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Waterloo Filtration Institute and The Filtration Society Join Forces to Advance Filtration Industry

[Toronto, Canada and Chester, UK - August 21, 2023] – The Waterloo Filtration Institute (WFI) and The Filtration Society (TFS) proudly announce the signing of a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on August 17, 2023. This strategic partnership is poised to drive innovation, knowledge dissemination, and growth within the global filtration and separation industry.

MoU signature Ceremony from left: Mr. Richard Lydon, Secretary General of TFS, Mr. Julian Whitehead, Chair of TFS, Dr. Christine Sun, President of WFI, Dr. Iyad Al-Attar, Strategic Director of WFI, Aug. 17, 2023.

The MoU solidifies the commitment of both WFI and TFS to support and promote the interests of their respective members and supporters. The collaboration will focus on initiatives that bring students and young professionals into the field of filtration and separation, facilitating training and skill development essential for the industry's growth.

As we face major challenges across the global with climate change, population growth and sustainability, people will require cleaner air and water to live. Many of the solutions we will need have yet to be invented & developed so collaboration will be key among leading groups to help this process evolve. Amongst the many requirements for this to occur we will need to encourage many more scientist and engineers to enter the field of Filtration & Separation (F&S) and understand the specialist knowledge required to build businesses and solution of the future in this arena.

TFS and WFI have joined forces with the aim of bridging this gap by making it possible for more students and younger people to enter the world of F&S with the training required for them to grow and develop in the subject.

TFS will provide annual bursaries, funding and training for young people to develop specialist skills on certified WFI courses in areas such as sustainability, the circular economy, new advanced materials for solution towards cleaner gasses and liquid of the future. The first of these students & younger people will be sponsored to join WFI annual conference on Dec 5th & 6th 2023 (WFI 2023) to help learn from leading experts across the world about some of the challenges we face and many of the potential solutions which exist today.

Commenting on the agreement, Richard Lydon, Secretary General TFS said "In order to tackle some of the major global challenges in sustainability, we will need to train, develop & encourage many more engineers, sciences and business leaders into the specialist areas of filtration & separation and develop these into future business collaborators & influencers."

"We are thrilled to embark on this journey with The Filtration Society," stated Dr. Christine Sun, President of WFI. "This partnership aligns perfectly with our mission to advance filtration technologies for a sustainable world, and we eagerly anticipate the positive impact this collaboration will have on young professionals entering our industry."

About Waterloo Filtration Institute

The Waterloo Filtration Institute (WFI) is a global non-profit organization dedicated to propelling the filtration and separation industry towards a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future. Through our comprehensive education programs and robust industry support, we equip individuals with the knowledge, creativity, and skills to drive innovation and excellence. We offer a broad spectrum of resources, from cutting-edge research on filtration technologies to professional certification and networking opportunities. At WFI, we're bridging the gap between academia and industry to advance filtration and separation processes worldwide. Join us in our mission to create a better world through innovative filtration solutions.

About The Filtration Society

The Filtration Society was formed in London in 1964. It is a charitable, non-profit organization established to advance knowledge in the design and use of filtration and separation processes in industry, commerce, teaching and other walks of life. Being the oldest Filtration Society in the world, several filtration organizations and groups around the world can trace their origins back to The Filtration Society. To tackle major global challenges, The Filtration Society is collaborating with other like-minded groups and not-for-profit organizations to work on areas of sustainability and ESG. The aim is to encourage younger people into filtration & separation as well as disseminate information & knowledge about the best solutions available to provide a cleaner, greener and better planet for us all to enjoy.


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