Summit explores future of membrane technologies

A recent international meeting on membrane technologies has supported best practice, breakthroughs, and pioneering research and science in the fast-advancing area of membrane technologies.

The International Forward Osmosis Summit—a Fenner Research Conference on the Environment—attracted about 100 researchers from academia and industry from 17 countries to Sydney in December. Fenner conferences were established by the Academy with the generous support of the late Professor Frank Fenner FAA FRS and the late Mrs Bobbie Fenner.

Inspired by the natural osmotic process in cells, forward osmosis and pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) are now emerging as alternative membrane technologies for desalination, water reuse, energy generation and the treatment of challenging streams. The summit enabled experts to connect with other FO professionals and form collaborations to address the growing challenges facing forward osmosis technologies around the world.

The summit was organised by the University of Technology Sydney in collaboration with UNSW Australia, the University of Wollongong, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Korea University, the International Forward Osmosis Association, the National Centre for Excellence in Desalination Australia, the FO-RO Hybrid Desalination Research Centre, Hyorim Industries and Porifera. It was supported by the Academy and the Membrane Society of Australasia.

The International Forward Osmosis Summit attracted about researchers from 17 countries.

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