Every four years members of the global particle technology community converge to share their latest insights and applications to industrial, academic, and civil problems, and also to decide which will be the next venue for the celebration of the next edition of the World Congress on Particle Technology (WCPT), the world’s major scientific congress for particle and bulk solids technology, an international forum for research, technological development and innovation in new technologies. In the World Assembly for Particle Technology held in Orlando, Florida, United States of America, the 23rd April 2018, a proposal to host the next World Congress on Particle Technology (WCPT9) was presented by Prof. Carlos Manuel Negro Álvarez and Prof. Álvaro Ramírez Gómez on behalf of the Spanish Association of Chemists and Chemical Engineers (ANQUE). A decision was reached to celebrate the next WCPT9 in Madrid, Spain, in September 2022. For WCPT9, Prof. Carlos Manuel Negro Álvarez (Congress Chair), from the Complutense University of Madrid, Prof. Álvaro Ramírez-Gómez (Scientific Chair), from the Technical University of Madrid and Dr. Hermann Feise (International Advisory Committee Chair) from BASF, together with 8 EFCE-WPs (WP Agglomeration, WP Comminution and Classification, WP Characterization of Particulate Systems, WP Crystallization, WP Drying, WP Mechanics on Particulate Solids, WP Mixing and WP Multiphase Fluid Flow) will define the strategy that will aim to promote the inclusiveness of the industry and the academia as in previous WCPT editions. The main aim will be to engage the whole community on particle technology in the different continents and their countries through an outreach and promotion program specifically designed for this purpose. Support is received from EFCE, DECHEMA, FEIQUE, and QS (Foro de Química y Sociedad).
Passing on the baton in Orlando, Florida, during the closing ceremony of WCPT8. Prof. Álvaro Ramírez-Gómez (WCPT9-Scientific Chair) taking over from Dr. Ray Cocco (WCPT8-Congress)
During the celebration of the 1st International Conference on Processing, Handling and Characterization of Particulate Materials (PARMAT2017) organized by eight Working Parties of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) and in the frame of the WCCE10-ECCE11-ECAB4, Prof. Rimantas Kačianauskas from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University received a commemorative plaque on behalf of the Working Party on Mechanics of Particulate Solids for his outstanding contributions to the field.
Prof. Rimantas Kačianauskas (right) receiving the commemorative plaque from Prof. Álvaro Ramírez-Gómez (left), chairman of the Working Party on Mechanics of Particulate Solids of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering
The European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) godfathered the Bulk Solids Centre Czech Republic (BSC) providing during all this time advice, guidance and experience through the Working Party on Mechanics of Particulate Solids (WPMPS). This new workplace in the Czech university is an open space for international collaborations across Europe and beyond in fields associated with bulk solids handling. Here, you will find a research group plenty of energy and enthusiasm headed by Prof. Jiri Zegzulka, internationally recognised for his expertise in this field, with modern facilities, tools and equipment to face new challenges.
The opening ceremony of BSC was on 8th April 2016 in the Innovation Centre VSB-TU Ostrava. The Working Party on Mechanics of Particulate Solids of EFCE represented by its chairman Prof. Álvaro Ramírez-Gómez opened the centre.
The opening ceremony (from the left): Assoc. Prof. S. Mišák, Assoc. Prof. A. Király,
Prof. Dr. Á. Ramírez-Gómez, Prof. Dr. J. Zegzulka