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Call for Abstracts: ASTM Symposium on Homeland Security and Public Safety

Call for Abstracts: ASTM Symposium on Homeland Security and Public Safety

July 7, 2017
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Papers are invited for a Symposium on Homeland Security and Public Safety: Research, Applications & Standards to be held June 28-29, 2018. Sponsored by ASTM Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications, the symposium will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, CA, in conjunction with the June standards development meetings of the committee.


This symposium will provide a forum to discuss strategically coordinated standards development and the increasing need for standards in homeland security and public safety.

Objectives of this symposium include:

  • Showcase strategic topics/issues facing this standards community
  • Discuss topical issues such as response robotics, personal protective and operational equipment, and critical infrastructure
  • Define better ways to connect standards development with conformity assessment in this community
  • Promote communication and information sharing between ASTM International committees, other SDOs, researchers, manufacturers, users, test laboratories, accreditation bodies, and government agencies
  • Assess the need for new and/or revised standards as well as better coordination and links with standards between other SDOs

The symposium will focus on current and emerging standards within the homeland security and public safety user communities. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive (CBRNE) detection and response
  • Response robots (ground, water and aerial platforms) used in homeland security and public safety applications
  • Preparing for and responding to natural disasters, accidents, and intentional events meant to cause harm to people or places
  • Protection of public safety personnel and responders in day-to-day operations, all-hazard events, or incident response
  • Security and protection of buildings, critical infrastructure, borders, ports, and transportation systems
  • Overall strategic coordination across ASTM International committees and other standards developing organizations (SDOs), including international organizations

The language of the symposium will be English.

Abstract Submittal

To participate in the symposium, authors must submit a 250-300 word preliminary abstract via the online ASTM Abstract Submittal Form no later than June 30, 2017. Scroll to the top of the page to Go to Abstract Submittal Format. To ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database, please email symposia@astm.org and inform them of your submission.

The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper's suitability for this symposium. The Symposium Chairmen will notify you via postal mail by July 7, 2017 of your papers acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the presenter/author will be requested to submit a final camera-ready abstract several months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in an abstract booklet at the symposium.


Symposium presenters are required to submit their papers to the Selected Technical Paper (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors instructions via email only. Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than June 15, 2018 at the ASTM Editorial Office. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a copy of his/her paper in portable document format (PDF). All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost. Only those papers submitted by the manuscript due date will be included in the STP.

Please note that all submitted papers are subject to single blind peer review and will be submitted to the Library of Congress with an ISBN number and will be reviewed for inclusion in the "Thomson & Reuters Web of Science's Conference Proceedings Citation Index" (CPCI) and Google Scholar.


More information about the event and abstract submission are available at https://www.astm.org/SYMPOSIA/filtrexx40.cgi?+-P+EVENT_ID+3348+callforpapers.frm