INFORM 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED

In light of the evolving national response efforts to COVID–19, we will be canceling the 2020 InFORM Conference scheduled for March 9–12 in Atlanta, GA. We regret any inconvenience and disruption this may cause, but we recognize the current challenges with people responding to COVID–19 in multiple jurisdictions and covering critical ongoing activities while colleagues are responding to COVID–19 across the US.

Please note that all registration fees will be refunded by APHL. 

​Learn more about why we decided to cancel and next steps for registrants.

For questions concerning registration fees, please contact Terry Reamer, senior specialist, Meetings, at terry.reamer@aphl.org. For other questions concerning the cancellation of InFORM, please contact Kristy Kubota, manager, PulseNet, at kristy.kubota@aphl.org.  



​​InFORM 2020​ (Cancelled)

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

​​Every two years the Integrated Foodborne Outbreak Response and Management (InFORM) Conference brings together public health officials charged with response to foodborne and enteric disease outbreaks. Public health laboratory scientists, epidemiologists, environmental health specialists and health communicators will find sessions of interest at this meeting.

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).


Invited Participants

  • Public health laboratory scientists who participate in 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 scientists from international public health agencies who are interested in learning more about the PulseNet Network or participating in it.

  • Epidemiologists who 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.

  • Health communicators responsible for messaging and materials related to enteric disease outbreaks, prevention of enteric diseases and food safety education.

Nearby Hotels

The sleeping room block at the Westin Peachtree Plaza is full. There are no more sleeping rooms available at our rate. Here is a list of nearby hotels for your consideration however none of them have special InFORM Conference rates.

Registration

Pre-registraton is now closed. You may now only register onsite.

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

Program

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

Awards

Four awards will be presented at InFORM 2020:

  • John J. Guzewich Environmental Public Health Team Award

  • PulseStar Award

  • Katie Kelley Award

  • Bill Keene Award for Excellence in Epidemiology

Funding

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
Participants may tour an FSIS regulated environment or the FSIS Eastern Regulatory Field Services Laboratory on Thursday afternoon, March 12, 2020. Participation is limited so please sign up early.

Travel

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.