On behalf of the President (Prof Hokyong Shon, UTS) and Vice President (Dr Geoff Johnston-Hall, Evoqua), we are honoured to have been elected by the membership of the MSA and entrusted with steering the organisation for the next term. While transitioning into this role for the organisation, we would like to recognise and thank the past president Amanda Ellis for her work in helping to shape and strengthen the MSA over the last term. Since the organisation was founded in 2009, the MSA has grown to support an array of networking and service opportunities for membrane researchers, manufacturers and users. In particular, 2018 has been a very active and successful year for the organisation in supporting many regional workshops, conferences, networking events and student awards. However, as a professional organisation we recognise that our industry continues to be challenged by changes in university funding and industry dynamics, and we need to continue to improve the organisation to support the changing needs of our members.
To this end, as the newly elected President and Vice President we convened a strategic planning event in September 2018 using input from the board and a wide range of our members and identified five priorities for the organisation in 2018 – 2019:
- Expanding our membership.
- Encouraging and supporting industry involvement.
- Engaging more with under-represented regions and cities (eg WA, SA, NZ).
- Improving the organisations communication and social media presence
- Preparing a successful ICOM2023 bid
Along with the board of the MSA, we are looking forward to supporting and improving on these goals through 2018-2019.
We look forward to meeting you at an MSA event soon.