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IICRC and CIRI Team Up for Technical Conference

Help Build Cleaning and Restoration Science

The IICRC’s Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection will hold its first IICRC Technical Conference in the spring of 2016, with a focus on restoration and remediation.

After recently forming a public trust with the IICRC to develop and disseminate cleaning and restoration science, the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) will jointly sponsor the conference, adding its wealth of science and technical knowledge to that of the IICRC and The Journal.

“The first conference I attended as an IICRC Board member was a CIRI Science Symposium,” said IICRC Chairman Tony Wheelwright. “Since then I have worked with CIRI leadership to promote the collaboration between our organizations for the good of the general public. The coupling of our new technical conference which was developed as a companion to our peer-review technical journal, The Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection, with the CIRI symposium is the realization of that dream.”

The conference and symposium will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta, April 10-11, 2016. The conference and symposium will be at the same location as the IICRC Board of Directors and Certification Council meetings. Conference attendees are invited to sit in on the IICRC meetings to observe firsthand the inner workings of the industry’s certification and standards-writing organization.

“This collaboration joins together two major segments of the cleaning industry: facilities cleaning and disaster restoration-remediation,” said CIRI Chairman Jim Harris. “Each organization has been the leading voice for technical proficiency backed by science in its market. Working together, we will bring even greater synergy and more progress.”

For agenda and registration information, contact Carole Onweller at or (740) 616-9633. For those interested in presenting at the conference, please see below for details:

•    For The Journal: Proposed papers for the conference should be based on original research or a comprehensive review of existing research. Please include title, author(s) and summary or abstract and submit to: John Downey, editor, The Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection at, or call (740) 616-7248. All submissions will be confidentially reviewed by Downey, and with permission of the author(s), one or more members of an appropriate IICRC Technical Advisory Committee.

•    For CIRI: Proposed title, authors and brief summary, abstract or outline of the topic or paper for presentation should be emailed not later than Dec. 15, 2014 to: Steven M. Spivak, CIRI advisory chair and University of Maryland, School of Engineering professor emeritus at Spivak is being assisted by other CIRI science and research leaders. Submissions will be subject to confidential internal CIRI review for content, rigor and applicability.

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