Full Agenda Now Available!

The 2021 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency International Decontamination Research and Development Conference will be held virtually November 1-5, 2021. More information can be found on the conference page.

We’re excited to showcase over 50 experts this year across a variety of topics, including biological agent sampling and analysis, water research and oil spill response, waste management, several sessions dedicated to COVID-19, and many more. Still haven’t registered? It’s not too late! Register for the conference. 

This year we have a special session for student networking, where panelists will discuss their career paths and how they became interested in the decontamination field. There will also be a special session for COVID-19 research networking. Get together with your colleagues to discuss challenges, questions, and opportunities for collaboration in this open discussion. We are welcoming back our signature events – the Technology Café and Poster sessions. Check out the Full Agenda for information on our program this year.

Plenary Speakers

Monday, November 1 at 11:30 AM ET

Nation’s Cybersecurity and Related Environmental Challenges

Nitin Natarajan, Deputy Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Department of Homeland Security


Tuesday, November 2 at 11:00 AM ET

Social Science in Disasters: Tactics, Innovations, Results

Kim Fortun, PhD University of California – Irvine

Wednesday, November 3 at 11:00 AM ET

Water Sector Risk & Resilience: Successes and Challenges

Kevin Morley, PhD American Water Works Association


Thursday, November 4 at 11:00 AM ET

Disaster Predictions in Support of Response Preparedness in the Coastal Zone

Rick Leuttich, PhD University of North Carolina


Friday, November 5 at 11:00 AM ET

CDC COVID-19 Response: Grand Princess

LCDR Beth Wittry, MPH, REHS, CP-FS | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


We look forward to your participation!

The 2021 U.S. EPA International Decontamination Research and Development Conference Organizing Committee