Brisbane, Australia, 3-6 July, 2018 (


Prof Mikel Duke and Dr Simon Smart

The Euromembrane 2018 conference will 
be held in Valencia (Spain) from 9-13 July, 2018. This is the main 
event on membrane technology held in Europe.
Submissions from Africa are encouraged!

African Membrane Society 2nd International Congress, AMSIC-2   2018,

July 29 2018 – August 2nd, 2018, UNISA, Johannesburg, South Africa -

The First International Symposium on Nanomaterials and Membrane Science for Health, Water, Energy and Environment - NMS 2018 October 11th and 12th,2018 Marrakech – Morocco


Academic-Industry partnerships in Africa



Workshop on the Science of Water (Bamako 2010)

MSAS Bamako, 2010 Photos

Welcome to the African Membrane Society site.

Our vision is to prepare and train a critical mass of experts all across Africa in the field of membrane science, water treatment processes and sustainable energy technologies.

September 2017 Newsletter -(French)

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Newsletter Editorial notes, Sept 2017


Abdoulaye Doucouré
President of AMSIC African Membrane Society

Demographic Factors 2015-2017: What associative issues for the coming years?

In December 2017 AMSIC members vote to renew the Board of Directors of the Association (12 posts). Thus, it seemed useful to us to compile some associative demographic data to appreciate the progress made in three years and to clarify the issues that we will face very soon. The first observation is that AMSIC is still present and it is an exchange platform particularly useful for those interested in the emergence of membrane and filtration processes in Africa. The second observation is the effort of the members of the association, which has been supported by other academic and industrial structures whose scientific expertise has been beneficial (The projects have thus benefited from a better technical visibility). The third observation is the growing community of scientists and professionals based in Africa, who joined the association. A trend that we must rejoice.

At the end of 2017, the AMSIC has close to 90 members spread across the continent's five economic centers (Fig. 1). Half of the members reside in West Africa, those living in North Africa and in other regions of the world, each mobilize one-fifth of the membership. The representatives of the other three continental areas make up the tenth of our members, the majority of whom live in South Africa. One of the immediate concerns of the association is to speed up recruitment in Southern Africa and Central Africa; regions in which the presence of AMSIC remains low.

One third of the 54 African countries have at least one member among the members, making a total of 18 nations. Regional sharing, shown in Figure 2, reflects the presence of AMSIC in terms of the number of countries per region. The other regions of the world have 17 members residing in France, the USA, Italy, the Sultanate of Oman and Malaysia. Recall that the associative vision is to form a critical mass of experts specialized in membrane filtration and technologies associated with sustainable energies. Thus, the association will work for a better continental representation of the AMSIC, with a target of 27 to 36 countries by 2023 - that is to say at least one member per country.


Fig. 1: Geographical distribution


More generally, the associative philosophy adopted, encourages any action conducive to the emergence of a scientific, technological and industrial culture capable of responding to the challenges facing the continent during the 21st century - demographic boom, climate change, food priorities and health, energy needs, security challenge, etc ...


Fig. 2: Number of countries in each region


Internal statistics (Figure 3) show that the male AMSIC population is more than 4 times that of women. This disparity also prevails at the level of the Board of Directors of AMSIC. Although proportionally small, women members play a vital role in capacity building and their contribution has a remarkable influence on the dynamism and scientific reach of the network. However, there is an urgent need to reduce these gender disparities and concrete measures will be proposed just after the election of the new Board of Directors in early 2018.


Fig. 3: Distribution by gender (% men, women)


The comparison of professional and student categories (Figure 4) highlights another imbalance that deserves special attention. Indeed, students and researchers at the beginning of their careers represent only 15% of the associative workforce. However, they actively participate in the international meetings in which AMSIC is involved.

Fig. 4: Classification by sector of activity


From now on, it is necessary to be even more vigilant to ensure that young researchers and students join the network of associations and get involved in the different committees. Remember that they can register without any fees. As for the professionals of the university world, they are 2.5 times more numerous than the specialists of the industry. AMSIC strives to offer technical platforms (eg scientific meetings) in which academic and industrial players can jointly design research projects that are both innovative and capable of integrating needs motivated by certain societal priorities.


Fig. 5: Projection of population growth

Since 2014, membership has grown from 35 to almost 90 members. This growth is based first of all on the mobilizations made during international meetings. It is by adopting a more aggressive strategy and using the modern tools of information and communication technologies that the associative workforce can possibly double by 2020.

Since 2014, membership has grown from 35 to almost 90 members. This growth is based first of all on the mobilizations made during international meetings. It is by adopting a more aggressive strategy and using the modern tools of information and communication technologies that the associative workforce can possibly double by 2020.

Conclusion The expansion of the AMSIC network is strategic because it will amplify the opportunities for exchange of experiences and transfer of knowledge to different parts of the continent, and at the same time between Africa and other regions of the world. In order to realize the associative vision that aims to form a critical mass of experts across ALL of Africa, it is imperative to speed up recruitment at the level of states that have no presence in our network. Thus in five years two thirds of African countries could participate in AMSIC.
In addition, we are aware of the challenges posed by the low representativeness of young researchers, student layers and also women within our association. The new Board of Directors will be asked to propose strategies capable of stimulating sustainable representative transformations from 2018.


February 2017 Newsletter -English

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Newsletter Editorial notes, Feb 2017


Edward Nxumalo
Associate Professor
University of South Africa

The 2nd African Membrane Society International Congress (AMSIC-2) will be held in the City of Johannesburg (South Africa)  from the 29th of July to the 1st of August 2018. The AMSIC-2 will be hosted by the Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability (NanoWS) Research Unit of the University of South Africa (UNISA) The NanoWS Research Unit is situated in the UNISA’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology at the Science Campus in Florida (West of the City of Johannesburg). The NanoWS Research Unit has various focus areas of research under which numerous strategic projects relating to nanotechnology and water research are developed. Research topics that will be addressed during AMSIC-2   include, among others:

UF, NF, RO, FO and mixed matrix membranes (fabrication and applications),
Fabrication and modification of ceramic, ceramic-polymeric and hollow fibre membranes,
Composites, nanocomposites, nanomaterials in filtration,
Membranes coupled with renewable energy sources,
Hybrid membrane filtration systems.

This event aims to capture key technological advances in fields heavily dependent on membrane filtration such as Water, Biotechnology and Biomedical sciences, Microelectronics, Chemical Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, and Power Generation.  

As for membrane studies devoted to water, we will consider water purification projects, analytical/environmental research, urban water cycle and rural community development as well as bioremediation and analysis. The NanoWS research Unit is therefore well poised to host the AMSIC-2. We look forward to welcoming you to the City of Johannesburg in 2018!