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2020 ASTM Johnson/Rook Conference on Asbestos
July 27-31, 2020
Call for Papers

The 2020 Johnson Conference will be held at the University of Vermont, Burlington Vermont USA between 27 – 31 July 2020.  Abstracts must be lodged before 27 December 2019.

About the Event

The Johnson Conferences have served as forums for the discussion of asbestos issues since 1986.  The Johnson Conference is to be renamed the “Johnson/Rook Conference” in honour of Dr Harry S. Rook, Chairman of the first eight Johnson Conferences.

To encourage forthright presentations and discussions of novel ideas and controversial issues, the Johnson/Rook Conferences have a tradition of no recordings, reports, or publications.  As such, these conferences have generated lively exchanges of ideas that have shaped many of the asbestos monitoring methods and strategies used today.  While the tradition of no recording will be maintained at this Johnson/Rook 2020 Conference, the publication of full papers will be encouraged for an issue of ASTM’s Selected Technical Papers (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community, to be published after the meeting following peer-review of the manuscripts through the ASTM formal review process.


Detection, reporting, risk assessment, and regulation of asbestos and other fibrous minerals is as relevant today as when the first Johnson Conference was held.  Abstracts that deal with these topics on a regional, national, or international level are solicited for the 2020 Johnson/Rook Conference.

Presentation topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Medical Research, Dose/Response, Toxicology, and Fate in the Body
  • Sampling, Exposure Assessment, and Risk Characterization
  • Regulatory Perspectives
  • Environmental Monitoring and Remediation
  • International and Domestic Analytical Methods
  • Soils, Talc, Natural Occurrences of Asbestos, and Vermiculite Products
  • Legal Aspects
  • Analytical Quality Assurance
  • Mineralogy and Nomenclature
  • Other Potentially Hazardous Elongate Particles

Abstract Submittal

To present at the conference, authors must submit a 250 to 300-word preliminary abstract using the online Abstract Submittal Form no later than December 27, 2019.

For more information about the conference, see here.