Luis.

More information here.

2023 EMS Best Paper Award

EMS Best Paper Award this year goes to Xiaoyu Tan from KU Leuven. Congratulations!

The prize comprises a € 1,000 with an EMS certificate of recognition.

All submissions were impressive, and it made it a difficult decision.

Proud of you all!!

EMS Award Committee

Membrane News - Special issue with a survey on Ph.D. theses related to membrane science and engineering

We are pleased to announce that, within the Membrane News – The Newsletter of the EMS, we plan to publish a special issue with a survey on Ph.D. theses related to membrane science and engineering, defended in Europe and neighboring countries in the last four years (2020-2021-2022-2023).

We expect to publish the special issue by February 2024.

We kindly invite you to contribute to this action and send a summary of each Ph.D. thesis on membrane science and engineering defended in your group/institution during the last four years (HERE you can download the recommended format for the abstract). You can send the Word file to Lidietta Giorno at the following email address editor.membranenews@emsoc.eu by no later than 15 January 2024.