HPS 64th Annual Meeting
7-11 July 2019
The Health Physics Society (HPS), formed in 1956, is a scientific
organization of professionals who specialize in radiation safety. Its mission is
to support its members in the practice of their profession and to promote excellence
in the science and practice of radiation safety.
Today its nearly 4,000 members represent all scientific and technical areas related to radiation safety, including academia, government, medicine, research and development, analytical services, consulting, and industry in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Society is chartered in the United States as an independent nonprofit scientific organization and, as such, is not affiliated with any government or industrial organization or private entity.
The Society also promotes scientific information exchange through our annual conference and midyear meetings. Please consider submitting an abstract to share your scientific findings and information with other radiation safety professionals at this year's 64th annual radiation safety conference in Orlando, Florida, 7–11 July 2019.
The Hilton Orlando at 6001 Destination Parkway, just off International Drive, is the headquarters hotel. This means that we will be located right in the heart of "where it's happening." Think Sea World, Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, iDrive 360, and many more.
First Fun Fact: Did you know that the HPS Program Committee works very hard to be inclusive and routinely accepts over 90% of the papers submitted? We encourage scientific dialog and discussion of ALL scientific work being conducted in health physics. We also try to focus on students and new (first-time) presenters so they can be part of the program. We also make every effort to accommodate your selection of a poster or oral presentation. If your employer or sponsor will only support travel if you are giving an oral presentation, let us know and we try to accommodate your request. Now that you know this information, please consider submitting an abstract of your work to present at the annual meeting. The annual meeting covers the full spectrum of radiation protection specialties. Everyone is welcome to come to share their work to make this a wonderful annual meeting!
Please submit your abstract (including special-session abstracts) through the HPS website: http://www.hpschapters.org/2019annual/abstracts/index.php. In addition, we still have openings for a few more special sessions. Thus, if there is a special topic that you want to get in front of the health physics community, a special session is a great way to introduce it and initiate scientific dialog with your peers. For more information, please contact Annual Task Force Chair Timothy Taulbee via email at email@example.com.
Second Fun Fact: Do you know why the abstract submission deadline has been extended virtually every year for the past 10 years? Generally, this is because we don't get a sufficient number of papers submitted to plan a meeting by the first deadline. In past years, the Program Committee needed to extend the deadline up to the absolute last minute in order to fill the standard sessions for the meeting. For the 59th Annual Meeting in Baltimore in 2014, over 25% of the papers were received on the last day of the extended deadline. That means a quarter of all meeting presenters submitted at the last minute. Unfortunately, this last-minute submittal practice has pushed the deadlines earlier in order to enable the Program Committee sufficient time to plan the meeting.
This year we are trying a new approach and provide the final deadline upfront, with an explanation as to how it was determined. The abstract submittal deadline is 28 February 2019. The Program Committee will meet on 8 March to plan the annual meeting. This planning meeting is when we meet face to face to place the submitted papers into the appropriate sessions, organize the various sessions into rooms and time slots, and coordinate with the AV people on layout and room size, etc. BEFORE we can do this, the Program Committee must REVIEW all of the paper abstracts. Thus the Program Committee respectfully requests that you submit your abstracts by 28 February 2019 to give us just one week to review them in preparation for our planning meeting on 8 March.
The Task Force chair assigns Program Committee members specific sessions to review based on their general specialty, but also balances the workload across the committee. Typically, the Program Committee receives a few hundred papers/abstracts for an annual meeting. Again, we are asking for just one week to make the assignments and allow the Task Force time to review the abstracts before we start trying to put the meeting together.
Thus the final deadline for submitting abstracts is 28 February 2019. Submittal and presentation guidelines can be found below or at http://hps.org/meetings/.
The Health Physics Society's annual meeting contains multiple formats for you to present your scientific information. The technical program kicks off with a plenary session of invited guests on Monday, 14 July, followed by poster presentations in the exhibit hall after lunch. Technical sessions start later in the afternoon and continue through Thursday at noon.
Technical sessions are scheduled throughout the week and include many aspects of the practice of radiation safety. Although the number of technical sessions vary from year to year, typical sessions are listed below:
· Accelerator Health Physics
· Air Monitoring
· Radiobiology – Biological Response
· Decontamination and Decommissioning
· Dose Reconstruction
· Emergency Response
· Environmental Monitoring
· Homeland Security Monitoring
· Medical Health Physics
· Military Health Physics
· Power Reactor Health Physics
· Risk Assessment
· Radiation Effects
· Operational Health Physics at:
o Accelerator Facilities
o Department of Energy Facilities
o Medical Facilities
o Military Installations
o Nuclear Power Plants
o Academic Institutions
· Radiation Dosimetry
o External Dosimetry
o Internal Dosimetry
o Medical Dosimetry
· Academic, Industrial, and Research Radiation Safety (AIRRS)
· Waste Management
How to Submit an Abstract for Presentation
Please submit your abstract online using the site: http://hpschapters.org/2019AM/abstracts/
Deadline: 28 February 2019
Abstracts will be printed directly from your electronic submission. Minor editing (punctuation and grammar) may be performed on your abstract; you will not see a revised version before publication. If you experience problems or it is not possible to submit your abstract electronically, please contact the Secretariat at 703-790-1745 (or fax 703-790-2672) for further instructions. PLEASE NOTE: Abstracts submitted via email will not be accepted.
A submitted abstract is a commitment to present; cancellations should be avoided. All presenters must register and pay for the meeting by May to be included in the final program. If extenuating circumstances prevent the presenting author from making the presentation, it is the author's responsibility to find an alternate presenter. Presenters who submit more than one oral abstract and cancel should find alternate presenters; otherwise, you may be limited to one abstract for future meetings.
All submissions will be printed directly from the online submission form and must contain a descriptive title, authors, affiliation(s), presenter contact information, and abstract.
Title: Submit a descriptive title in uppercase and lowercase, capitalizing each word. Acronyms should not be used.
Author(s): Use initials for the author's first (and middle) name(s). Indicate the presenting author. Contact the Secretariat for instructions if there are more than 10 authors.
Presenting author address and cell phone number: Include the complete mailing address. It is essential that the email address is accurate because information or questions regarding abstracts and presentations will be sent via email. The presenting author's cell phone is necessary to contact the author for questions on the abstract and for contact during the meeting.
Affiliation(s): Enter the affiliation(s) in uppercase and lowercase; e.g., University of California, Berkeley. Do not include department name or full address.
Abstract: The abstract must be one concise paragraph that contains a summary of the problem, the work conducted, and the results. PLEASE NOTE: The minimum abstract length is 150 words and the maximum size of the abstract is restricted to 2,000 characters.
A 50-word bio will be requested for use in the app for the meeting.
HPS Program Deadlines
ANY member of the Society, other science professionals, and students may submit an abstract for presentation at the annual or midyear meetings.
The priority of abstract acceptance will be as follows:
1. Society members.
2. Nonmembers sponsored by Society members.
3. Unsponsored nonmembers.
PLEASE NOTE: Sponsors should endorse the abstract by including their name and HPS ID number on the electronic form.
Notification of acceptance will be sent to the presenting author in April 2019.
Please note that the technical session you select is for Program Committee guidance only. Due to scheduling or topical interest, the Program Committee may find it necessary to reassign your presentation to a technical session different from what you selected.
All presenters must check in at the Speaker Ready Room the day prior to their session to ensure any problems with the presentation are corrected.
All oral presenters will be required to accept or deny copyright approval. If accepted, HPS will have the option of posting the presentation online with others from the meeting.
PLEASE NOTE: Presenters who wish to make changes to their previously submitted computer presentation will be accommodated as availability allows. Revisions on CD-R or flash drive media will be accepted. Minor revisions may be done on the computer in the Speaker Ready Room on a first-come, first-served basis.
Your Choice of Oral or Poster
At the Health Physics Society's annual meeting, you can choose which type of presentation you prefer. Presentations may be in an oral or poster format. Oral presentations are 12 minutes, with an additional 3 minutes for questions. The Program Committee will make every attempt possible to accommodate your preference. For busy sessions, preference will be given on a first-come, first-served basis based on the submission date. So submit your abstracts early to get the best chance for your preferred presentation type.
If there is a reason that a presentation must be in either the oral or poster format exclusively, please explain the reason and the Program Committee will make every effort to accommodate your request (e.g., your organization will only support travel for oral presentations).
Please indicate if you wish to withdraw your abstract in the event that your preference cannot be accommodated.
Sessions sponsored and organized by a section of the Society (e.g., Decommissioning, Environmental/Radon, Medical, etc.) or by a group such as the American Academy of Health Physics are considered special sessions. Please note that submissions of abstracts for special sessions are by invitation only; do not choose this category if you have not been asked by the special session organizer.
Please contact Program Committee Task Force Chair Tim Taulbee at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to set up or sponsor a special session. There is no cost for setup or sponsorship of a special session, but space can be limited so contact the Task Force chair early.
Are You Interested in Serving as a Technical Session Chair?
Do you have a special interest in a technical session or specific expertise in a specialized area? The Program Committee is always looking for volunteers to serve as technical session cochairs. Two cochairs are needed for every technical session. If you are interested in serving as cochair for one of the technical areas, or have questions regarding presentations or the technical topics listed, please contact Program Committee Task Force Chair Tim Taulbee at email@example.com.
Letter of Invitation/Visa Requests
Should you require a letter of invitation to apply for a travel visa, please email the Secretariat at Reception@BurkInc.com your full name, abstract number, mailing address, country, and passport number. Once your registration is completed, a visa letter will be emailed.
Financial Aid for Students
If you are a student and would like financial aid to attend the meeting, the Health Physics Society offers a limited number of travel grants and travel/worker grants for health physics students planning to attend the meeting. To be eligible for this award, a student must be a current member of HPS, must be an undergraduate or graduate student in health physics or a closely related field with an area of concentration in health physics, must have a strong health physics career interest, and MUST be willing to work at the HPS meeting. The application will be available in early April at https://hps.org/apply/travelgrant.html.
Computer projection is the presentation format for all sessions. Presentations shall be prepared in Microsoft PowerPoint.
Guidelines for preparing visuals will be posted on the HPS website in the annual meeting section.
If your abstract is accepted for oral presentation, your computer presentation file(s) must be uploaded to the Secretariat website: http://www.burkinc.net/hpsMY/
by 5:00 p.m. EDT 30 June 2019.
These files will be reviewed by the Program Committee for format, compatibility with meeting site software/hardware, and appropriateness. Changes may be required due to font substitutions, differences between the version of software used to create the presentation and that used to display the presentation, or font size/color. Individual visuals may be rejected if presentation guidelines are not followed.
Tips to Writing a Good Abstract
The Program Committee's decision to accept or reject an abstract is largely based upon the ability of the committee to understand your work to ensure it is applicable to the field of radiation safety and is not an advertisement of a company product. Below are some tips to writing a good abstract.
· Purpose and title of the work:
o Is the purpose clearly stated and are the issues current?
o Is the title descriptive of the abstract?
· Experimental procedures (if applicable), analytical methods (if applicable), and discussion/review:
o Are the procedures well described?
o Is (are) the discussion/review and/or analytical methods clearly presented?
· Application or relevance to the field of health physics: Is the work relevant or directly applicable?
· Conclusions: Are the conclusions based on an appropriate quality and quantity of data?
· Appropriateness of material for presentation: The material should be in the field of radiation safety.
Please note that an abstract will not be rejected simply because it may be controversial. The Program Committee believes that our scientific meetings are the perfect venue to discuss controversial topics and encourages all presenters and attendees to debate controversial topics that affect our practice of radiation safety.
Accelerator Section's Student Paper Awards
Students, are you giving a presentation or poster at the annual meeting on a topic related to accelerator health physics? If so, please note that your presentation or poster automatically will be considered for one of two student awards given each year by the Health Physics Society Accelerator Section. No need to apply; the judges will identify your topic from the abstract you submitted. For more information on the H. Wade Patterson Memorial Award and the Lutz Moritz Memorial Award, please see the Accelerator Section website (http://hpschapters.org/sections/accelerator/awards.php3).