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2019 EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference

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

November 19-21, 2019
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Virginia USA


Join us for the 11th International Conference on Decontamination Research and Development hosted by U.S. EPA's Office of Research and Development's National Homeland Security Research Center. 

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel Background

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.

Click here to view the 2018 EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference proceedings.

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: The special topics will address emerging issues as identified by the conference committee. This year’s special topics are:   
    • Coastal Operational Resiliency (AnCOR) project: presentations and preliminary findings of the EPA/DHS/USCG collaborative project focusing on the post-biological incident consequence management (sampling, decontamination, waste management, etc.) of urban and maritime structures, assets, and surfaces.
    • Waste Management: All Hazards Applications
    • Illicit Drug Remediation Efforts: Opioid Epidemic Efforts
    • Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Information Sharing, Mapping, & System Integration in Disaster Response
    • Case Studies/Applied Research: Engaging Federal, State, Local Responders, and Industry
    • Case Studies/Applied Research: How Does Bench Scale Correlate to Real Scenarios?

Contact Timothy Boe at 919-541-2617 or boe.timothy@epa.gov for further questions or to be added to the conference mailing list (registrants are added to the mailing list by default).

  • Announcements

    Thursday, July 13th, 2019

    Call for abstracts! See the Abstract Submission tab.

    Registration is open! 

    The 2019 Decontamination Conference Team

  • Agenda & Conference Materials

    The agenda and conference materials for the 2019 EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference will be made available in September​.

    To view the 2018 conference agenda click here: Final Agenda (all 3 days)(7 pp, 107 K)  

    Last update: 6/11/19

  • Registration

    Registration is OPEN

    Click here to register for the 2019 EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference.

  • Abstract Submission

    Click here to submit an abstract to the 2019 EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference.

    Abstracts should address the conference theme/topic(s) and be 250-400 words in length. Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the organizing committee on originality, structure, and relevance to the intended audience of the conference. 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.

    • The abstract submission deadline is Friday, August 16th, 2019.
       
    • Authors will be notified of provisional acceptance of abstracts, including presentation type by Tuesday,  September 24th, 2019.
  • Presentation Guidelines
    • 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 publicly available on a password-protected website in PDF format after the workshop and as part of the EPA conference report; prior to the workshop contract support staff 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.

    Last update: 6/11/19

  • Poster & Tecnology Café Guidelines

    Poster Session

    • 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. 
    • 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. 

    Technology Café

    • The purpose of the Technology Café is to highlight a technical or scientific achievement through demonstration and discussion. The Café is not intended to advertise or promote a product or service.
    • A two-hour timeframe will be allotted for conference participants to interact with a given technology (optional), presentation material, and presenter. Scheduling information (i.e., date, time, and location) will be published following the release of the conference agenda in September.
    • Participants will be given time to set-up and test connections for any laptop computers or other equipment needed for multimedia presentations and technology demonstrations prior to the Technology Café session. Conference organizers will be present to help address any connection issues.
    • Presenters are responsible for setting up their own material AND for removing it by the end of the same day.
    • Presenters are responsible for being present during the Technology Café for demonstration purposes.
    • Each Technology Café session presenter will be provided a table space and a (optional) poster board (4' height x 6' width) which can be used to mount a poster containing general information describing the technology. The board will indicate the participant identification number in upper right and left corners.
    • Internet connection via Wi-Fi will be available.
    • Multiple demonstrations/technologies to be presented by the same presenter will be placed adjacent to each other.
    • All illustrations, charts, handouts, etc., to be posted or handed out should be prepared in advance as materials and duplication facilities for these purposes will not be available at the meeting site.
    • EPA will provide a reasonable supply of push pins, but it is recommended that authors provide their own if possible.
    • Authors may also wish to provide sign-up sheets for attendees who may request additional information, reprints, etc.

    Last update: 6/11/19

  • Logistics/Hotel Information

    A block of rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel (conference venue). To reserve a room using the group rate, click hereExit

    Please note that the room block is limited to 150 rooms. It is highly recommended reservations be made as soon as possible.

    Other nearby hotels (within walking distance):

    Norfolk Waterside Marriott Exit
    235 E Main St, Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 627-4200

    Hilton Norfolk The Main Exit
    100 E Main St, Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 763-6200

    Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown Exit
    520 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 963-6000

  • 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.