Chairs’ Letter of Invitation
It gives us immense pleasure to welcome delegates from every corner of the globe to Sitges for the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Water Processing, ICSWaP 2016. This new and exciting meeting is dedicated entirely to the latest developments in technology for the sustainable processing and supply of clean water, and the processing and re-use of wastewater.
The global challenges posed by water stress and poor sanitation have assumed a growing urgency in the past decade, tied inextricably to the water-food-energy nexus. Emerging technologies, such as membrane separations and nanotechnology, have emerged as viable large-scale solutions to this issue, with huge breakthroughs in potable water purification, wastewater treatment and re-use, and new membrane and nanomaterials, not to mention the related field of desalination. The conference will highlight particular areas of promising technological development, and support the unifying themes of renewable energy, energy efficiency, nanotechnology, and the ever more important mantra of reduce, reuse and recycle.
Sitges is a delightful picturesque seaside town with oodles of charm: a former fishing village, whose quaint houses and narrow streets have been attracting artists and intellectuals for more than a century. As a nation with limited natural water resources and a rainfall scarcity, Spain itself is in the vanguard of nations which lead the way in facing the challenges of securing a sustainable water supply in the twenty-first century. There really could be no better or more appropriate place to meet for our discussions.
The international Journal of Water Process Engineering is supporting this conference. Launched at the end of 2013, we have already achieved tremendous publication results in this rapidly expanding and hugely important topic. All of our submissions are carefully examined and reviewed to a high standard, so that only the best papers are accepted. This is in no small part due to a great deal of careful and hard work by both the editorial board and the reviewers. The Editors, who are also chairing this conference, look forward to working with the entire water processing community in continuing to establish the Journal of Water Processing as the premier forum for the dissemination of cutting edge research in all aspects of the science and technology of sustainable water processing. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any ideas or suggestions for improving the Journal.
We are delighted to invite you all to these stimulating and fruitful discussions in a most pleasant and conducive atmosphere, with the backdrop of a coastal resort which combines beauty, charm, and hospitality in equal measure. Benvinguda!
Nick Hankins, University of Oxford, UK, and The Oxford Centre for Sustainable Water Engineering (Co-Editor of Journal of Water Process Engineering).
Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Co-Editor of Journal of Water Process Engineering).