AFS Fall Conference
AFS Fall Conference
Short Courses
AFS Fall Conference
AFS Fall Conference
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September 11 - 12, 2018

Short Courses, Monday, September 10, 2018

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to participate in the AFS Fall Conference, Challenges in Filtration and Separation.  The conference will take place September 19 – 20, 2017 in St. Louis, MO.  The conference will feature 6 plenary sessions, 18 technical sessions to include 4 presentations/session, tabletop exhibits, a student poster session and networking opportunities.  Monday, September 18 will feature a selection of short courses.  Educational opportunities on these topics are difficult to find, especially with the level of expertise that you will receive through the AFS.  Leading experts from the filtration and separation industry will instruct the courses which are small, classroom style settings.
During this conference, participants will have the opportunity to network and expand your exposure to the men and women who can:
  • Increase understanding and appreciation of filtration and separation technologies
  • Broaden your knowledge of applications for filtration and separation technologies
Abstract submission for this conference will open the first week of May.  Be an active part of the conference by giving a technical presentation or showcasing your company with a tabletop exhibit.  Students who submit for either a poster or oral/poster presentation are given a free conference registration and will enter into the student poster competition to win cash prizes.
Please visit this website often for updated information.  If you have questions about the conference, please contact Deahna Cring, AFS Conference Coordinator at deahna@afssociety.org or Lyn Sholl, Executive Director at lyn@afssociety.org.  We look forward to your participation at the AFS Challenges in Filtration & Separation Conference, September 18 – 20, 2017 at the Marriott St. Louis Airport.
Conference Chairs
Shagufta Patel                                    Andrew Goodby                                  Zhongchao Tan
Parker Hannifin Corporation                 AHLSTROM-MUNSKJÖ                      University of Waterloo
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Abstract Submission Categories
Air FiltrationModeling & Simulation
Chemical Assisted SeparationsNanotechnology for Filtration and Separation
Filtration & Separation FundamentalsNatural Gas/LNG
Filtration and Separation in EnergyNew and Alternative Technologies
Gas/Liquid SeparationsProduced Water Processing
Liquid/Liquid SeparationsRaw Materials
Measurement/TestingSolid/Liquid Filtration & Pretreating
Media TechnologyIAQ
Medical Applications

Instructions for Presenters

Abstract Submission/Speaker Guidelines

  • The length of the abstract should be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 500 words.
  • The length of title should be a maximum of 15 words.
  • The abstract should describe the topic of the presentation and be written in such a way to attract interest from potential conference attendees.
  • The abstract should briefly address the following questions:
    • What is the talk/research work about?
    • How do you do the work/research?
    • Why is the work/research necessary?
    • What are the social and/or economic aspects of the work?
    • What is unique, novel or significant about the development?
  • The abstract should be submitted with at least 5 key words identified.  


All presenting authors and moderators are required to register to confirm their attendance at the Conference on or before September 12, 2017. Abstracts and presentations will not be included in the technical program, program book or conference proceedings if online registration has not been completed.  Speakers and moderators are given a reduced registration fee.

Papers or PowerPoint Presentations

All presenters must submit a PowerPoint presentation for inclusion in the Conference “Proceedings”.  Power point presentations must be submitted to the Management Office by September 1, 2017.   Registered attendees will receive links to the presentations in a password protected web page prior to the conference.  The proceedings will be available for sale through the AFS website after the conference.   Presenters are also encouraged to submit manuscripts to be included in the conference proceedings.  Manuscripts should be a Microsoft Word or PDF document in English. The first page should include the paper title, author(s) names and addresses and the abstract.

Oral Presentation

  1. Oral presentations of contributed papers are strictly limited to 25 minutes, which includes 20-minute presentation and 5-minute discussion.
  2. Copyright Release Form: Please complete and send by email to deahna@afssociety.org.  These will be sent to authors once their abstract has been accepted.
  3. An LCD projector and laptop computer will be provided in each conference room for computer-based PowerPoint presentations. Presentations must be received by September 1. 
  4. All presentations will be reviewed.  Any promotion of a commercial product/process or aggressive use of trade names or other forms of commercialism within the title, text or figures is not permitted in the technical sessions.

If you need additional information or have any questions, please feel free to contact the AFS Executive Office:

Deahna Cring
AFS Conference Coordinator,
American Filtration and Separations Society
618 Church Street, Ste. 520
Nashville, TN 37219
deahna@afssociety.org (email)
615-345-9586 (voice)

Student Posters

Students are encouraged to submit an abstract for the Student Poster competition.  Additional information will be posted to this page as it is confirmed.  

Presentation of a paper in a poster session provides an opportunity for effective one-to-one communication, as well as increased visual display of your material.

All poster abstracts must be submitted through the online system.

  • Posters are displayed on standing poster panels that are 4′ high x 6′ wide.  The panel is fabric material that utilizes pushpins.
  • Posters should be no larger than 4’h x 3’w.  Two posters will be displayed on both sides of the poster panel
  • All materials should be prepared in advance.  Proper illustration is critical to an effective presentation. The use of large lettering (legible at a distance of 6′ or more) and minimal text is recommended.
  • Illustrations should not be mounted on heavy stock as this makes it difficult to mount them on poster boards.
  • Use of colored ink in printing and colored paper in framing text can be attractive and enhance the paper.
  • Presentation information should follow a logical sequence and include a formal title.

Time will be allowed for each presentation to be mounted on a poster board before the start of each session. The pushpins will be supplied. Please return the pushpins in the containers provided after your poster presentation for the use of other presenters.

Timely collection of materials at the end of the session is the responsibility of the presenter.  Any remaining posters left on boards will be removed and disposed.

There will be no tables in front of the boards.

Student Poster Judging Criteria

Scoring of student posters will be conducted by at least three judges who are members of the AFS Society.  Posters will be judged in four areas:

(1)   The clarity and the support of the stated research OBJECTIVE;

(2)   The overall ORGANIZATION of the poster;

(3)   The clarity and thoroughness of the poster oral PRESENTATION;

(4)   The overall ORIGINALITY of the poster topic.

Conference Registration

Join the AFS Society and enjoy all the benefits of membership!  Receive significant conference registration discounts, monthly newsletters, quarterly publication to Filtration Solutions Journal and more!

AFS Society membership offers discounts for the Challenges in Filtration & Separation Conference, September 19 and 20 and the short courses offered on Monday, September 18.
Membership TypeMembership Fee
US Individual, International, Canada and Mexico Membership$150
Retired Membership$75
Student Membership$50

Registration Fees, September 19 - 20, 2017

Registration TypeEarly 5/23– 7/21Regular 7/22- 8/14Late 8/15 - 9/20
2 Day Speaker, Member/Non-member$400$400$450
1 Day Speaker$225$225$255
2 Day Member$625$675$725
2 Day Non-member$775$825$875
1 Day Participant Member$355$385$415
1 Day Participant Non-member$495$525$555
Retired, Unemployed or Student$175$200$225
Student with Poster$0$0$0
Additional Exhibitor Conference Registration$500$500$550

Short Courses, September 18, 2017

Registration TypeEarly 5/23 - 7/21Regular 7/22- 8/14Late 8/15 - 9/20
Member – Full Day, .8 CEU$525$575$625
Non-member – Full Day, .8CEU$675$725$775
Member – Half Day, .4 CEU$395$445$495
Non-member – Half Day, .4 CEU$545$595$645

Cancellation Guidelines

Conference cancellation requests must be received by Friday, August 11 to receive a refund.  All cancellations are subject to a $50 processing fee.  Contact Deahna Cring, AFS Conference Coordinator, at deahna@afssociety.org to cancel or modify your registration.  Online registration is available through September 12.

Hotel Info

Marriott St. Louis Airport
10700 Pear Tree Lane
St. Louis, MO 63134
(314) 423-9700

Single/Double:  $124
Book your group rate for American Filtration 
AFS Group Rate Reservation Deadline: August 25, 2017

Hotel's Early Departure Fee Policy - In the event that a guest who has reserved a room checks out prior to the guest's reserved checkout date, an early departure fee of 50% of one night's room and tax will be charged.  To avoid this fee, inform the hotel at or before check-in of any change in the scheduled length of stay.  


Short Courses

AFS offers a number of unique filtration and separations training short courses. Educational opportunities on these topics are difficult to find, especially with the level of expertise that you will receive through AFS. Leading experts from the filtration and separations are the course instructors. Upon completion, attendees receive certificates of completion and earn CEU credit. To learn additional information on short courses, click on the session title. Short courses may be cancelled one month in advance if registration for the course is low. Registrants who receive notification of cancellation may select another short course or receive a full refund for the course only.

Registration is now open! Prices below indicate early/regular/late registration fees.
Click on the Course titles below for course summary and instructor bio.
Basic Solid-Liquid Separation (Liquid Filtration)
(8:00 am - 5:00 pm, 0.8 CEUs)



Introduction to Air/Gas Filtration
(8:00 am - 5:00 pm, 0.8 CEUs)



Nanofiber Technology in Filtration
(8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Filtration & Separation Media Use and Market
(8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Microfiltration Membrane
(8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Opportunity Analysis, Strategic Planning and Risk Mitigation for the Small to Mid-Size Filtration and/or Separations Business
(8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Ultrafiltration Membrane
(1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)
Air Filtration Market, Technologies and Trends
(1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)
Reverse Osmosis System Design
(1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Metal 3D Printing in Filter Manufacturing
(1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Exhibits and Sponsorship

We look forward to your participation as a tabletop exhibitor at the Challenges in Filtration & Separation Conference!  Tabletop displays are available at AFS Fall Conferences.  Bring additional exposure to your company by becoming a conference sponsor in addition to exhibiting at the conference.  Continental Breakfasts, coffee breaks and the Networking reception taking place Tuesday evening will take place in the exhibits area.

  • Platinum or Premium Corporate Sponsor - Waived
  • Standard Corporate Sponsor - $1,000
  • Non-Corporate Sponsor - $1,500
  • Electricity - $25

  • Platinum Corporate Sponsor, Conference Sponsor - Waived
  • Standard or Premium Corporate Sponsor, Conference Sponsor - $500
  • Non-Corporate Sponsor, Conference Sponsor - $1,000
  • Continental Breakfast $3,500
  • AM Break $1,500
  • PM Break $1,500
  • Luncheon $6,000
  • Tuesday Networking Reception $4,500
  • Tote bags $2,000
  • Lanyards $1,000

Contact Deahna Cring, AFS Conference Coordinator with questions, deahna@afssociety.org.














Optional Tour

Join us for an optional tour at Anheuser-Busch on Thursday, September 21, from 9:00 - 11:00am.
This tour will be an up-close and intimate look at the filtration and engineering process that goes into brewing beer.
Transportation will be provided.

All attendees must wear close-toed shoes. Anheuser-Busch will provide safety toe covers assuming people will not have steel toe shoes.
All tour attendees will need to comply with a No Jewelry Policy. If a ring cannot be removed then it will be taped to avoid loss.
Part of the tour is in a cold area, so attendees may want to bring a light coat or sweater.
All other personal protective equipment will be provided.
Price: $30
Limit: 30 individuals

Please remember to add this optional tour to your online registration!


Hotel - Airport Shuttle

The Marriott St. Louis Airport provides complimentary, 24 hour shuttle service to and from St. Louis Lambert International. Shuttles depart the hotel and pick up at the airport every 20 minutes, starting at the top of each hour.
Hotel shuttle pick up location is on the lower level next to baggage claim. The exit is marked MT 18.
Hotel shuttle pick up location is on the lower level next to baggage claim. The exit is market ET 15.