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Ion Exchange Workshop (IEW2006) - Advances on Frontiers and Interfaces of Ion Exchange
Antalya, Turkey
June 11-15, 2006

At IEX2004 it was agreed that a workshop devoted to advances in ion exchange should be held similar in format to the Gordon Conferences. Following these conference discussions started over possible venues in the USA and Turkey. The decision was taken to hold the meeting in Turkey because of possible visa problems for potential delegates travelling to the USA. Within Turkey a number of centres were inspected by Profs Kabay and SenGupta following which a hotel in Antalya was chosen. An important consideration was finance and sponsors were sought from international companies in the field of ion exchange and from the Turkish Technical Research Council, universities, and industry. An important decision was to employ a local tour agency to help with organisation thereby removing a considerable workload from the Organising Committee. This proved to be an excellent decision.

This was following by a call for papers, the preparation of a dedicated web-site and invitations to eminent speakers.

In the end 150 delegates attended the workshop from 22 countries with a significant percentage of students; of which 19 were invited speakers (11 countries) and in addition there were 98 poster papers ( 22 countries). One important feature of the Workshop were the Brain-storming Sessions led by two chairmen featuring the topics of: Ultra-pure Water, New Materials in Ion Exchange, and the final session: Ion Exchange can it ever be environmentally benign? These discussion sessions were very wide-ranging and investigated a lot of important topics.

Finally by a lot of good housekeeping and control the Workshop broke even financially. From reports I have received and my own experience of the meeting, everyone found the meeting to be a worthwhile experience giving the opportunity for extended discussion of both oral and poster papers over a wide range of topics. Also because all the delegates were in the same hotel it provided time to meet old friends and make new contacts.

Following the success of this first Workshop the International Committee have decided to repeat the experiment in 2009 in Barcelona. Details will be circulated when available.

Professor Michael Cox
School of Life Sciences
University of Hertfordshire
Herts. AL10 9AB U.K.




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