After the announcement was made by the INDEFI Board AFS Members joined together to celebrate in the AFS booth.
From left to right: Chris Wallace, Rahul Bharadwaj, Christine Sun, Klaas De Waal, Lyn Sholl, Wallace Leung, Wu Chen and Wenping Li.
The American Filtration & Separations Society was awarded the host country for World Filtration Congress 13 to be held in spring of 2020. This will be the third World Filtration Congress hosted in North America; the last being in New Orleans in 2004, an event that set the record as the best Congress to date, at the time. Following every World Congress, a host country must wait a minimum of 16 years to re-apply to host the event again.
By way of background, every four years the Global Filtration Societies gather for a World Congress and select the next World Congress. The AFS presented an extensive and detailed proposal at WFC 12 in April in Taipei, Taiwan. Over the years the Congress’s have earned the reputation as the premier global Filtration Conference and Exposition.
Considerable work went into the preparation of the AFS proposal by a team of AFS volunteers over a period of 3 years. The AFS team was led by Wallace Leung, Ph. D., Klaas De Waal, 2016 AFS Chairman, past AFS Chairs: Chris Wallace and Mark Willingham, AFS Treasurer: Todd Furbee, Corporate Sponsor Committee Chair: Rob Bender and Ms. Lyn Sholl, Executive Manager of the AFS.
WFC 13 will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel from April 20-24, 2020 which will include a large number of tracks, speakers from across the globe along with a substantial exposition. More details are expected throughout the remainder of the year and forward for those wishing to participate or exhibit at the San Diego Congress.
The AFS has additional announcements pending regarding its own semi-annual conferences and inner-workings, which will be reported on, as appropriate.
Ed Gregor, co-founder of the AFS said; “In all the years since the AFS formation in 1987, I have never seen such high-level of recent AFS volunteer officers and BOD members, enthusiasm on committees, individual members and dedicated Corporate Sponsors. It has warmed my heart to watch the AFS grow and become the leading filtration organization in North America. There are an almost endless number of followers and people to thank, but none more than the volunteers who actively participated and led the AFS over nearly 30 years to where it is today.”
Visit www.wfc13.com. Additional information will be posted to the WFC website in the coming months.