Expert to discuss desalination

Jan 23, 2014
Dr. James Birkett

Camden — An internationally recognized authority on desalination, Dr. James Birkett, will present his talk The History and Future of Desalination Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Camden Public Library. This event is free and open to all.

Widely considered one of the desalination industry’s most respected professionals, Birkett has more than four decades of experience in the study of desalination, advanced water treatment, and membrane separation industries and technologies.

In his talk, he will discuss the technologies employed today, today's applications, markets and economics, energy and environmental considerations, and thoughts on the future.

Birkett is the first elected president of The International Desalination Association and was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extensive contributions in the fields of desalination and water reuse. The award was conferred at the IDA World Congress in Tianjin, China.

Birkett began his career at the international consulting firm Arthur D. Little, Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., and for 26 years, worked with ADL’s foreign and domestic, industrial and government clients. In 1988, he left ADL to establish his own firm, West Neck Strategies, in Nobleboro. He continues to consult, lecture and publish widely in his fields of interest. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he earned his bachelor of the arts degree, and Yale University, from which he received his master's and doctorate degrees in physical chemistry.

This presentation is hosted by the Camden Public Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 27th Annual Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water, Feb. 21-23.

For more information, visit, email, or call 236-1034.

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