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Abstract Specifications & Submittal

NEW and Updated Abstracts Due: August 31, 2020

Updated Abstracts from Previously Accepted Platform and Poster Presenters. The 2020 Chlorinated Conference technical program will be re-evaluated for the 2021 Combined Conference. All previously accepted abstracts are not guaranteed placement in the updated program. Please review the notification you received from the Conference Office on May 12, 2020, with instructions on updating, resubmitting, or withdrawing your previously accepted abstract by the August 31 due date.

NEW Abstracts. New abstracts are being accepted for all topic areas. The updated technical scope incorporates topic areas from the Bioremediation Symposium for the 2021 Combined Conference. Please do not resubmit a previously submitted abstract as a NEW abstract unless it was declined for presentation for the 2020 Chlorinated Conference. Please use the process explained above for previously accepted abstracts.

Updated Technical Scope.  Please note that topic codes and session names may have changed. The Technical Program Scope is neither a final nor comprehensive list. Abstracts are welcome on all relevant topics. 

Updated Technical Scope >

The program will be developed through an intense, multilevel review by the Program Committee and the Session Chairs. 

Abstract Preparation & Submittal

Due Date

August 31, 2020

General Guidelines

Abstracts must convey the information reviewers will need to assess the scope of the work and the data likely to be available at the time of the presentation, determine its relevance, compare it with other proposed presentations, and, if accepted for the program, assign it to an appropriate platform or poster session.


Because more than 1,200 submissions are expected, abstracts must be well written, clearly and concisely outlining the material being proposed for presentation. Abstracts with a pronounced commercial or marketing tone will not be accepted.


See the example abstract for format specifications.

  • Abstracts must be in English
  • Abstracts cannot exceed one standard-size page (8.5”x11”) of a Microsoft Word®

     document with 1 inch left/right/top/bottom margins

  • Abstracts should not include pictures or tables

Abstracts must be organized under the following required subheadings shown in the example abstract:

  • Background/Objectives
  • Approach/Activities
  • Results/Lessons Learned


Abstracts may be submitted online only. The submission form will require the following:

  • Agreement to the abstract submission terms & conditions
  • Complete contact information for the corresponding/presenting author and all co-authors (postal mailing address, phone number, and email address)
  • Your one-page Microsoft Word® abstract for upload

Note: If you are submitting an abstract on behalf of someone else, please remove your information as the corresponding/presenting author on the submission form and reassign the “corresponding/presenting author” designation to the person that will be giving the presentation.


Session placement and format preference (platform or poster) may be entered on the submission form but are not guaranteed. Final decisions on session placement and format will be based on the best overall design of the Conference program.


Submit a NEW abstract for the 2021 Combined Conference >


Please do not resubmit a previously submitted abstract as a NEW abstract unless it was declined for presentation for the 2020 Chlorinated Conference. Please use the process explained above for previously accepted abstracts.


Acceptance/Placement Notification

In December 2020, the corresponding/presenting author of each abstract will be notified by email of the placement decision.


If the abstract was accepted, this email will state the session and format (platform or poster) to which it was assigned and provide information on preparing the presentation and submitting an updated abstract before the Conference.

Presenter Registration Requirement

Financial assistance is not available to support registration or other costs of attending the Conference. All presenting authors (platform and poster), session chairs, and panel participants are expected to register and pay the standard technical-program registration fees. Registration fees are the major source of funding for the Conference and a significant percentage of registrants will make presentations or chair sessions.

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