An ECI Conference Series
September 11-16, 2016
Maryborough Hotel and Spa
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Poster Size: 1 meter wide x 2 meters high
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About This Conference
Synopsis: This conference series addressed technical and scientific advances in membrane science and technology. It will also discuss broader issues related to membrane material and development that will be of interest to institutional and academic participants. Emphasis will be particularly placed on emerging process.
- Fouling and Monitoring
- Membranes for Bioseparations
- Membrane Formation
- Inorganic Membranes
- Membranes for Water Treatment
- Gas Separations
- Membrane Reactors and Bioreactors
- Membrane Surface Modifications
- Membrane Transport
- Pervaporation and Vapor Separation
- Membranes for Biofuel Applications
- Membrane-based CO2 Capture
- Membranes for Sustainability
- Fuel Cells and Batteries
- Pressure Retarded Osmosis and Forward Osmosis
- Membrane Distillation
Plenary Session Speakers
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Organizing Committee Membership
Ayse Asatekin (Tufts University, USA); Uwe Beuscher (W.L. Gore, USA); Dibakar Bhattacharyya (University of Kentucky, USA); Mihail Barboiu (Institut Européen des Membranes,France); Michael Dixon (NanoH2O, Inc., USA); Isabel Escobar (University of Kentucky, USA); Caleb Funk (Dow Water); May-Britt Hägg (NTNU, Norway); Jamie Hestekin (University of Arkansas, USA); Bruce Hinds (University of Washington, USA); Jeffrey McCutcheon (University of Connecticut, USA); Ingo Pinnau (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia); Giulio Sarti (University of Bolgna, Italy); Nora Savage (NSF, USA); Dr. Andrea Schaefer (KIT, Germany);Thomas Schäfer (Polymat, Spain); Bart Van der Bruggen (K.U. Leuven, Belgium); Rong Wang (NTU, Singapore); Andrew Zydney (Penn State University, USA)
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Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations: Closed
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations: July 1, 2016
Poster Size: 1 meter wide x 2 meters high
One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above. The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.
Abstracts should be submitted electronically:
The abstract template available at the above link must be followed for an abstract to be considered for presentation.
The conference will be held at the Maryborough Hotel and Spa in Cork, Ireland. Just a 10-minute taxi ride from both Cork City Center and the Cork International Airport, the hotel is surrounded by lush gardens and provides a serene setting for conferences. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, pool, full-service spa and fitness center. Bedrooms feature flat screen televisions, tea and coffee facilities, and safes, as well as irons and ironing boards. The hotel has 93 rooms, many with verandas and balconies overlooking the gardens. The conference sessions will be held in the Sherrad Ballroom, which will provide ample space for both technical and poster sessions. Complimentary high-speed wifi is available throughout the property, including the meeting rooms. The Douglas Golf Club is just a six-minute walk from the hotel and the town of Douglas, with many shops, pubs and restaurants, is a 5-10 minute walk away.
Cork, Ireland Known as the food capital of Ireland, Cork is rich in history and features a number of art galleries, theaters and museums. In 2005, Cork was designated the European Capital of Culture and it was recognized as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2010. Located in the Southeast of Ireland, Cork City serves as the shopping and commercial capital of the south.
The city dates back to the sixth century, when St. Finbar founded a monastic settlement there. Around 915, Viking settlers established a trading community. By the 12th century the settlement had become the chief city of the Kingdom of South Munster, having survived raids and sporadic settlement by Norsemen. Irish rule was short-lived, and by 1185 Cork was under English rule. Thereafter it changed hands regularly during the relentless struggle between Irish and Crown forces. The complete history of Cork can be found here.
The city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centre are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air.
The city is easily walkable, and popular attractions include ringing the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St. Anne’s Church, and visiting the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. There are many unique shopping and dining options, including the famous English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world.
The city is home to University College Cork, established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges – at Cork, Galway and Belfast. These new colleges were established in the reign of Queen Victoria, and named after her.
The famous Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone, is just twenty minutes drive from the city center. West Cork, nicknamed “A Place Apart, offers a break from the speed of the city. Nature sets the pace in this beautiful south west corner of Ireland – stretching from Kinsale on the south coast to three rugged westerly peninsulas reaching into the wild Atlantic: Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara.
Directions to Maryborough Hotel from Cork Airport:
The hotel is located approximately 10 minutes away from Cork airport by car or taxi.
- Travel down Airport Hill
- At Airport Road roundabout, take first exit onto Farmers Cross N27
- Follow N27 to Kinsale roundabout
- Take 4th exit onto South Ring road – N25 East
- Once on N25, take 2nd exit for Douglas, ignoring 1st exit marked for Douglas West
- At the traffic lights, turn right
- At the roundabout, take 2nd exit traveling straight ahead
- At the traffic lights, drive straight on, until you reach a second roundabout
- Take 3rd exit off roundabout (Douglas Golf Club on directional fingerpost)
- This is Maryborough Hill; the hotel is situated up the hill on the left hand side
Directions from other Airports
Train service is widely available between cities in Ireland. For complete details, schedules and fares, visit Irish Rail. Direct trains run from Dublin Heuston Station to Cork (Kent). The trip from Dublin to Cork takes about 2 ½ hours. Dublin Heuston Station can be reached from Dublin Airport via a bus connection outside the terminal or by taxi (15-25 minutes depending on traffic).
Bus service is also widely available. Buses run directly from Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport to Cork City. The journey takes about three hours. Bus service is recommended for transfers between Shannon and Cork City as there are no directly trains. The trip takes about 2 ½ hours. For fares and schedules visit http://www.buseireann.ie/
Conference Fees and Registration
All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights), all meals with the exception of dinner on Wednesday, excursion, taxes, and gratuities from the reception and dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.
ALL PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND INVITED SPEAKERS) ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.
The conference fees are:
|Register on or before August 5, 2016||Register after August 5, 2016|
|Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional)||US $2,135.00||US $2,335.00|
|Participant (sharing a room with another participant)||US $1,860.00||US $2,060.00|
|Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to Kathy@engconfintl.org)||US $1,445.00||US $1,645.00|
|**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all conference included meals as well as the conference excursion)||US $800.00||US $800.00|
|**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Bed and Breakfast only)||US $155.00||US $155.00|
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Special Notes for Payment
We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate. Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.
All participants are encouraged to register before August 5, 2016. There is a discounted price for registering before this date and hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date. Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due. ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.
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- Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
- Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
- Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
- No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
- No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.
Registrations can be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.
Denied or delayed visa
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Change of payment method
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