Call for Abstracts

2018 AEC Call for Abstracts

82nd NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition
June 25–28, 2018, Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, California

Deadline for Abstract Submission: October 31, 2017

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We are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for interactive presentations, single/multiple speaker presentations (lecture or panel formats), learning labs, tabletop exercises, roundtable discussions, poster presentations, and other interactive and innovative presentation formats for the 2018 AEC— the premier educational conference and exhibition for environmental health professionals. 

To Submit a Proposal

Prepare the following information and submit online

  • Title of submission
  • Conference track preference, secondary track preference (optional). Reviewers may move your submission to a more appropriate track based on the content provided in the submission.
  • Session format: 20-minute single lecture; 50-minute single lecture, panel lecture, or roundtable discussion; 110-minute panel discussion, learning lab, tabletop exercise, or other innovative presentation format
  • Audience level: introductory, advanced, or all
  • Key takeaways (50 words maximum) for use on conference website and mobile app if accepted
  • Abstract (100 words maximum) for use on conference website and mobile app if accepted
  • Extended abstract (500 words maximum) for use by reviewers to judge your proposal
  • Purpose statement: provide  a 1) problem statement, 2) what’s new statement, and 3) deliverables statement to assist reviewers in understanding the practical application of the information to be presented in your presentation


Review Criteria

The 2018 AEC Review Committee will review all submissions based on quality, relevance, impact, and originality. Prospective presenters are welcome to reference products as long as product references add to the educational value and are presented in a noncommercial fashion.

  1. Quality: Presentation submissions should be well organized and easily understood. The abstract and summary are judged as indicators of what can be expected of the session.
  2. Relevance: Presentation submission should be highly relevant to the interests of the environmental health audience in general and the track topic in particular.
  3. Impact: Presentation submissions should contribute to the educational mission of NEHA. Submissions reporting on emerging environmental health issues, important results, methodologies, or case studies of special significance will be favorably considered. 
  4. Originality: Presentation submissions on innovative technologies, case studies for innovative designs, or other novel results that contribute to NEHA’s goal of providing a high-quality educational program for practicing environmental health professionals will be favorably considered.
  5. Commercial content: Product promotion is not permitted. Evidence of product promotion in presentation submissions will lead to rejection of the submission. It is acceptable to use a product in a design case study or as a proof of concept for a design methodology.

Note: The 2018 AEC Review Committee reserves the right to request edits to submitted presentations or to reject a submitted presentation if it does not meet review criteria or follow submission guidelines.

2018 AEC Tracks 

Below is a list of 2018 Tracks and disciplines. All relevant proposal, including topics other than those listed, will be considered.

1. Water

  • Onsite Wastewater
  • Recreational Water, including shorelines
  • Water Reuse
  • Premise Plumbing
  • Unregulated Drinking Water
  • Water Quality

2. Air

  • Air Quality

3. Food

  • Food Safety & Defense
  • Home Restaurants

4. Informatics 

  • EH Tracking & Informatics
  • Technology and Environmental Health

5. Built Environments

  • EH Health Impact Assessment
  • Healthy Homes & Communities
  • Land Use Planning & Design
  • School & Institutions
  • Lead

6. Emergency Preparedness

  • Emergency Preparedness & Response

7. General Environmental Health

  • Emerging EH Issues
  • Hazardous & Toxic Materials
  • General EH
  • Solid Waste
  • Food Waste
  • Sustainability
  • Global EH

8. Special Populations

  • Children’s EH
  • Environmental Justice
  • Uniformed Services

9. Workforce and Leadership

  • Leadership/Management/Enumeration
  • Student & Young Professional Career Development

10. Climate and Health

  • Climate Change

11. Infectious and Vector Borne Diseases

  • Pathogens & Outbreaks
  • Vector Control & Zoonotic Diseases 

*Student Research Presentations – Exhibit Hall

2018 AEC Contact: Kristie Denbrock, Education Coordinator,


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