Water Conference 2019
Water Conference 2019
Albert Szent-Györgyi, Nobel laureate, often called the father of modern biochemistry, had plenty to say about water. Most famous: “Water is the matrix of life”; and “Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.” These oft-mentioned quotes typify the theme of the annual water conference. We focus on the fundamentals, right down to the core.
The Water Conference 2019 boasts several new features. First is the new venue: Bad Soden, Germany located near Frankfurt. The new location is easily accessible, will encourage more participation, and is in accord with the high-level, international nature of the conference.
We will miss our endeared former venue, Sofia, Bulgaria, for all its warmth and sophistication. The new German venue will continue with the same intimate flavor. Furthermore, it will attract more exhibitions, in which front-line demonstrations of new water-related technologies will complement the continuing front-line presentations.
A word about the exhibitions. Water-related technologists can display their wares in a devoted hall. Conferees can wander, chat, network, and obtain information on the latest water-related technologies. Visit Exhibitor Info to learn about becoming an exhibitor.
Posters will continue as usual. An evening session (with wine, of course) will be reserved for looking at posters and speaking with presenters. Learn more.
Additional options are available, including taking a local tour of Bad Soden, and participating in a workshop.
And of course, some free time to wander and enjoy the local sights.
The series of conferences began in 2005, in Vermont. Local sponsors set the venue at a ski resort, off season. After eight years, it moved to Bulgaria, a country rich in mineral spring waters. There, we held meetings at various mountain resorts with genuinely breathable fresh air, and ultimately, for easier travel, in Sofia. Recognizing the limits on accessibility even to that major city, we opted finally to move to the current location, Bad Soden, a lovely German town in easy driving distance from Frankfurt Airport, with excellent conference facilities. Getting there should be convenient.
In continuing tradition, speakers are carefully selected not only for their breakthrough science, but also for their ability to convey their messages to non-expert audiences. That’s been a highlight. Previous speakers have included prominent scientists from all over the world, including Vladimir Voeikov (Prigogine Gold Medal winner), Luc Montagnier (Nobel Prize), Jacob Israelachvili (US National Academy of Science), Brian Josephson (Nobel Prize), Alexander Konovalov, (Akademician, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Rector emeritus, Kazan University). They’ve also included young people with stunning experimental findings. Occasionally, eyes pop, and jaws drop.
Leadership is split. Gerald (Jerry) Pollack has charge of all scientific presentations, including the agenda. Tom Meyer is our new director as of 2019. He will oversee the conference now located in Germany. For questions, the go-to person is Maya Lihtina firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gerald Pollack, PhD, Founder and Chair of the Conference, Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington; Editor in Chief of Journal “Water”; Executive Director of the Institute for Venture Science and a leader in the field of water science. Pollack has received numerous awards and is the author of several books on water — the latest being “The Fourth Phase of Water.”
Tom’s signature achievement is the establishment of a financial platform in SE Asia that enables WTI to finance and import many new technologies in the areas of renewable and alternative power generation and clean air/water technologies. In addition, he has carried out many nonprofit/charitable projects, with the aim of benefiting the people of the ASEAN and satisfying the economic and social needs of their communities. He currently serves on the board of advisers to the DMSB Foundation.
Acknowledgements and Credits
360 Web Firm built the archive of speakers on this website, and tirelessly makes sure our servers are humming along.
Ethan Pollack, son of Gerald Pollack, designed and built much of this website’s 2019 face-lift, with help from Tony Thomson, South Australia.
Ashley Sheppard has donated many hours editing conference video.