HPS 65th Annual Meeting


July 5th-9th 2020

Call for Abstracts

Deadline – January 24, 2020

Instructions for abstract submission are followed by abstract form on this page

Call for Abstracts is also available in PDF format: HPS - 2020 Call for Abstracts.pdf

The 65th Annual Meeting will be held close to the nation’s capital in National Harbor, Maryland, July 5th – 9th, 2020. National Harbor, Maryland home of the 2020 Annual Health Physics Society meeting is located on the banks of the historic Potomac River just minutes from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. It is known for its great shopping, trendy restaurants, waterfront resort space, and the iconic Capital Wheel makes National Harbor a destination like no other. The annual meeting will be another great meeting and it is the time for you to be a part of what makes it that way, we are putting out the call for papers in the full spectrum of radiation protection specialties. Everyone is welcome to come and share their work, their research, and their experiences that make the meeting worthwhile every year.

Please submit your abstract (including special-session abstracts) through the HPS website: http://www.burkclients.com/hps/2020AM/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 Zach Tribbett the 2020 Program Committee representative for Special Session coordination at zachariah.tribbett@yale.edu..

The Program Committee will meet on February 20th – 22nd to plan the 2020 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 Committee respectfully requests that you submit your abstracts by January 24th 2020 to give us ample time to review them in preparation for our planning meeting.


Special Announcement – Early Submissions Rewards Program: This year we are trying a new approach to encourage meeting presenters to submit by the deadline (January 24th 2020).  The Program Committee will award five (5) $100 registration discounts for abstracts submitted by the Jan 24th deadline.  To be eligible for the award the following criteria must be met:

The Program Committee will hold a drawing at the end of the planning meeting and the five winners will be announced in the HPS Newsletter following the planning meeting.

Meeting Format

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 July 6th followed by Poster presentations in the exhibit Hall after lunch. Technical Sessions start later in the afternoon and continue through Thursday afternoon.


Technical Sessions

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

·         Instrumentation

·         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

·         Regulatory/Licensing

·         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://burkclients.com/hps/2020AM/abstracts/

Deadline: January 24, 2020

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.


Abstract Instructions


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


January 24, 2020

Abstract submission deadline

May 2020

Presenter registration deadline

June 2020

Authors submit presentation

Author Eligibility

ANY member of the Society, other science professionals, and students may submit an abstract for presentation at the annual or midyear meetings.



Abstract Acceptance

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 2020.

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.


Presentation Style?

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.


Special Sessions

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 Special Session Coordinator Zach Tribbett at zachariah.tribbett@yale.edu 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 Co-Chairs. Two Co-Chairs are needed for every Technical Session. If you are interested in serving as Co-Chair for one of the technical areas, or have questions regarding presentations or the technical topics listed, please contact the Program Committee Task Force Chair: Neil Whiteside at NeilWhitesideHPS@gmail.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.


Presentation Requirements

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 Web site by the deadline stated in your abstract acceptance notification.

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).



Please contact either Program Committee Task Force Chair Neil Whiteside at NeilWhitesideHPS@gmail.com or the HPS Secretariat at HPS@BurkInc.com, 703-790-1745 (or fax 703-790-2672).

Abstract Submittal Form

Fields marked with * are obligatory.

Contact Information

Include the complete mailing address. It is essential that the e-mail address is accurate because information or questions regarding abstracts and presentations will be sent via e-mail.

*First Name
*Last Name
*Address 1
Address 2
Address 3
ZIP/Postal Code
HPS Member ID number
(if HPS Member)
Are you a student?  


Author(s): Enter author's first name in full and middle name initials, e.g. "John A." Indicate the presenting author.
Affiliation(s): Enter the affiliation(s) in upper and lower case; e.g., University of California, Berkeley. Do not include department name or full address.

*Author 1 First and middle initials, e.g.: JF: *Last Name: *Affiliation:
Author 2 First and middle initials, e.g.: JF: Last Name: Affiliation:
Author 3 First and middle initials, e.g.: JF: Last Name: Affiliation:
Author 4 First and middle initials, e.g.: JF: Last Name: Affiliation:
Author 5 First and middle initials, e.g.: JF: Last Name: Affiliation:
Author 6 First and middle initials, e.g.: JF: Last Name: Affiliation:
Author 7 First and middle initials, e.g.: JF: Last Name: Affiliation:
Author 8 First and middle initials, e.g.: JF: Last Name: Affiliation:
Author 9 First and middle initials, e.g.: JF: Last Name: Affiliation:
Author 10 First and middle initials, e.g.: JF: Last Name: Affiliation:
*Presenting Author
*Presenter's Cellphone No.
*Presenter's Email Address
Presenter's Biography (up to 50 words)

Abstract Information

Title: Submit the title in upper and lower case, capitalizing each word. Acronyms should not be used.
Abstract: The abstract must be one concise paragraph. Do not include author names or affiliations. Credits should be placed at the end of the text of the abstract. Use an asterisk as an indicator of the credit.
(Note: The minimum abstract length is 150 words and the maximum size of the abstract is restricted to 2000 characters.)

*Abstract Title
*Abstract Text
*Presentation Format
*Session Topic
Volunteer to Chair  
HPS Sponsor
if not a member of HPS
Sponsor's HPS ID