By Norman N. Li, Ph.D.

A new international conference, Water Purification & Reuse, will be held in Potsdam, Germany, June 9-13. The purpose of the conference is to discuss the latest advancements of important technologies for purifying industrial and municipal wastewater for reuse, and most recent developments of process design and integration methods for water treatment.

With the continued increase of population in the world, the supply of clean water has become a serious, worldwide problem. For this reason, the United Nations has declared 2003 the “Year of Clean Water.” This is to dramatize the lack of clean water and, hence, the importance of water treatment technology. Holding a new international conference to address the water treatment technology this year is indeed very timely. The conference is also critically needed because scientists and engineers working in this field have diverse backgrounds. They are mainly chemists, civic engineers, chemical engineers, environmental engineers and sanitary engineers. The conference provides a common forum for scientists not only with different backgrounds as well as different countries to discuss the technology development and applications in water treatment.

The conference program consists of sessions discussing the major water treatment processes. They are bioremediation, membranes, adsorption and chemical reactions. It should be noted that the membrane technologies to be discussed will include both polymeric membranes—such as ultrafiltration membranes, microfiltration membranes and reverse osmosis membranes—and inorganic membranes. In addition, there are sessions dedicated to the discussions of removal of trace contaminants, integrated process designs and implementation, and design methodologies for identifying recycle and reuse opportunities for industrial water streams. In addition to oral presentations, there will be a large poster paper session where the authors will be present at a designated time for detailed, in-depth discussions with the conference attendees. All together, there will be 10 sessions. Meetings will be held in the mornings and evenings; the afternoons are left free for informal exchange of scientific information. To enhance the informal interactions among attendees, there will be two group tours to Berlin and Potsdam. For more details, see:

About the author
Dr. Norman N. Li is the Water Purification & Reuse conference chairperson and has many years of experience working for Exxon and Honeywell. Presently, he’s president of NL Chemical Technology Inc., of Mt. Prospect, Ill. Dr. Li is a member of the National Academy of Engineering USA, where membership represents the highest honor for achievements in engineering in the United States. He is also the recipient of the Perkin Medal, which is the highest honor in the chemical industry. He can be reached at email: [email protected]

The conference organizer is the Engineering Conferences International, which is affiliated with the United Engineering Foundation in New York. For conference information, ECI can be reached at (212) 591-8144, (212) 591-8145 (fax), email: [email protected] or website:


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