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International Phytotechnology Conference - IPC 2020

Hindsight is 2020: Looking at Past Successes for a Clearer Vision of the Future of Phytotechnologies

28 September - 2 October
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Hosted by International Phytotechnology Society and the US Dept of Energy- Argonne National Laboratory

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Attention: Conference Update in regards to Covid-19 Global Epidemic:

Currently, the International Phytotechnology Society is still continuing with the planning to hold the IPC2020 at its scheduled time. We are actively tracking how this dynamic situation changes as we move forward, including travel requirements into the U.S. and restrictions that are country-specific or regionally-specific. We are also in contact with our co-organizers at the Argonne National Laboratory regarding these and any other requirements or restrictions that may be imposed or lifted moving forward. 

At this time, we are still encouraging you to submit abstracts. Click on the menu tabs for more Conference and Abstract Submission details. 

In the event that we are forced to cancel the Conference, or you are prohibited from attending for any reason, a full refund will be provided for the registration fees paid. However, the Society, Argonne, and DoE cannot assist in or provide any refunds of any part of travel expenses incurred prior to or after any announcement of cancellation, whether the cancellation is associated with Covid-19 or not. 

Registration Fee

  Before Jul-31-20 After Jul-31-20
International Phytotechnology Society Members $350.00 $400.00
Non-members $550.00 $650.00
Students $250.00 $250.00

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Registration includes most meals and all break refreshments. 
Registration may be closed early due to limited space. 
Student registrants must have a valid ID. 
Members must have a confirmed IPS membership in good standing. 

Important Dates: 
15 May Abstracts Due EXTENDED 
31 May Notification of Abstract Acceptance and Selection (platform or poster) 
30 June Argonne Gate Access Registration Due 
31 July End of Early Registration Rates 
15 Sept Final Agenda Published 
28 Sept Start of IPC2020

Venue

Advanced Photon Source (APS) Conference Center and Guest House (GH) at Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory Advanced Photon Source 9700 S. Cass Avenue Buildings 401 (APS) and 460 (GH) Lemont, IL 60439 USA

A block of rooms is available at the Argonne Guest House (a 300-meter walk to the APS Conference Center).
Early bookings are encouraged.

The room block includes multiple king rooms ($102.50/night) and a few rooms with two twin beds ($112.50/night).
Additionally, suites (four bedrooms, eight twin beds, two bathrooms, kitchen) may be available and ideal for student groups. Call the Guest House at 800-632-8990 to ask about availability.

To reserve a room at the Argonne Guest House, use: https://www.anlgh.org
On the hotel registration website, enter “Intl Phytotechnology Society” as the Group Name, “Kathy Gorgan” as the Argonne contact, "CELS" as her department, and “630-252-8054” as her phone.

Hotels

Sponsored Hotel

Argonne National Laboratory - Guest House
9700 S. Cass Ave, Building 460
Lemont, Illinois 60439
1-800-632-8990

This is the main sponsored hotel located within walking distance of the Conference Center and also within the secure facility of Argonne National Laboratory. Early bookings are encouraged. On the hotel registration website, enter “Intl Phytotechnology Society” as the Group Name, “Kathy Gorgan” as the Argonne contact, "CELS" as her department, and “630-252-8054” as her phone.

In addition to making a hotel reservation, you must register with the ANL secure facility by following the instructions on the Travel page.

0.30km from the venue

Rates: The room block includes multiple king rooms ($102.50/night) and a few rooms with two twin beds ($112.50/night). Additionally, suites (four bedrooms, eight twin beds, two bathrooms, kitchen) may be available and ideal for student groups.

https://www.anlgh.org

Crowne Plaza Burr Ridge
300 South Frontage Road
Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527 United States
1-630-325-2900

10.00km from the venue

Rates: $108, per night plus tax, includes continental breakfast

https://www.crowneplaza.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=CP&localeCode=en®ionCode=1&hotelCode=chibu&_PMID=99801505&GPC=IPC&cn=no&viewfullsite=true

Aloft Bolingbrook
500 N Janes Ave
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

11.25km from the venue

Rates: $97 per night, includes a breakfast

https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1580252110091&key=GRP

Travel Information

Attention: Conference Update in regards to Covid-19 Global Epidemic:

Currently, the International Phytotechnology Society is still continuing with the planning to hold the IPC2020 at its scheduled time. We are actively tracking how this dynamic situation changes as we move forward, including travel requirements into the U.S. and restrictions that are country-specific or regionally-specific. We are also in contact with our co-organizers at the Argonne National Laboratory regarding these and any other requirements or restrictions that may be imposed or lifted moving forward. 

In the event that we are forced to cancel the Conference, or you are prohibited from attending for any reason, a full refund will be provided for the registration fees paid. However, the Society, Argonne, and DoE cannot assist in or provide any refunds of any part of travel expenses incurred prior to or after any announcement of cancellation, whether the cancellation is associated with Covid-19 or not. 


Registration to attend IPC2020 is a two-step process for all attendees. 

You need to register with the International Phytotechnology Society and also complete a visitor registration with Argonne National Laboratory to obtain visitor gate access. 

Step 1. Registration and payment to International Phytotechnology Society Conference. Click the registration button from the menu at the Left. 

Step 2. Registration with Argonne National Laboratory for site access. Argonne National Laboratory is a secure U.S. Department of Energy facility. 

General information on visiting Argonne National Laboratory is available at https://www.anl.gov/visiting-argonne. Site entry requirements and rules are listed at https://www.anl.gov/site-entry-requirements. 

Use this link https://apps.anl.gov/registration/visitors to begin the registration process. 

For the Sponsor email, enter knepperj@anl.gov. 

 It is recommended that you complete the Argonne site access registration (Step 2) by June 30, 2020 (even if you have not completed Step 1 yet). Site access registration will be handled as efficiently as possible, but it is imperative for non-U.S. citizens to register with Argonne as early as possible . 

Please contact Ms. Jeri Knepper (knepperj@anl.gov) with questions. 

 When arriving at Argonne for the first time, attendees should allow extra time to first go to the Argonne Information Center (just outside the Main Gate) to show photo identification and pick up their pre-arranged visitor gate pass. Once you obtain your visitor pass, you can go to the Main Gate where you will need to show your pass and identification to allow access to the Laboratory grounds.

Airports

O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

40.00km from the venue

To reach Argonne from O’Hare International Airport, take I-294 south to I-55. Exit west on I-55 (toward St. Louis) and continue for about four miles to Cass Avenue. Exit south on Cass and turn right at the Argonne sign on Northgate Road, immediately south of I-55. Follow Northgate Road to the Visitor Reception Center. (Google Maps) 

Information for users of limos, taxis, Uber, Lyft, etc. is at https://www.anl.gov/site-entry-requirements 

Booking a ride with Lyft or Uber: Choose Argonne Guest House instead of Argonne National Laboratory as your pick up or drop off location. This will allow your driver to pick you up or drop you off at the front entrance of the Guest House instead of the Laboratory front gate.

Midway Airport (MDW)

27.00km from the venue

To reach Argonne from Midway Airport, take Cicero Avenue north to I-55. Enter I-55 south and continue for about 14 miles to Cass Avenue. Exit south on Cass and turn right at the Argonne sign on Northgate Road, immediately south of I-55. Follow Northgate Road to the Visitor Reception Center. 

Information for users of limos, taxis, Uber, Lyft, etc. is at https://www.anl.gov/site-entry-requirements 

Booking a ride with Lyft or Uber: Choose Argonne Guest House instead of Argonne National Laboratory as your pick up or drop off location. This will allow your driver to pick you up or drop you off at the front entrance of the Guest House instead of the Laboratory front gate.

Program

TENTATIVE Program Overview: 

28 September- Pre-Conference Workshop (all day) $75 (Optional) 

28 September- Reception (evening) Included, alcohol extra 

29 September- Opening Plenary (AM) Included 

29 September- Technical Sessions (PM) Included 

30 September- Technical Sessions (all day) Included 

30 September- Arranged Outing (evening) Included (transportation only) 

1 October- Technical Sessions (AM) Included 

1 October- Closing Plenary (PM) Included 

1 October- Field Tours (post-conference) $TBD (Optional) 

2 October- Field Tours – cont. (off site) $TBD (with above)

Workshops & Activities

Keynote Speakers

Abstract Submission

Please consider submitting an abstract for a platform or poster presentation for IPC 2020 !


Attention: Conference Update in regards to Covid-19 Global Epidemic:

Currently, the International Phytotechnology Society is still continuing with the planning to hold the IPC2020 at its scheduled time. We are actively tracking how this dynamic situation changes as we move forward, including travel requirements into the U.S. and restrictions that are country-specific or regionally-specific. We are also in contact with our co-organizers at the Argonne National Laboratory regarding these and any other requirements or restrictions that may be imposed or lifted moving forward. 

At this time, we are still encouraging you to submit abstracts. See below for more details. 

In the event that we are forced to cancel the Conference, or you are prohibited from attending for any reason, a full refund will be provided for the registration fees paid. However, the Society, Argonne, and DoE cannot assist in or provide any refunds of any part of travel expenses incurred prior to or after any announcement of cancellation, whether the cancellation is associated with Covid-19 or not. 


This is a special year for IPS! It is our 20th anniversary of international conferences in this new year of 2020!

Our theme is 

Hindsight is 2020: Looking at Past Successes for a Clearer Vision of the Future of Phytotechnologies

It is time for a critical review of phytotechnology successes, also as many of the early researchers and operating pioneers are passing their torches to the new generations. 

We are especially looking for presentations this year about field sites that have been in operation more than 10 years, are mature and functioning well, and have lots of lessons learned to share.

Please download the complete Call for Abstracts document here and follow the sample abstract template and detailed instructions. 

Send your abstracts to david.tsao@bp.com by May 15 - EXTENDED.

Abstracts should follow any of these phytotechnology topics: 

• Long-Term Field Case Studies 

• Phytotechnologies for Organics 

• Phytotechnologies for POPs, Pharmaceuticals, and Other Emerging Chemicals of Concern 

• Phytotechnologies for Metals, Metalloids 

• Phytotechnologies for Nano-Scale Materials 

• Phytotechnologies for Nutrients, Agricultural or Other Non-Point Source Pollution 

• Phytotechnologies for Salt, Brine 

• Phytotechnologies for Acidic, Sodic, or Alkalinized Sites 

• Phytotechnologies for Mixed Wastes 

• Phytotechnologies for Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollutants 

• Alternative Landfill Covers/Evapotranspiration Covers 

• Phytohydraulics, Riparian and Stormwater Management 

• Constructed Treatment Wetlands 

• Mitigation/Restoration Wetlands 

• Eco-Restoration/Land Reclamation 

• Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change/Resiliency 

• Alternative Energy/Biofuels and Bioproducts from Plants or Phytomining 

• Green Roof, Green Wall, and Green Infrastructure Design and Applications 

• Soil Amendments for Phytotechnologies and/or Enhanced Plant Growth 

• Soil-Plant and Micro/Phytobiome Interactions and Processes 

• Phytotechnologies for Food Safety 

• Phyto-Monitoring, Phyto-Forensics, and Plant Sensor Technologies 

Contact Information

David Tsao, Ph.D; President, International Phytotechnology Society 

david.tsao@bp.com

Conference Committee

Attention: Conference Update in regards to Covid-19 Global Epidemic:

Currently, the International Phytotechnology Society is still continuing with the planning to hold the IPC2020 at its scheduled time. We are actively tracking how this dynamic situation changes as we move forward, including travel requirements into the U.S. and restrictions that are country-specific or regionally-specific. We are also in contact with our co-organizers at the Argonne National Laboratory regarding these and any other requirements or restrictions that may be imposed or lifted moving forward. 

At this time, we are still encouraging you to submit abstracts. Click on the menu tabs for more Conference and Abstract Submission details. 

In the event that we are forced to cancel the Conference, or you are prohibited from attending for any reason, a full refund will be provided for the registration fees paid. However, the Society, Argonne, and DoE cannot assist in or provide any refunds of any part of travel expenses incurred prior to or after any announcement of cancellation, whether the cancellation is associated with Covid-19 or not. 


David Tsao, Ph.D – BP, IL, USA; President IPS 

John Quinn, Ph.D – US Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory, IL, USA 

Harrison Atagana, Ph.D – Univ. South Africa Pretoria, South Africa; Board of Directors IPS 

Joel Burken, Ph.D – Missouri Univ. Science & Technology, MO, USA 

Om Parkash Dhankher, Ph.D – Univ. Mass, MA, USA; Vice President IPS 

Larry Erickson, Ph.D – Kansas State Univ., KS, USA 

Mary Beth Leigh – Univ. Alaska Fairbanks, AK, USA; Board of Directors IPS 

Lou Licht – Ecolotree, IA, USA; Board of Directors IPS 

Matt Limmer, Ph.D – Univ. Delaware, DE, USA; Treasurer IPS 

Yongming Luo, Ph.D - Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, CAS, China; Vice President IPS 

Samuel (Xingmao) Ma, Ph.D – Texas A&M Univ., TX, USA; Board of Directors IPS 

Elena Maestri, Ph.D - University of Parma, Italy; Secretary IPS 

Marta Marmiroli, Ph.D - University of Parma, Italy 

Lee Newman, Ph.D – SUNY-ESF, NY, USA; Founding President IPS 

Azam Noori, Ph.D – Merrimack College, MA, USA Eugenia Olguin, Ph.D – INECOL, Mexico; Board of Directors IPS 

Steve Rock – US EPA ORD, OH, USA 

Liz Rylott, Ph.D – Univ. York, UK; Vice President IPS 

Renee Stoops – Plant Allies, RI, USA; Board of Directors IPS 

(Sunny) Chen Tu, Ph.D – Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, CAS, China; Board of Directors IPS 

Tomas Vanek, Ph.D - Inst. Experimental Botany CAS, Czech Republic; Board of Directors IPS 

Jason White, Ph.D – CAES, CT, USA; Immediate Past President IPS 

Ron Zalesny, Ph.D – US Forest Service, WS, USA; Board of Directors, IPS 

Barb Zeeb, Ph.D – Royal Military College, Canada; Executive Vice President IPS

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