The Science of PFAS: Public Health & The Environment

Call for Presenters & Posters [PDF]
Submission Deadline: Friday October 11, 2019


The conference will include plenary and concurrent sessions and an exhibit and poster area. The concurrent sessions are anticipated to cover the following topics (these are suggestions – proposals on other topics are welcome):

Health Impacts & Environmental Behavior

  • Toxicology & human health effects
  • Risk communications strategies
  • Fate & transport of PFAS in the environment
  • Impacts on biota & wildlife
  • Bioaccumulation & impacts on the food chain
  • PFAS in leachate & groundwater
  • Interactions among air, land, & water quality impacts
  • Degradation products
  • Sources of PFAS in the environment
  • ITRC Fact Sheets
  • Latest research on alternative short chain PFAS compounds 

Treatment, Remediation, & Disposal

  • Results of recent testing of environmental media – drinking water, soil, groundwater, landfill leachate, biosolids, compost, surface water, air emissions, & wastewater treatment plant discharges
  • Drinking water treatment systems
  • Effective site remediation strategies
  • State & federal standard setting efforts
  • Disposal strategies for contaminated media & product collections, including incineration
  • Treatment of soil, groundwater, and other environmental media
  • Treatment and destruction of residuals

PFAS Uses & Alternatives 

  • Historic & current PFAS uses
  • Results of product testing
  • Alternatives assessments for AFFF
  • Alternatives assessments for PFAS in personal care products, apparel, & compostable food ware
  • Alternatives assessment for paper & paper products
  • Alternatives for uses in manufacturing operations
  • State & federal policies to address PFAS uses & alternatives

Environmental Sampling & Analysis

  • Latest methods for testing drinking water
  • Methods for sampling/testing soil
  • Methods for sampling/testing air releases
  • Sampling/testing surface & ground water
  • Overcoming QA/QC challenges
  • Methods for testing products
  • Methods for testing food
  • Methods for testing biosolids

Presentations: Each presentation should be 20 minutes in length. Each 90-minute break-out session will consist of three presentations. You can submit a proposal for a single presentation or for a full three presentation session. Each presenter in a three-presentation session must represent a different organization. Presentations should be in PowerPoint and a PDF of each presentation will be posted on the conference webpage after the conference.

Proposal abstracts should list the proposed session track; presentation title; brief abstract of what questions/topics will be addressed; and the presenter’s name, affiliation, and contact information. Submit a proposal for an individual presentation or a three-presentation session HERE.

Posters: Poster presenters are expected to be present at their posters to answer questions during the networking breaks and the Tuesday evening reception. Each poster will be mounted on one side of a free-standing board with a space that is 48 inches high by 96 inches wide (landscape). Extra space on the board can be used to post handouts or other information. The conference organizers will be holding a poster competition to select at least one for special recognition under each of the conference tracks. Members of the conference Planning Committee will judge the posters.

Proposed posters should list the proposed session track; poster title; brief abstract of what questions/topics will be addressed; the presenter’s name, affiliation, and contact information; and a list of co-authors including their affiliations. Submit a proposal for a poster HERE