GTU Hosts 5th National Symposium on Membrane Technologies and Applications

GTU recently hosted the 5th National Symposium on Membrane Technologies and Applications (MEMTEK 2017), where membrane technologies for water and wastewater management were evaluated.

The symposium is being organized since 2009 and this year GTU was the host. The organization took place between September 21-23 at Cevahir Hotel, Maltepe, Istanbul. The organizing committee was presided by Prof. Bülent Keskinler from the Department of Environmental Engineering at GTU, and the opening ceremony was attended by Prof. Haluk Görgün, Rector, GTU; Recep Akdeniz, Assistant Director, Environmental Management, Ministry of Environment and Urbanization; Prof. Dincer Topacık; Prof. İsmail Koyuncu, Manager, National Membrane Technology Applications and Research Center; Dr. Fatih Turan, General Manager, İSKİ; Prof. Cumali Kınacı, General Manager, Water Management, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs; Prof. Ali Fuat Aydın, Vice Rector, Istanbul Technical University; and many academicians.


The opening speeches of the symposium were made by Prof. Haluk Görgün and the officials. Görgün remarked that the use of membrane technologies and related R&D activities have been increasing as a result of waste treatment applications evolving into wastewater recycling, and that it is of prime importance that studies and qualified human resource in the field increase so that Turkey can take her place in this evolution process. Görgün then stated that he believes the symposium is very important in terms of evaluating and improving the studies conducted for membrane technologies, and reminded the participants that scholars at the Department of Environmental Engineering at GTU have been working on this technology. Görgün also pointed out that the Department has completed many university-industry collaboration-based projects thanks to GTU being closely located to Gebze, Dilovası and Tuzla Organized Industrial Zones, and that it provides knowledge and R&D support for industrial organizations on subjects such as use of clean technology and waste recycling.