Speaker &
Poster Guidelines
Registration &
Short Courses
FiltCon 2018
Exhibits &
Special Events &
Past Conference

FiltCon 2018
April 24 – 25, 2018
Short Courses, April 23, 2018

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The American Filtration & Separations Society is a technical, educational, nonprofit organization started in 1987 to provide a forum for exchange of information among engineers, scientists, and technologists in all areas of the fluid/separation field.  The AFS has predicated its existence on the dissemination of information, education, and the encouragement of research.  Membership is drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds, including end-users, marketing and distribution engineers, product designers, research scientists, raw material designers, company management, consultants, academia, and officials of government.  

  View the Conference Schedule

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to participate in the AFS Spring Conference, FiltCon 2018.  We will have an exciting new format to this conference taking place April 23 – 25, 2018, at the Mystic Lake Conference Center in Prior Lake, MN  This conference will feature 6 plenary sessions, 24 technical sessions to include 4 presentations/session, an expo with booths, a student poster session and networking opportunities. Monday, April 23, will feature a selection of short courses. Educational opportunities on these topics are difficult to find, especially with the level of expertise that you will receive through the AFS.  Leading experts from the filtration and separation industry are the course instructors.

Additionally, AFS FiltCon 2018 will offer 
An Evening with Prince on Monday night and optional tours on Thursday, April 26. Tickets to the Monday night event, will include a cocktail reception, plated dinner, plenary presentation and special entertainment.  The Thursday tour will include a visit to the University of Minnesota Particle Technology Laboratory, followed by a visit to TSI Incorporated. Visit the Special Event & Tour page for further information.

Register for AFS FiltCon!

Please visit this website often for updated information.  If you have questions about the conference, please contact Lyn Sholl, Executive Director at lyn@afssociety.org.  We look forward to your participation at FiltCon 2018, April 23 – 25, 2018, at the Mystic Lake Conference Center in Prior Lake, MN.  Online registration will close Wednesday, April 18!

Interested in attending but need approval? Please 
click here for a customized letter you may use if you need assistance getting approval from your manager to attend AFS FiltCon 2018. You may edit the highlighted sections with your information.

Conference Chairs
John Hancock
Cerex Advanced Fabrics
Mitch McCreary
Lydall Performance Materials
Swarna Agarwal
Parker Hannifin, Inc.
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The deadline for Abstract Submission was Friday, February 2, 2018.
If you missed the deadline but are interested in submitting an abstract, contact AFS Conference Coordinator Deahna Cring

Speaker Guidelines

Click here to download the required AFS Technical Presentation Title Slide

*Company Logos are permitted on all subsequent slides*


All presenting authors  and moderators are required to register to confirm their attendance at the Conference on or before April 13, 2018. Abstracts and presentations will not be included in the technical program, program book or conference proceedings if  online registration has not been completed.  Speakers and moderators are given a reduced registration fee.

Papers or PowerPoint Presentations

All presenters must submit a PowerPoint presentation for inclusion in the Conference “Proceedings”.  Every presentation is required to use the AFS Technical Presentation Title Slide. Company logos are permitted on all subsequent slides. Power point presentations must be submitted to the Management Office by March 23, 2018.   Registered attendees will receive links to the presentations in a password protected web page prior to the conference.  The proceedings will be available for sale through the AFS website after the conference.   Presenters are also encouraged to submit manuscripts to be included in the conference proceedings.  Manuscripts should be a Microsoft Word or PDF document in English. The first page should include the paper title, author(s) names and addresses and the abstract.

Oral Presentation

  1. Oral presentations of contributed papers are strictly limited to 25 minutes, which includes 20-minute presentation and 5-minute discussion.
  2. Copyright Release Form: Please complete and send by email to deahna@afssociety.org.  These will be sent to authors once their abstract has been accepted.
  3. An LCD projector and laptop computer will be provided in each conference room for computer-based PowerPoint presentations. Presentations must be received by March 23.  
  4. All presentations will be reviewed.  Any promotion of a commercial product/process or aggressive use of trade names or other forms of commercialism within the title, text or figures is not permitted in the technical sessions.

If you need additional information or have any questions, please feel free to contact the AFS Executive Office:

Deahna Cring
AFS Conference Coordinator,
American Filtration and Separations Society
618 Church Street, Ste. 520
Nashville, TN 37219
deahna@afssociety.org (email)
615-345-9586 (voice)

Student Posters

Students are encouraged to submit an abstract for the Student Poster competition. 

View the Student Poster Flyer

Presentation of a paper in a poster session provides an opportunity for effective one-to-one communication, as well as increased visual display of your material.

All poster abstracts must be submitted through the online system.

  • Posters are displayed on standing poster panels that are 4′ high x 6′ wide.  The panel is fabric material that utilizes pushpins.
  • Posters should be no larger than 4’h x 3’w.  Two posters will be displayed on both sides of the poster panel
  • All materials should be prepared in advance.  Proper illustration is critical to an effective presentation. The use of large lettering (legible at a distance of 6′ or more) and minimal text is recommended.
  • Illustrations should not be mounted on heavy stock as this makes it difficult to mount them on poster boards.
  • Use of colored ink in printing and colored paper in framing text can be attractive and enhance the paper.
  • Presentation information should follow a logical sequence and include a formal title.

Time will be allowed for each presentation to be mounted on a poster board before the start of each session. The pushpins will be supplied. Please return the pushpins in the containers provided after your poster presentation for the use of other presenters.

Timely collection of materials at the end of the session is the responsibility of the presenter.  Any remaining posters left on boards will be removed and disposed.

There will be no tables in front of the boards.

Student Poster Judging Criteria

Scoring of student posters will be conducted by at least three judges who are members of the AFS Society.  Posters will be judged in four areas:

(1)   The clarity and the support of the stated research OBJECTIVE;

(2)   The overall ORGANIZATION of the poster;

(3)   The clarity and thoroughness of the poster oral PRESENTATION;

(4)   The overall ORIGINALITY of the poster topic.

Conference Registration

View the Conference Schedule

*Conference Schedule is subject to change

Online Registration is now open but will close Wednesday, April 18!  Join the AFS Society and enjoy all the benefits of membership!  Receive significant conference registration discounts, monthly newsletters, Chapter inclusion and more!  

Interested in attending but need approval? Please 
click here for a customized letter you may use if you need assistance getting approval from your manager to attend AFS FiltCon 2018. You may edit the highlighted sections with your information.

AFS Society membership offers discounts for FiltCon 2018 and the Short Courses offered on Monday, April 23, 2018.
Membership TypeMembership Fee
US Individual, International, Canada and Mexico Membership$150
Retired Membership$75
Student Membership$50

Registration Fees, April 24 - 25, 2018

Registration TypeEarly, Jan 11- March 9Regular, March 10 - 26Late, March 27 - April 18
2 Day Speaker/Moderator (Member or Non-member)$400$400$450
1 Day Speaker/Moderator (Member or Non-member)$225$225$255
2 Day Member$625$675$725
2 Day Non-member$775$825$875
1 Day Member (Tuesday or Wednesday)$355$385$415
1 Day Non-member (Tuesday or Wednesday)$495$525$555
Expo Only$75$75$100
Retired, Unemployed or Student$175$200$225
Student with Poster$0$0$0

Short Courses, April 23, 2018

Registration TypeEarly, Jan 11 - March 9Regular, March 10 - 26Late, March 27 - April 13
Member – Full Day, .8 CEU$525$575$625
Non-member – Full Day, .8CEU$675$725$775
Member – Half Day, .4 CEU$395$445$495
Non-member – Half Day, .4 CEU$545$595$645

Cancellation Guidelines

Conference cancellation requests must be received by Thursday, March 15 to receive a refund.  All cancellations are subject to a $50 processing fee.  Contact Deahna Cring, AFS Conference Coordinator, at deahna@afssociety.org to cancel or modify your registration.  Online registration is available through April 18.

Hotel Info

Mystic Lake Conference Center & Resort
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd.
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Hotel Reservation Link
Or call the hotel at 952-445-9000
Toll Free: 800-262-7799
Ask for reservations and refer to the AFS Society Block

AFS Rate: $135/night

AFS Group Rate Reservation Deadline: April 4, 2018


Short Courses

AFS offers a number of unique filtration and separations training short courses. Educational opportunities on these topics are difficult to find, especially with the level of expertise that you will receive through AFS. Leading experts from the filtration and separations are the course instructors. Upon completion, attendees receive certificates of completion and earn CEU credit. To learn additional information on short courses, click on the session title. Short courses may be cancelled one month in advance if registration for the course is low. Registrants who receive notification of cancellation may select another short course or receive a full refund for the course only.

Early registration deadline: Friday, March 9
Regular registration deadline: Monday, March 26
Online registration deadline: Wednesday, April 18

Online registration closes April 18.
Click on the Course titles below for course summary and instructor bio.
Introduction to Solid/Liquid Separation (Liquid Filtration)
(8:00 am - 5:00 pm, 0.8 CEUs)



Advanced Nonwovens in Filtration
(8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Filtration & Separation Media Use & Market
(8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Reverse Osmosis System Design
(8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Liquid Filtration Testing Basics
(1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Air Filtration Market, Technologies and Trends
(1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)
Metal 3D Printing in Filter Manufacturing
(1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)

Expo and Sponsorship

Corporate Sponsor Exhibitor Registration Instructions

AFS FiltCon 2018 Exhibitor & Sponsor Details

View the Expo Floorplan

We invite you to showcase your company at the FiltCon 2018 Expo!  10 x 10 and 10 x 20 booths are available.  Bring additional exposure to your company by becoming a conference sponsor in addition to exhibiting at the conference.  Exhibitors will receive one full conference registration badge and one additional Expo Only badge with two lunch tickets. Additional full conference exhibitor registrations may be purchased for a reduced fee of $500. 

As a benefit of membership, AFS Corporate Sponsors receive first priority in booth purchase and selection at AFS FiltCon 2018. To learn more about all Corporate Sponsor benefits, contact Ed Gregor or 803-431-7427.

Exhibit Booths
10 x 10 Platinum or Premium Corporate Sponsor - $1,00010 x 20 Platinum or Premium Corporate Sponsor - $1,500
10 x 10 Standard Corporate Sponsor - $1,50010 x 20 Standard Corporate Sponsor - $2,000
10 x 10 Non Corporate Sponsor - $1,80010 x 20 Non Corporate Sponsor - $2,300

Sponsorship Opportunities
Event SponsorOther Sponsor Opportunities                 
Continental Breakfast $3,000 (Tues or Wed)Tote bags $2,000                                        
Morning Coffee Break $2,000 (Tues or Wed)Portfolios $2,000
Afternoon Coffee Break $2,000 (Tues or Wed)Lanyards $1,500  
Monday Networking Event $1,500 (Limit two)Proceedings on USB drive $3,000
Tuesday Welcome Reception $6,000Keycards $2,500
Lunch $7,000 (Tues or Wed)
Conference Sponsor (AFS Corporate Sponsor) $500
Conference Sponsor (non-corporate sponsor) $1,000

If you have questions regarding exhibits or sponsorships, please contact Ed Gregor at ecg@egregor.com.  If you have questions regarding the conference, please contact Deahna Cring at deahna@afssociety.org.














Monday Night Networking Event:
An Evening with Prince

Price: $65
6:30 - 7:00 PMCocktail Reception with Blackjack University
7:00 - 8:30 PMDinner & Plenary Presentation
Plenary Speaker: Dr. Subir Bhattacharjee, Water Planet, Inc.
8:30 - 9:30 PMSpecial Entertainment:
Celebrity Prince Impersonator to perform Prince Tribute Show, along with Meet & Greet for photos

Optional Thursday Tours

Price: $35
Limit: 40 Attendees
7:15 AMTour Attendees Depart Hotel (Transportation Provided)
8:00 - 10:00 AMTour of University of Minnesota Particle Technology Laboratory
10:00 - 10:30 AMTravel from UMN to TSI (Transportation Provided)
10:30 - 11:30 AMTour of TSI Incorporated
11:30 AMBus Depart for Airport/TSI Workshop Begins

University of Minnesota Particle Technology Laboratory Tour Description:
Particle Technology Laboratory is the main research facility of CFR (Center for Filtration Research) at University of Minnesota, where performs fundamental filtration research and theoretical modeling, as well as the development of improved experimental methods for filtration research, filter characterization, and filter testing. In this 1.5 hour lab tour, Liquid filtration setup, AMC generation/detection/filtration test setup, Filter loading test setup, Real-life filter test setup and Electrospinning setup will be presented.

TSI Tour Description:
The TSI tour will take place at TSI’s Global Headquarters in Shoreview, Minnesota. During the tour, attendees will be guided around the 142,000 sq. ft. building that holds over 500 local employees. Throughout the tour, attendees will see the production areas where we currently manufacture 2,500 different models from about 25 different product lines; almost all of the TSI products are produced in this facility. The production area is where attendees will see firsthand our lean manufacturing model and how we maintain an all part inventory out to the floor to maximize visibility and efficiency. We will tour our engineering area where new products are developed and attendees will get a glimpse of machine shop where about half of our own machine parts are made as well as our Sales & Marketing area, where the inside sales and support teams are located.

Following the TSI tour, TSI invites guests to spend the remainder of the day at TSI for a hands-on filtration workshop. For those not attending there will be a bus to the airport. (There is a light rail at the airport for those with different final destinations)

**The Thursday Tours must be added to your AFS Conference Registration**
11:30 AM - 12:30 PMSelect Session/Lunch
12:30 - 1:45 PMSession 1
1:45 - 3:00 PMSession 2
3:00 - 3:15 PMBreak
3:15 - 4:30 PMSession 3
4:30 - 4:45 PMWrap-up/Adjourn
4:45 PMBus Departs for Airport

Company Description:
TSI Inc. serves a global market by investigating, identifying and solving measurement problems. As an industry leader in the design and production of precision measurement instruments, TSI partners with research institutions and customers around the world to set the standard for measurements relating to aerosol science, air flow, chemical analysis, indoor air quality, fluid dynamics, biohazard detection, and even scrap metal sorting and plastics identification. With headquarters based in the U.S. and field offices throughout Europe and Asia, TSI has established a worldwide presence in the markets we serve. Every day, our dedicated employees turn research into reality