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2018 EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference

Hosted by EPA's National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC)

May 8-10, 2018
EPA's Research Triangle Park Campus, North Carolina
Auditorium C

Join us for the 10th International Conference on Decontamination Research and Development hosted by U.S. EPA's Office of Research and Development's National Homeland Security Research Center. 


Since 2005, EPA's Office of Research and Development's National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) has organized and hosted an international conference on decontamination research and development. Decontamination is one of the critical challenges that the United States and EPA would face in recovering from a major chemical, biological, or radiological (CBR) incident. The conference is designed to facilitate presentation, discussion, and further collaboration on research and development focused on an all-hazards approach to cleaning up contaminated buildings (both interior and exterior), infrastructure, and other areas/materials. The conference continues to focus strongly on matters involving CBR threat agents, but also includes all hazard elements.

Topics for this conference include:

  • New chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) detection and decontamination research data or field activities and large scale demonstrations related to the detection and decontamination of biological (including agricultural threat agents and biotoxins), chemical, and radiological threat agents in indoor (in facilities) or outdoor areas/materials;
  • Cross-cutting topics related to restoration, including: clean-up levels/risk assessment, exposure assessment, sampling/analysis of threat agents, fate/transport/containment, material compatibility with decontamination processes, tool and guidance development, waste management of threat agent-contaminated materials, water/wastewater decontamination, and systems approach to response and regulatory issues;
  • Regional, state, and local initiatives highlighting local priorities, challenges, and science and technology developments related to response and recovery efforts from intentional or accidental environmental incidents; and
  • Special topics: new to this year's conference is the introduction of a special topics category. These topics will address emerging issues as identified by the conference committee. This year’s special topics are:   
    • Emerging threats: work addressing emerging threats (e.g., fentanyl, drug lab cleanup, etc.);
    • Recent disaster response: examples of work supporting large-scale natural disaster response efforts;
    • Research to response: best practices for bridging the gap between R&D and field operations; and
    • All Hazards Remediation (non-CBR): remediation efforts related to a variety of disasters/incidents outside of core homeland security responsibilities.

Please note:  Please contact  Susan Blaine at 703-225-2471 or EPA_Decon@icf.com for further questions.

  • Announcements

    Friday, February 16th, 2018

    Abstract deadline extended until Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Register and submit an abstract!

    Thursday, February 15th, 2018

    Hotel and transportation details have been added under the hotel/logistics tab. 

    Remember to register and submit an abstract!

    Friday, December 15th, 2017


    • Visitors with a driver's license from the following states — LA, MO, IL, MI, NY, RI— must ensure they have a new, enhanced license or bring one of the following: Federal ID, US or foreign passport, green card, or US military ID. This is in response to the REAL ID Act, which went into effect on July 21, 2014.  

    Laptop Authorization

    • Non-EPA attendees who will bring their laptop to the conference should complete this Laptop Authorization Form and bring to the EPA security desk when you check in.
  • Agenda

    A preliminary agenda will be provided after a review of the abstracts.

  • Registration

    Click here to register for the 2018 U.S. EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference.

    The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

    Foreign nationals must register by Monday, April 9, 2018.

  • Abstract Submission

    We cordially invite all attendees to submit an abstract to make a poster or platform presentation at the conference.

    Click here to submit an abstract for the 2018 U.S. EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference.

    The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

    Abstracts should be 250-400 words in length. The abstracts and corresponding presentations will appear as part of the conference proceedings. As in the past, the conference proceedings will become available to the general public, so please do not include proprietary or FOUO information in your abstract.

    Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the organizing committee on originality, structure, and relevance to the intended audience of the conference. The abstract submitting author will be informed of the acceptance of their abstract as an oral presenter or poster presentation no later than three weeks following the current due date for the abstract submission of Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

  • Presentation Guidelines

    Submit your presentation by Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to EPA_Decon@icf.com. Bring a back-up copy of your presentation on a memory stick.

    • Time limits will be strictly enforced!
      • Speaker presentations (PowerPoint or PDF format) will be 20 minutes followed by a 5 minute question and answer period.
    • We suggest limiting your presentations to no more than 15 slides; a general guideline is to have one slide per 1.5 to 2 minutes of the presentation.
      • Please avoid elaborate animation.
      • If using video clips in your presentation, please have them available as separate files.
    • Meeting room equipment will include:
      • Laptop computer with internet access and MS Office PowerPoint 2013
      • LCD projector
      • Screen
      • Podium with microphone
      • Laser pointer
    • Slides will be made publically available on a password-protected website in PDF format after the workshop and as part of the EPA conference report; prior to the workshop ICF will request permission from you to post your slides and for inclusion in the EPA conference report. Do not include confidential or company-sensitive information in your presentation.
  • Poster Guidelines

    The poster session will be held on Wednesday afternoon, May 9, 2018.

    • Posters can be displayed from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM; attendance at the poster location is requested only during the poster session. Multiple posters to be presented by the same author will be placed adjacent to each other.
    • Each poster session author will be provided with a poster board (4' height x 6' width). The board will indicate the poster number in upper right and left corners. Authors are responsible for mounting their own material at any time prior to the poster session on Wednesday, May 9 AND for removing it by the end of the same day.
    • All illustrations, charts, etc., to be posted should be prepared in advance as materials for these purposes will not be available at the meeting site. EPA will provide a reasonable supply of push pins but we suggest authors provide their own if possible.
    • Authors may wish to bring extra copies of their data and conclusions. No duplication facilities will be available through EPA. Authors may also wish to provide sign-up sheets for attendees who may wish additional information, reprints, etc.
    • We discourage the use of laptop computers or other equipment for multimedia presentations during the poster session. If you must use a laptop or other equipment to support the poster, please contact the organizers at EPA_Decon@icf.com prior to the conference to discuss the need.
  • Logistics/Hotel Information


    We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at or below the prevailing government rate ($105/night + taxes) at the local hotels below. The hotels are located within one mile of each other and each is within walking distance to a variety of restaurants.

    Make your hotel reservation by calling the hotel's main phone number and requesting a room under the group reservation name "EPA Decontamination Conference." Be sure to mention this is a group reservation to ensure you receive the group discounted rate.

    EPA Employees should reference conference code MM262606 when preparing their travel authorization.

    5219 Page Road | Durham, NC 27703
    • Rate: $102/night + taxes
    • Group rates are available Monday, May 7, through Thursday, May 10, 2018
    • Reservations must be complete by Monday, April 16, 2018 to be eligible to receive the group discounted rate
    151 Tatum Drive | Durham, NC 27703
    Rate: $105/night + taxes
    • Group rates are available Monday, May 7, through Friday, May 11, 2018.
    • Reservations must be complete by Saturday, April 14 2018 to be eligible to receive the group discounted rate.
    • You can book directly through this link Exit
    4810 Page Creek Lane | Durham, NC 27703
    Rate: $105/night + taxes
    • Group rates are available Monday, May 7, through Friday, May 11, 2018.
    • Reservations must be complete by Friday, March 23, 2018 to be eligible to receive the group discounted rate.
    • You can book directly through this link Exit


    Each hotel provides complimentary shuttle transportation to and from Raleigh–Durham International Airport. Each hotel will also provide shuttle transportation to and from EPA; however, space is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. We encourage attendees to drive and carpool to EPA's campus.

    ICF, a contractor to EPA, is organizing the logistics for this conference. If you have questions about lodging, transportation, or registration, please contact:

  • Organizing Committee

    The conference is hosted by EPA's National Homeland Security Research Center. If you have questions about the conference or a proposed presentation, please contact a member of the conference planning committee.