About the Integrated Foodborne Outbreak Response and Management (InFORM) Conference

The InFORM conference brings together the network of public health officials involved with foodborne and enteric disease outbreak response. This includes federal, state and local public health and laboratory scientists, epidemiologists, environmental health specialists and health communicators. Held every two years, the conference will consist of a keynote speaker, plenary and discipline-specific sessions and poster presentations.

InFORM is jointly sponsored by APHL, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases (DFWED), the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE).


InFORM 2020

March 9-12, 2020
The Westin Peachtree Plaza | Atlanta, GA

Invited Participants

  • Public health laboratory personnel who are part of the PulseNet Network or are interested in standardized whole genome sequencing subtyping of enteric pathogens for public health surveillance.

  • PulseNet participants and epidemiologists from the FDA and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and Agricultural Research Service.

  • Laboratory personnel from international public health agencies who are interested in learning more about PulseNet or participating in PulseNet.

  • Epidemiologists who work to investigate local or multistate outbreaks of enteric pathogens, such as E. coli, Salmonella spp. and Listeria spp.

  • Environmental health specialists involved in illness outbreak investigations at local, state, tribal or federal agencies or departments.

  • Health communicators involved in enteric disease outbreak and prevention and food safety education.


Registraton is now open.

Pre-registration is required. Online registration (links below) is available for credit card payments. Download the registration form below to pay by check.

Registration fees are as follows:

  • $200 for non-federal employees (with printed materials)
  • $175 for non-federal employees (with no printed materials)
  • $175 for federal employees


As presentations are selected, detailed programs will be provided for the laboratory, epidemiology, environmental health and communications science tracks.

Oral Sessions and Poster Submissions

The abstract submission date has passed but there will be a call for Late Breaker abstracts in early 2020.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education for this activity is pending. See final announcement in the conference program for details.


Four awards will be presented at InFORM 2020:


Laboratory and epidemiology personnel that have ELC or EIP funding are expected to use those funds for travel expenses to this conference.

FSIS Tours

March 12, 2020
Tour either an FSIS regulated environment or the FSIS Eastern Regulatory Field Services Laboratory on Thursday afternoon, March 12, 2020. Participated is strictly limited so sign up soon.


Hotel Reservations

The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel 
210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

APHL has reserved a block of rooms at $164.00 single/double plus tax per night (this is the 2020 federal per diem rate). This rate is valid until February 14, 2020 or until the block is filled. Learn more.

About Atlanta

The conference will be in downtown Atlanta. Learn more about Atlanta and its surrounding areas.


Funding Disclaimer
This conference was supported by Cooperative Agreement #5NU60OE000103 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibilities of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the CDC or the US Department of Health and Human Services. This project was 100% funded with federal funds from a federal program of $1,813,968.