3 day French/South-African workshop

New frontiers in separation processes & membranes development

a suitable place to share knowledge, network and build new collaborative project

17-19 July 2019

bilateral workshop & 18th STM school, Johannesburg, South Africa

A real platform for thematic exchange between France & South Africa


The University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the UNESCO SIMEV Chair joined hands to organize th first bilateral workshop France/South Africa on membrane development and separation processes for water and air purification in South Africa.

This workshop, held from 17 to 19 July 2019 at the School of Tourism and Hospitality, gathered 70 participants from the academic, political and industrial world around 3 thematic days :

  • Global environmental protection – Water quality in urban areas
  • Sustainable clean water in small communities via membrane processes – Energy supply
  • Global environmental protection – Air quality

Synergies exist !


South Africa offer many possibilities for drinking water and sanitation development projects, thanks to membrane applications. The UJ and UM common goal now, with the support of the UNESCO SIMEV Chair, is to maintain the momentum for concretizing partnerships around joint projects!

The French delegation visited the laboratories of the UJ (Department of Chemical Sciences and Station of Process Technology, Energy and Environment) on Friday 19 July.

First contacts have already offered collaboration opportunities (e.g. student mobility supported by the French Embassy) and open the doors to new projects in response to local needs.

An event shared by 3 institutions of I-site MUSE


6 researchers from IEM (F. Zaviska, G. Lesage, M. Héran, P. Miele, C. Pochat, A. Deratani), a researcher from ICGM (J-L. Pirat) and a researcher from ICSM (S. Pellet-Rostaing), with a representative of the FGWRS® company (P. Magnes) and th communication officer of the UNESCO SIMEV Chair (M. Boucher), actively participated in the event.

IEM is also part of the KIM WATERS – Key Initiative MUSE on water.