2021 Call for Radon Abstracts

35th Annual AARST International Radon and Vapor Intrusion SymposiumTM

The 2021 International Radon and Vapor Intrusion Symposium is calling for presentation abstracts from members of the scientific and medical communities, radon analytic, measurement and mitigation professionals, vapor intrusion industry, educators, housing and financial industry leaders, policymakers and public policy advocates, consumers, and others. The Symposium will occur October 11-13, 2021.

Abstract Application Process

Abstracts: Abstracts should clearly convey in 150 words or less, the essence of the intended presentation indicating the contribution it will make to the knowledgebase of the radon community. Abstracts that do not follow the format will be returned. 

Content of Abstracts: Presentations regarding but not limited to – new original research, empirical or applied, on radon risk, radon measurement, radon mitigation, radon-resistant new construction, analytics, risk communication, and similar topics are especially encouraged, including abstracts from related scientific, engineering and health-related disciplines. We also welcome presentations on effective methods of conveying essential radon messages to target audiences, reducing risk for low-income families, marketing and expanding radon professional services, enacting and implementing new public policy, demonstrations of radon technology, and similar activities to further the radon profession and transfer of information.

Abstract Codes and Categories – with some* suggested sub-topics of interest:
RA – Analytic Methods/Results
RC – Cost-Effectiveness of Strategies – mitigation, new buildings, policies, program options
RD – Data Collection, Analysis and Mapping
RH – Health Risk Assessment – residential case-control studies, other epidemiologic studies
RM – Mitigation Methods/Results – vapor intrusion, water, commercial, challenging buildings
RNC – Radon Control in New Construction
RR – Radon and Radioactivity – health physics, dosage
RS – Sources – new materials and material studies
RT – Testing/Measurement Methods/Results ¬– QA/QC, devices, large buildings, water
RZ – Other Research Topics

PBD – Biz Development – radon professional marketing, advertising/media, customer outreach
PLR – Legislative/Regulatory Policy – homebuyer/tenant notification, testing of schools/childcare facilities/homes/workplaces, licensure via certification, licensing regulations, working with legislators and regulators
PRC – Risk Communication – target audiences, risk/asset management messaging, free/earned media
PLI – Risk Reduction for Low Income Families – mitigation partnerships, public housing, funding
PNC – Radon Control in New Construction – builder-mitigator partnerships, code adoptions, training
PRP – Radon Profession – capacity, AARST chapters, certification/training
PSP – Strategic Partnerships – Tribes, government, health care providers, realtors, media
PTD – Technical Demonstration – mitigation and measurement methods
PWS – Worker Safety – for mitigation/measurement professionals, workplace radon exposure
PPZ – Other Practice and Policy Topics
* abstracts do not need to fit the suggested sub-topics

How to Submit an Abstract: Abstracts must be submitted to call-for-abstracts@aarst.org by April 30, 2021. It must be in MS-WORD (.doc or docx) or another text document format (no .pdfs) attached to the message. Abstracts must adhere to the template provided. The title shall indicate the abstract category code and the last name of the author. Please refer to Category List below. Please specify a requested amount of presentation time including a brief question-answer period if desired (i.e., 20 or 40 minutes). Abstracts that do not adhere to the instructions will be returned.

Review and Acceptance: Research abstracts will be screened for acceptance by the AARST Editorial Board; Practice/Policy abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee and AARST National. Submissions will be confirmed upon receipt, indicating the review process timeline. Authors are notified of acceptance or rejection by June 15, 2021. Acceptance is a necessary condition for delivering an oral or poster session at the Symposium. AARST National will determine the amount of time allotted based on the number of presenters and topics being presented.

Speakers who intend to present based on an accepted abstract must register for the Symposium by no later than August 15, 2021.

Research Papers: Each author of an accepted research abstract will be invited to submit a full paper to be considered for publication in the 2021 AARST Symposium Proceedings. Such papers must be received by October 15, 2021. Submittals by an author who has not registered for the Symposium by the August 15th deadline will not be considered. The refereeing of research papers is separate from, and independent of, the reviewing of the abstracts; the Proceedings is a peer-reviewed publication. Authors will receive grammar and syntax rules (rubrics) along with their abstract acceptance by email. Authors are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions for published material. Authors will be notified if their paper has been accepted for publication, post-symposium. Papers are published post-symposium.

All Presentation Submissions: Persons whose abstracts have been accepted will receive presenter guidelines with notice of acceptance, including information about how to submit slide presentations. AARST retains the rights to publish all slides on the AARST website for purposes of public dissemination unless the presenter specifically withholds permission to AARST.

To submit questions about abstract submittal and related matters, contact: call-for-abstracts@aarst.org

 The Symposium will make every effort to schedule oral presentations for eligible submitted abstracts but reserves the right to combine presentations, designate abstracts for poster sessions, and include invited presentations to deliver a diverse and effective program.

Abstracts for Extracurricular Education

Each year AARST offers extra courses during the pre- or post-symposium week, offered to attendees for continuing education credits. These are AARST-hosted courses and different than privately held courses. AARST promotes and manages the registration for these courses, but the educators are fully responsable for the content, presentation of and course completion certificates. All courses are NRPP approved or should be completed in the NRPP approval-process prior to the symposium. Course description submissions are emailed to: call-for-abstracts@aarst.org and should include the following:

  • Title and Course ID number
  • Instructor name
  • Description
  • Number of hours: 2, 4, 6, 8

Education days typically run 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM breaking at noon for a 1 hour lunch. AARST makes every effort to schedule non conflicting courses at the same time, as well as scheduling 2-6 hour courses opposite other complimentary blocks of time and courses. Submittals will be considered by the planning committee, and accepted based on non-repetition from the previous year, or high demand for courses. Educators will receive confirmation the submissions have been received and a timeline for reply and acceptance.