Valencia wins international conference on porous materials

The International Society for Porous Media will head to Spain for the first time in 2019.

Valencia Conference Centre
Valencia Conference Centre

Valencia Conference Centre will host around 700 academics, researchers and professionals working in the field for five days from 5-9 May.

Interpore 2019 will cover both natural porous materials, such as the aquifers where the water drawn from supply and irrigation wells is stored, as well as industrial porous media, like as the materials used to manufacture disposable nappies.

The event is expected to generate more than 2,800 overnight stays in Valencia as well as welcoming 100 non-congress participants to the city.

Chairman of the organising committee, Jaime Gómez, a professor in hydraulic engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de València, said: "The charm of the city of Valencia and the conference centre’s facilities, which can cater for plenary sessions of over 700 delegates, together with multiple parallel sessions, and all on a tight budget, were some of the key factors that led us to choose the centre for the 2019 event."

The Valencia Conference Centre has had a successful start to 2017. In the first nine months of the year, it hosted a total of 65 events attended by 56,141 visitors, representing a 10% rise in events and a 14% increase in visitors compared to the same period in the previous year.

During the past 13 months Valencia City Council has invested €1.8m in the centre, installing new state-of-the-art technology. From January to September it confirmed 69 new events, up 43% on the same period in the previous year.

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