6th Conference on Industrial Fluidization, South Africa

Utilization of Indigenous Resources

IFSA2017 Short Course and Conference Programme

Provisional Conference Programme

We are excited to announce the launch of the provisional programme for the short course and conference. Please find more details on the various sessions, presentations and registration details here.

Three keynote speakers have been announced for the 2017 Conference. Dr. Ted Knowlton (PSRI, USA), Prof. Franz Winter (TU-Vienna, Austria) and Dr. Ben Anthony (Cranfield University, UK) are experts in the field of fluidization, and more details on these three can be found here.

Short Course Information Now Available

The Fluidization Short Course will be held on Tuesday 3 October 2017 and will include an introduction to fluidization, including fundamentals, and modelling fluidized bed reactors. More details on the Short Course can be found here.

Register for IFSA 2017

IFSA 2017 now welcomes delegates to register for the Short Course and the Conference via the Registration Page. If your web browser does not support the web registration form that we use, please email the conference secretariat, using the 'Contact Us' function at the bottom of the page, to request a manual registration form.

Submit Your Manuscript

The Conference Committee are busy processing the abstracts (abstract submissions have been extended to 16 June 2017) and will be in contact with the authors shortly.

The due date for manuscript submission is 14 August 2017. Please follow the author guidelines and manuscript template and upload your manuscript on our website. If you have any queries, please use the ‘contact us’ link at the bottom of this page.

Visit the Registration Page to register now.

Second Announcement and Call for Abstracts

The utilization of indigenous resources, as an idea and a strategy, holds considerable currency these days. It conjures notions of self-sufficiency; it also challenges us to explore neglected resources at our doorstep, and, urgently, to find viable—possibly novel—ways for extracting value from these resources under constrained circumstances. Conventions are changing. New resources such as waste or minerals in low-grade settings slip into focus. The processing of existing resources such as energy from fossil fuels, the culprit fingered in global warming, is being constrained by ever tighter emission controls. Industry will simply have to work more efficiently with resources that are, and in a manner that is, technically challenging. Fluidized beds and the technologies they inhabit, by their flexibility, can meet these challenges. IFSA 2017 will highlight the challenges and measures available to overcome them.

Short Course and Conference

4-5 October 2017

3 October 2017

 Short Course


Due to popular demand, we are returning to Glenburn Lodge, which is situated in the World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind”. This 100 bedroom hotel, conference and spa venue is 30 minutes from both Johannesburg and Pretoria. For local delegates, Lanseria airport is the closest airport to Glenburn lodge. International delegates would fly into Oliver Tambo airport in Johannesburg. Airport transfer arrangements can be made on your behalf. Costs are indicated in the registration form. More details can be found here.


The secretariat invites interested scientists, engineers, students, plant operators and suppliers. Although the conference emphasizes industrial applications of fluidization and related technologies, any contribution on the following topics is welcome:


  • Clean coal and renewable energy
  • Chemical and metallurgical applications
  • Modelling and computational fluid dynamics
  • Fluidization fundamentals
  • Auxiliary processes and novel applications

The short course will cover fundamentals and applications, with an emphasis on applications.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended to 16 June 2017. Abstracts may be submitted through the website or by email to the secretariat.

IFSA 2017 Conference Fees

Two Days
4 & 5 October 2017
(R5,500 Early Bird rate - register before 3 May 2017)
  Conference only -  Includes welcome cocktail party on the 3rd October and dinner on the 4th October, attendance at the conference (2 days), refreshment breaks (x3), lunches and conference proceedings on USB.   Excludes accommodation, transportation, meals and accommodation for accompanying persons, additional meals, drinks not at function and tour organisation. 

Accommodation has been reserved by IFSA at the same hotel as the conference (Glenburn Lodge) and can be booked separately on the registration form.

IFSA Short Course
Tues,  3 October 2017
  Refreshments and notes are included.

Visit the Registration Page to register now.

Milestone Dates

The provisional milestone dates are as follows:

31 March 2017

Submission of abstracts
16 June 2017

Submission of abstracts - extension
19 June 2017

Acceptance of abstracts
14 August 2017

Submission of manuscripts
28 August 2017

Return of reviewers' comments
11 September 2017

Submission of final papers
26 September 2017

Submission of MS Powerpoint presentations





  • Mintek
  • Sasol
  • Eskom
  • KZN
  • Babcock
  • PTA
  • CSIR
  • DST
  • A-Thermal
  • University of Johannesburg
  • NCPC