In March, YLP members were invited to attend a tour of the Saudi Airlines Plant, a private desalination project owned and operated by Moya Bushnak and Kindasa Water Services. The event included presentations that gave a better understanding on Reverse Osmosis technology. It also focused on encouraging industry leadership and entrepreneurship by giving a commercial explanation about the industry.
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) held their annual joint Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition this March in San Antonio, Texas. The highly anticipated 4-day conference was a great success with over 1,000 attendees and 90 exhibitors participating, including 120 technical papers, 47 poster presentations, five pre-conference workshops, and two facility tours.
More than 100 students attended the Young Leaders Program (YLP) event at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) during the 2012 Singapore International Water Week. The event is part of an initiative by the IDA-YLP that aims to communicate the importance of desalination to young professionals around the world. It was supported by the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC), and the National Water Agency of Singapore (PUB).
The IDA Young Leader Program (YLP) has been active in the South American region hosting a successful seminar for chemical engineering students in Argentina. The seminar was a part of COLAEIQ 2012 (Congreso Latinoamericano de Estudiantes de Ingenieria Quimica) an international event in Cordoba, Argentina with 1800 students from 20 countries.