International Drying Symposium (IDS)

As the global community of academics and industrial researchers in drying science and technology already knows, Professor Arun Mujumdar – then a junior faculty member at McGill University, Montreal, Canada – established the widely acclaimed biennial International Drying Symposium series in 1978. His vision and mission was to provide a truly global forum for the exchange of knowledge about drying and disseminate it widely. Indeed, IDS helped develop and enhance awareness of the crucial importance of in-depth knowledge of drying science and technology. This process was further enhanced by Prof. Mujumdar’s co-founding of other continental, national and regional conferences devoted to drying e.g. Inter-American Drying Conference, Asia-Pacific Drying Conference, WFCFD (India), Middle Eastern Drying Conference, Nordic Drying Conference, etc. He also presented numerous workshops and seminars in over 50 countries.
The Drying Technology journal also emerged in 1982 out of three successful IDS meetings. Prof. Mujumdar also led the effort in initiating and editing the journal despite the low level of research interest at the time in this field. Readers can find a listing of several major drying literature resources which Prof. Mujumdar has developed over a period of some 40 years that can be found at the link given below.
Interested readers are invited to visit reports on various IDS and ADC conferences published in Drying Technology journal.

International Advisory Panel Members

  • Mujumdar A. S. (Canada), Honorary Chairman
  • Devahastin S. (Thailand), Secretariat
  • Akinola A. (Nigeria)
  • Alves-Filho O. (Norway)
  • Andrieu J. (France)
  • Barresi A. (Italy)
  • Bruttini R. (Italy)
  • Chen X. D. (P.R. China)
  • Chen G. (Hong Kong, P.R. China)
  • Emam-Djomeh Z. (Iran)
  • Farkas I. (Hungary)
  • Fortes M. (Brazil)
  • Itaya Y. (Japan)
  • Kechaou N. (Tunisia)
  • Kemp I. (UK)
  • Kowalski S. (Poland)
  • Krokida M. (Greece)
  • Kudra T. (Canada)
  • Langrish T. (Australia)
  • Law C. L. (Malaysia)
  • Leonard A. (Belgium)
  • Levy A. (Israel)
  • Miao S. (Ireland)
  • Mulet A. (Spain)
  • Opara L. (South Africa)
  • Pakowski Z. (Poland)
  • Pang S. (New Zealand)
  • Peczalski R. (France)
  • Perré P. (France)
  • Raghavan V. (Canada)
  • Rodriguez-Ramirez (Mexico)
  • Renstrom R. (Sweden)
  • Rosello C. (Spain)
  • Sarkar Md. S. H. (Bangladesh)
  • Prachayawarakorn S. (Thailand)
  • Schutyser M. (Netherlands)
  • Taranto O. (Brazil)
  • Thorat B. (India)
  • Timofeev O. (Finland)
  • Tsotsas E. (Germany)
  • Yagoobi J. (USA)
  • Zbicinski I. (Poland)
  • Zhou W. (Singapore)


ROLE OF IDS IN PROMOTING INNOVATION AND GLOBAL R&D EFFORT IN DRYING TECHNOLOGIES. Click here for a plenary lecture by Prof. Arun S. Mujumdar during IDS2004 in Brazil.

Selected Editorials by Professor Arun S. Mujumdar on IDS:

  • IDS in 1992 and 2020. Click here for editorial.
  • A brief historical perspective of IDS. Click here for editorial.
  • Drying R&D through IDS. Click here for editorial.

Panel of IDS venues from 1978 through 2018 


Upcoming IDS Conference

Recent Announcement Regarding IDS2020:

IDS2020 is Postponed to June 27-30, 2021.

22nd International Drying Symposium (IDS2020):

22nd International Drying Symposium (IDS2020) will be held at Worcester, Massachusetts, the USA from June 28 to July 1, 2020. Click here for the announcement of the IDS2020 conference. For more details about the IDS2020 kindly visit

The recent update about IDS2020:

Dear IDS 2020 Participants,

Due to global concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and how it may impact travel and participants’ health and well-being, the IDS 2020 organizers, in consultation with Professor Arun Mujumdar, have made the difficult decision to postpone IDS 2020 to the year 2021.  The new dates for IDS 2021 will be posted on the website ( as soon as they get confirmed. If you have already paid a registration fee for IDS 2020, it will be refunded and no action will be needed on your part.

Papers that have been accepted for IDS 2020 will remain accepted for IDS 2021.  However, the authors have the right to withdraw their papers before August 31, 2020, if they wish to do so.

New abstracts/paper submissions for IDS 2021 will be opened in the Fall of 2020.

If you have made lodging reservations for IDS 2020, please remember to cancel them.  We will cancel the requests for on-campus housing and no action will be required on your part. Please feel free to contact Patricia Howe ( if you have any questions.   We are looking forward to seeing you at IDS 2021.

Jamal Yagoobi & IDS 2020 Organizing Committee


Previous IDS Conferences:

21st IDS (IDS2018):

21st International Drying Symposium (IDS2018), Valencia, Spain, from September 18 to 21, 2018. Click here for more details about IDS2018.

20th IDS (IDS2016):

20th International Drying Symposium (IDS2016), Gifu, Japan, from August 7 to 10, 2016. Click here for more details about IDS2016.

19th IDS (IDS2014):

19th International Drying Symposium (IDS2014), Lyon, France, from August 24 to 27, 2014. Click here for more details about IDS2014.

18th IDS (IDS2012):

18th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Xiamen University, Xiamen City, Fujian Province, People’s Republic of China, November 11-15, 2012. Click here to see the announcement and click here for a brochure.

17th IDS (IDS2010):

17th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Magdeburg, a historic city in Germany, October 3-6, 2010. Click here for more details about IDS2010.

16th IDS (IDS2008):

16th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Hyderabad, a historic city of India, November 9-12, 2008.  Click here for more details about IDS2008.

15th IDS (IDS2006):

15th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Budapest, Hungary, August 20–23, 2006. Click here for more details about IDS2006.

14th IDS (IDS2004):

14th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Saõ Paulo, Brazil, August 22–25, 2004. Click here for more details about IDS2004.

13th IDS (IDS2002):

13th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Beijing, P.R. China, August 27–30, 2002.  Click here for more details about IDS2002.

12th IDS (IDS2000):

12th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands, August 28 – 31, 2000. Click here for more details about IDS2000.

11th IDS (IDS1998):

11th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Halkidiki, Greece, August 19-22, 1998. Click here for more details about IDS1998.

10th IDS (IDS1996):

10th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Krakow, Poland, August 1996. Click here for more details about IDS1996.

9th IDS (IDS1994):

9th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Gold Coast, Australia, August 1-4, 1994. Click here for more details about IDS1994.

8th IDS (IDS1992):

8th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Montreal, Quebec, Canada,  August 2-5, 1992. Click here for more details about IDS1992.

7th IDS (IDS1990):

7th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Praha, Czechoslovakia, August 26-30, 1990. Click here for more details about IDS1990.

6th IDS (IDS1988):

6th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Versailles, France, 1988. Click here for more details about IDS1988.

5th IDS (IDS1986):

5th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Cambridge, MA (USA), August 13-16, 1986. Click here for more details about IDS1986.

4th IDS (IDS1984):

4th International Drying Symposium (IDS), Kyoto, Japan, July 9-12, 1984. Click here for more details about IDS1984.

3rd IDS (IDS1982):

3rd International Drying Symposium (IDS), University of Birmingham, England, Sept. 13-16, 1982. Click here for more details about IDS1982.

2nd IDS (IDS1980):

2nd International Drying Symposium (IDS), McGill University, Canada, 1980. Click here for more details about IDS1980.

1st IDS (IDS1978):

1st International Drying Symposium (IDS), McGill University, Canada, 1978. Click here for more details about IDS1978.





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