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Taiwan Delegation Wins Hosting Rights for 2016 WFC12

The filtration research team of the Taiwan Chemical and Engineering Society defeated rivals from various countries, successfully claiming the right to host the 2016 12th World Filtration Congress (WFC12), plus was awarded“The Best International Convention Bidding Plan Gold Award". The people behind the success include Tamkang University Department of Chemical Engineering's Professor Guo-zhen Huang and Professor Dong-wen Zheng, Chung Yuan Christian University Department of Chemical Engineering's Professor Qing-rong Zhuang, National Taiwan University Department of Chemical Engineering's Professor Guo-lun Tong, and several others.

Previous WFCs were held in the U.S.A. and Europe—United Kingdom in 2000, United States in 2004, Germany in 2008, and Austria in 2012—thus it was a natural step for the next WFC12 to be held in Asia. The International Delegates of Filtration, INDEFI, has only three Asian members, including Taiwan, Mainland China, and Japan. Professor Guo-zhen Huang assessed that Taiwan's odds at winning were quite promising and took the initiative to propose a bid.

Professor Huang indicated that as early as 2000, scholars in the Taiwan field of filtration technology were already actively involved in INDEFI activities, constantly publishing papers, delivering speeches to the association, and establishing trust and friendships with INDEFI. Taiwan officially became a Member State in 2007. Long-term relations are one of the main reasons why Taiwan was successful in facing strong competitors from around the world. That, matched with comprehensive planning, full support from the government, cooperation among team members, Taiwan's unique culture and landscape, and the excellent facilities offered by the Taipei International Convention Center all contributed immensely to this achievement.

Expected to attract an estimated 2,500 domestic and foreign visitors from more than 40 countries

Professor Huang states that WFC12 is expected to attract an estimated 2,500 domestic and foreign visitors from more than 40 countries. He believes that, aside from establishing international academic authority in the filtration industry, hosting WFC12 in Taiwan will create opportunities for younger scholars to participate in international academic activities, as well as facilitate internationalization for Taiwan academia. Moreover, it could be a promotional platform for the Taiwan membrane filtration and separation industry in international exhibitions, so as to stimulate commercial activities and industrial development. The added value generated from local culture and tourism should not be underestimated, as well. He expressed, "Having won the rare opportunity to host in Taiwan, we must be sure to impress the world with the 2016 WFC, so that Taiwan may shine in this international professional arena."

Professor Huang is certain of the effectiveness of the Taiwan MICE Advancement Program, and attributes the success of winning the bidding gold prize to the support from all related industries. He hopes that in addition to academia, the next four years of "Taiwan’s MICE Industry Pilot Program" will be offered continuous support from both the government and the MICE industry.