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

The InFORM conference examines surveillance and outbreak detection of enteric diseases, with a focus on those caused by contaminated foods, water and animals. Held every two years, InFORM brings together a diverse network of public health officials, including federal, state and local public health and laboratory scientists, epidemiologists, environmental health specialists and health communicators. The conference includes 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) Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch and Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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 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 with data supplied by PulseNet laboratories and 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.

Registration

Online pre-registration is required, with a registration fee of $200.

Registration will open in October 2019.

Program

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

Awards

Three awards will be presented at InFORM 2020, nominations for which will be solicited soon:

Funding

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

APHL will be offering a limited number of Public Health (Lab/Epi) and Environmental Health Funding Awards. Please complete the funding award application no later than October 31, 2019.

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.

About Atlanta

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