Press Release

Press Release

13 th World Filtration Congress Announces Plenary Speakers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Penn State, UCLA and Sichuan University

Nashville, TN, January 2019 — As the filtration and separations industry continues to grow and innovate in response to a quickly changing technological landscape, experts from around the world will gather at the 13 th World Filtration Congress (WFC13) in April of 2020. Hosted by the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS), WFC13 will include plenary presentations from a group of distinguished engineers from China, Germany and the United States who will present exciting research at this major industry event.

The following speakers are confirmed as plenary presenters at WFC13:

  • Prof. Liang-Yin Chu, Distinguished Professor of Chang Jiang Scholars Program in the School of Chemical Engineering and the Head of Office of Scientific Research and Development at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China
  • Achim Dittler, Professor of Mechanical Process Engineering and Head of the Gas-Particle-Systems Group at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Dr. Eric Hoek, consultant, entrepreneur, inventor and Professor of Environmental Engineering at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Andrew Zydney, Bayard D. Kunkle Chair and Director of the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA, United States “We are delighted to have such a brilliant group of engineering experts to speak at the next World Filtration Congress," said Thomas Ramsey, Chair of the Board of Directors of AFS. “We look forward to learning more from them and the many other knowledgeable presenters as we gather to discuss how filtration and separations innovations can continue to solve the problems that industry and society face."
  • Expo Space at 13 th World Filtration Congress Selling Fast

    Nashville, TN, January, 2019—Hosted by the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS), the 13 th World Filtration Congress (WFC13) is bringing together the world’s best minds in the filtration and separations industry to solve the world’s toughest challenges through knowledge exchange, networking and education. With 15 months left before the event, more than half of the event’s expo space has been sold.

    WFC13 is scheduled April 20-24, 2020, in San Diego, CA. "The World Filtration Congress is among the most important events to the filtration and separations industry,” said Thomas Ramsey, Chair of the Board of Directors of AFS. "There is not another event that brings together a higher caliber of attendee with regard to innovation in our industry, and companies, individuals and nonprofits alike, from every corner of the world, benefit immensely from participating.” Booths are selling for $4,000 for a standard 10x10 space. Each booth comes with one conference registration, two expo passes, and inclusion on the event website, the exhibitor guide and the mobile app. Discounts are available for AFS corporate and platinum sponsors and for organizations who reserve more than one booth.

    Organizations can realize savings and exceptional exposure by becoming a Conference Sponsor. Sponsorships are available at the Diamond, Sapphire, Emerald, Pearl, Gold and Silver levels. Packages include a combination of booth space, conference registrations, expo passes, special recognition during the conference, exposure in conference signage and materials, and pre- and post-conference marketing opportunities. Details are available here: To discuss a sponsorship opportunity or to reserve a booth, contact Lyn Sholl, executive director of the American Filtration and Separations Society, at or 615-250-7792.

    World Filtration Congress 13 Issues Final Call for Abstract Submission

    Nashville, TN, January, 2019—Hosted by the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS), the 13 th World Filtration Congress (WFC 13) will accept abstract submissions for technical presentations until March 1, 2019, and for student and industry posters until November 29, 2019. With more than half of the exhibit space sold, WFC 13 is shaping up to be the filtration industry’s premier 2020 conference. The event will be held April 20-24, 2020, in San Diego, California, USA. Abstracts should be submitted by selecting the “Abstract Submission" section of the WFC 13 web site at “The World Filtration Congress is known for bringing together thousands of the world’s best minds in filtration and separation," said Thomas Ramsey, Chair of the Board of Directors of AFS. “Professionals who are developing innovations, making discoveries or conducting probing research are encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration as a presentation at this event." Submissions are invited for the below categories. There are more than 60 subcategories to choose from as well.

    • Liquid-Solid Track
    • Gas-Solid Track
    • Filter Media Track
    • Membrane Track
    • Energy (Symposium Track)
    • Environment (Symposium Track)
    • Health (Symposium Track)

    Submitters needing early notification of acceptance to apply for a travel visa should contact WFC 13 Secretariat Lyn Sholl at


    The World Filtration Congress is held once every four years and rotates among member countries of INDEFI (International Delegation on Filtration), Austria, Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Nordics, UK and USA. The purpose of the congress is to foster a forum for scientists, engineers and practitioners in the world working on filtration and separation (F&S) to meet and share the latest advances and technologies.


    The American Filtration & Separations (AFS) Society is a technical educational nonprofit organization started in 1987 to provide a forum for exchange of information among engineers, scientists, and technologists in all areas of the fluid/particle separation field. The AFS Society exists to disseminate information, education, and the encouragement of research, and to tell the story of the filtration and separation industry in North America, its long-term, positive socioenvironmental impact and future potential for the greater good.