To provide a forum to facilitate the exchange of information and experience on membrane technology for water and wastewater management. Organise conferences, symposia, demonstrations and plant visits. Develop educational courses and workshops for academics and membrane end users. Identify research needs and current problem areas. To stimulate awareness of the potential of membrane technology in the user community.

Membership is open to all stakeholders in membranes for water and effluent management. Membership is free if you are a WISA member, otherwise WISA membership fees are payable.

A conference/workshop is held every two years during which papers, posters and courses are presented. Students and private companies and practitioners are especially encouraged to participate.


Research on synthetic membranes will aim to develop, implement and use cost-effective membranes and membrane systems to purify or treat water for potable use, industrial reuse or the abatement of environmental pollution, in the interests of all South Africans.


The Membrane Technology Division (MTD) of the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) developed out of the South African Membrane Separation Interest Group (SAMSIG), which had been active since the early eighties. During one of SAMSIG`s biennial conferences, held at Wilderness in 1989, it was decided to affiliate with WISA and remodel this membrane interest group into a Technical Division of WISA.

Email: ps.admin@wisa.org.za for more information.