Planned and organised by SciFora, the first Blending & Segregation Forum in Europe will be hosted by MercuryLab at the U Parkhotel on the campus of the University of Twente 09-12 December 2019.  

SciFora is a non-profit venture which designs, organises and promotes scientific forums in the US, UK and EU. The SciFora forums are small, focused and intense; they offer a platform for academia/industry/vendors scientific gatherings in the fields of pharmaceuticals and adjacent process-based communities.

The multiple events will be organized and steered by the following Scientific Committee:  

  • Thomas Weinhart, Chair-- Multiscale Mechanics, University of Twente
  • Jean LeFloch-- SciFora Scientific Forums

The Scientific Conference portion of the Forum (Tuesday & Wednesday) includes keynote speakers who will anchor four technical sessions:

  • Mike Bradley--Professor in Particle and Bulk Technologu, Director of the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, Head of the Greenwich Manufacturing Group at the University of Greenwich
  • Jan Wieringa-- Lead Scientist, Unilever, NL
  • Paul Mort-- Professor at Purdue University; 24 years of experience at P&G
  • Anthony Thornton--  Professor of Granular Materials, University of Twente and co-founder of MercuryLab
  • Nico Gray-- Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Manchester
  • Stefan Luding-- Professor of Multiscale Mechanics, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente
  • Benjy Marks-- Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering, University of Sydney

The Call for Abstracts is now closed  (see Abstracts & Poster tab for more details)
A Call for Posters is open  

BSF2019-EU will include an optional Monday pre-conference workshop.  A Welcome reception, Poster reception and BSF banquet are also planned.  The optional Monday workshop will start at noon, with registration at 11:30, and the conference will end Wednesday around 17:30.  An optional one-day symposium is scheduled for Thursday.

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BSF combined programme^J with SC

Who should attend?  Anyone interested in understanding and resolving the segregation problems resulting from the blending of dry particulates in the process industries.

  • industrial practitioners, plant engineers, process engineers, machine/process designers, formulation scientists and industrial scientists
  • scientists, scholars, modellers, experimentalists, teachers & students

We hope you can join us for this maiden voyage; your participation in the Blending & Segregation Forum (BSF2019-EU) will help us make it an annual event alternating between North American and European venues.

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Forum structure

Comprising a two-day Scientific Conference and pre-post conference events, the Blending & Simulation Forum (BSF2019-EU) brings together thought/research leaders, students, industrial practitioners and equipment/services providers.
BSF2019-EU provides a small, focused platform for an in-depth discussion of research advances, experimental/numerical applications and the challenges created by the blending & segregation aspects of formulating and manufacturing in the process-driven industries.

Monday workshop (optional)

The Monday workshop and the Thursday symposium are optional events which will be limited to 20 participants each to accommodate lab sizes and promote interactions.

The Monday workshop will convene for registration at 11:30 am on Monday and will start at noon.

Topics covered in the Monday workshop:

  • calibration & validation of numerical simulations
  • calibration & validation methods & challenges
  • Bayesian calibration & uncertainty propagation
  • mixing/segregation case study
  • powder compaction case study

Topics covered in the Thursday Symposium:

  • scientific aspects of rotary tablet presses
  • continuous blending aspects
  • the challenges of punch sticking
  • numerical aspects of die compaction                                      

This 6-hour intense symposium is limited to a small group and gathers presses/compaction experts attending the Conference who are willing to update the group on their recent research.