2021 Call for Presenters

The Call for Presenters is now closed.
Thank you to all who submitted abstracts!

Each year, I2SL invites designers, builders, managers, owners, manufacturers, and other industry leaders to present their latest sustainable lab advancements and technologies during the I2SL Annual Conference. We recently requested all interested professionals to submit an abstract to present at the 2021 I2SL Annual Conference in Atlanta, September 27-29.

I2SL is planning to hold the 2021 conference in person at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, as long as it is safe to do so. If your abstract is selected, the expectation is that you will present in-person, unless the conference format changes to virtual, in which case recordings will be accepted.

Note: If you submitted an abstract and did not receive a confirmation email, your abstract may not have been received. Check your spam or junk folder too. Email I2SL if you have any questions.

  • Presenter Deadlines
  • Conference Topics of Interest
  • Presentation Guidelines
  • Registration Requirements
  • Speaker Benefits
  • Presenter Deadlines

    Friday, April 5, 2021 Extended Call for Presenters submission deadline
    May 2021 Applicants will be notified via email of their status.
    Friday, August 13, 2021 Deadline to cancel speaking
    Monday, September 20, 2021 Conference presentations due to I2SL in advance of the conference.
    September 27-29, 2021 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia

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    Conference Topics of Interest

    I2SL is looking for submissions in the following areas, but presentations are not limited to these areas if relevant to sustainable laboratories:


    • Case studies on projects producing sustainable results
    • Sustainable laboratory design and building systems (new and retrofit)
    • Design and engineering that improves coordination among EH&S, O&M and users
    • Spatial justice: designing to uplift under-represented clients
    • Sustainable vivarium strategies

    Lab Owners/Managers/Users

    • Utilizing lab space more efficiently and sharing research resources
    • Laboratory conservation and education programs for lab managers and users
    • Challenges and successes in reducing laboratory waste streams
    • Green Labs in action
    • Gaining and retaining PIs and users in planning, design, and operations

    Environmental Health and Safety

    • Balancing environmental health, safety, and security with sustainability
    • Laboratory codes, standards, and hazard assessments
    • HVAC control strategies for operational success in safety, health, and efficiency
    • Lessons learned from reopening labs during COVID-19

    Optimizing Lab Performance

    • Comparing actual energy consumption to what was modeled
    • Use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling and live monitoring for actual lab ventilation
    • Case studies of start-up and continuous commissioning of labs
    • Carbon neutrality and net-zero energy or all-electric labs

    Special/Regional Lab Considerations

    • Integrating labs into Main Street and neighborhoods
    • Strategies for repurposing malls, department stores and office spaces
    • Considerations for incorporating equity in lab plans, designs, and utilization
    • Managing change in lab design and ownership

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Justice

    • Making access to research funding more equitable
    • Positive contributions of research institutions on DEI and justice
    • Unintended impacts of research facilities on marginalized communities
    • DEI and justice considerations of the built environment
    • Connecting research outcomes to DEI and justice

    Atlanta, Georgia, is a birthplace of the Civil Rights movement, and I2SLís Georgia chapter is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and justice within the research enterprise and the local community. With this in mind, I2SL and its Georgia chapter invite you to join us in these intentions and consider incorporating DEI and justice into your presentation or submitting on one of the DEI and justice topics listed above. As leaders in laboratory sustainability, we have an opportunity to reflect on the role of our community and of our organization in both contributing to the problem and to realizing true justice and social equity.

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    Presentation Guidelines

    Each presentation in a technical session whether one or two speakers will have a total of 20 minutes for the presentation and up to 10 minutes for questions and answers. Consider limiting your presentation to 10 to 20 slides to allow enough time for each slide. Our technical audience is looking for in-depth information on your projects, including challenges faced, lessons learned, and specific innovations incorporated. Sales presentations are prohibited.

    Presentations will be live in Atlanta, September 27-29. Remote presentations will not be allowed unless the conference format changes to virtual. Speakers should be prepared to present both in-person and virtually (i.e., present live on Zoom or pre-record your presentation and participate in a live Q&A on Zoom).

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    Registration Requirements

    All speakers are required to register for and attend the conference during their presentation time.

    If you cannot present, you must notify I2SL by Friday, August, 13, 2021, and provide a replacement speaker. If you do not notify I2SL and provide a replacement speaker by this deadline, I2SL may not consider you as a speaker for future conferences.

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    Speaker Benefits

    I2SL offers the following benefits to speakers:

    • Discounted registration fee (two discounts available per presentation).
    • Abstract or presentation considered for additional publication or webinar opportunities.
    • Name, abstract, biography, and presentation posted on the I2SL website, with speaker's permission.
    • Networking opportunities with other leaders in your field.

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