October 15-17, 2019

Tehran – I.R. Iran


IORA Regional Centre for Science & Technology Transfer (RCSTT)

Sharif University of Technology, Institute of Water and Energy (IWE)


In Cooperation with:

The Institute of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization (ISDMU), Tianjin, SOA, China

(IORA RCSTT Coordination Centre on Desalination Technology)

Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST)

Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM-Tehran), under the auspices of UNESCO

Organizing Committee:

Dr. Tahereh Miremadi, RCSTT,

Dr. Ali Asghar Alamolhoda, IWESUT,

Ms. Fereshteh Moradi, RCSTT,

Dr. Bijan Rahimi, Sharif University,

Dr. Soheila Shokrollahzadeh, IROST,

Dr. Ali Chavoshian, Director, RCUWM-Tehran,

Dr. Madjid Abbaspour, SUT,


Seawater and unconventional water sources (such as brine discharge from operational desalination plants, wastewater, produced, mine, and hypersaline waters) contain large quantities of valuable salts, minerals, and chemical elements. On the other hand, the severity of potential environmental impacts of the unconventional sources is one of the critical issues, in recent years.

The goal of this workshop is to introduce commercialized, developed and state-of-the-art technologies, environmental impacts and marketing of salts and chemicals extraction from the above-mentioned unconventional water sources, with the aim of reducing the environmental impacts, producing and utilization of salts and chemicals as by-products, and exploring marketing activities and international trade.


  • Establishing relations between specialists in the field of salt extraction as a trans-regional measure
  • Trying to develop a regional market through the exchange of information and experiences
  • Exchange of information on existing and new technologies in this field
  • Attracting local and foreign investors to develop related technologies
  • Changing the views of the water desalination industry stakeholders in relation to the saline water produced by desalination systems as a valuable resource

Programme Topics

  1. Extraction of valuable (such as Magnesium, Bromine, Silicon, Manganese, etc.) and trace elements (such as iodine, lithium, cesium and deuterium, etc.) including methods and technologies
  2. Salts and chemicals marketing, economic values, and the possibility of international trade
  3. Technical and economic feasibility of the extraction processes (commercialized and state-of-the-arts methods)
  4. Environmental impacts and energy requirements of extraction processes
  5. Dual-purpose desalination plants with both water and, valuable salts and chemicals productions (technologies, economic and worldwide experiences)
  6. Salts and chemicals extraction from produced water, hypersaline water, and mine water sources (technologies, economic and worldwide experiences)

Target Group

Experts from IORA Member States/Dialogue Partners, R&D institutions, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs involved in technology development with wide experience in chemicals extraction from saline waters are invited to attend this workshop. The participants should have a rich specialized knowledge of technology applications including technology transfer in the field of salts and chemicals extraction from saline waters and the related areas.

Proposed Site Visit:

Sangineh Mining Co.: Sanat St., Garmsar Industrial Town, Garmsar, Semnan, Iran (about 2 hours car- driving distance from Tehran)


Each IORA Member State is invited to nominate one representative (expert in mineral extraction, desalination technology and related fields) to participate in the programme on the recommendation of the focal points of the respective country. Upon request to the organizing committee, a second participant may also be accepted under certain conditions.

All participants are required to complete the registration by filling the Registration Form provided in Annex-I, including a short profile/ bio-data (max. 200 words), with endorsement of the IORA Focal Point in their countries. Completed Registration Forms, copy of passport and personal photo must be sent to the RCSTT Secretariat through email to,, and a copy to IORA Secretariat at by September 1, 2019.

Participants are required to give a Country Report presentation at the workshop outlining their country experiences about the workshop content. An electronic version of the presentation and a Microsoft word format of the presentations should be forwarded via email at least two weeks before the meeting.


Full hospitality will be provided for one participant per Member State. It will include air ticket (economy class), hotel/guest house accommodation, meals and transport to and from the airport.

The second participant will be accepted under a local hospitality, that is, he/she will be provided only with hotel/guest house accommodation, meals and transport to and from the airport  (No air travel cost is provided).



All Delegates must hold a valid passport with validity of at least 6 (six) months from the intended date of entry. The Organizing Committee will assist to facilitate visa issuance for all the delegates who require a visa to enter I.R. Iran. The visa should be valid for the duration of International Training Workshop. Formal invitation letters will be sent to the delegate/s nominated by their respective IORA National Focal Points.


Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Location (To Be Finalized)


The program will be conducted from October 15-17, 2019, which includes a two-day workshop and a one-day technical visit.

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Download Registration Form (Workshop on Salts and Chemicals)