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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 IDS Organizing Committee has finalized the dates for IDS 2021.  The symposium will begin on Sunday, June 27, 2021 (reception) and will conclude on Wednesday, June 30, 2021


Similar to the plans for IDS 2020, we will hold a Drying Workshop on Saturday, June 26 and the morning of Sunday, June 27, 2021.  Please mark your calendars.  We are looking forward to IDS 2021!


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 2021 Organizing Committee



2021 International Drying Symposium

IDS series was established by Professor Arun S. Mujumdar at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1978.

IDS 2021 will aim to provide the most advanced and comprehensive global forum for disseminating results and data in research, development and applications in drying/dewatering sciences and technologies.

This event will be held on the main campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and will be co-hosted by the University of Illinois.

The conference aims to bring together world-renowned researchers and engineers from both academia and industry in this university environment. An Awards program for the international drying community will also be part of the event.

Topics of Interest

The scientific committee encourages the submission of drying-related research work. The main topics are:

  • Fundamentals, modelling and simulation
  • Physical properties and product quality
  • Industrial processes and equipment
  • Measurement and process control
  • Environmental issues
  • Process intensification
  • Drying of gases and liquids
  • Drying of powdered solids
  • Drying of biomass for energy applications
  • Drying of food and agricultural materials
  • Drying of biological and pharmaceutical materials
  • Drying of chemicals and polymers
  • Drying of wood, pulp and paper and forest products
  • Novel drying technologies
  • R&D opportunities

Welcome to IDS 2021:
22nd International Drying Symposium
Worcester, MA, June 27 – June 30, 2021

Key Dates:

October 23, 2020: Deadline for abstract submissions
October 30, 2020: Notification of acceptance
December 14, 2020: “Early bird” registration opens
December 20, 2020: Deadline for submissions of manuscripts
January 31, 2021: Final notification of manuscript acceptance
February 12, 2021: Deadline for “early bird” registration
February 28, 2021: Deadline for final manuscript submission
April 2, 2021 Final deadline for registration
June 26 – 27, 2021: Drying Workshop
June 27 – June 30, 2021: IDS – Worcester, Massachusetts, USA