Conference Date: June 10-12, 2019

Hosted at: Northeastern University, Boston

The Organizing Committee of the 2017 PFAS Conference is happy to announce that a second conference will be held  in Boston, June 10-12, 2019 at Northeastern University. The significant growth in the number of contaminated sites, public awareness, community organizing, public policy, advisories and regulation, scientific research, and media attention calls us to once again bring together the array of participants that made the first conference so successful.

Registration Link: Click here to register!

*Note: Your registration ‘cart’ will be editable, so you can add your conference registration as well as meals for each day.

Registration Fees:

  • $50 for students/community members
  • $100 for academic/industry/government/general public
  • Meals are an additional $25 per day

Call for Posters: Poster Abstract Submission and Information

Tentative Schedule: click here.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will be keynote speaker.
  • Arlene Blum, Green Science Policy Institute
  • Patrick Breysse, ATSDR
  • Rob Bilott, Taft Law
  • Julia Brody, Silent Spring Institute
  • Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group
  • Chris Higgins, Colorado School of Mines
  • Sharon Lerner, The Intercept
  • Detlef R.U. Knappe, North Carolina State University
  • Gina McCarthy, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Gloria Post, New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Laura Anderko, Georgetown University
  • Andrea Amico, Testing for Pease

Travel Support: We have a limited amount of funding to help members of community groups pay for travel. If you are interested in applying for travel support, please email Melanie Smith with your request, and why you would like to attend:

Hotel blocks for the nights of June 9th, 10th and 11th, 2019 will be available to those who are seeking accommodations. Please see below the current hotel locations, rates, and booking information (note, these are subject to availability):

  • Colonnade Hotel ($299+tax) – website here – to book, click on the room block page, linked here. Or call the reservation desk and request to book with the “Northeastern University PFAS Conference.”
  • Copley Square Hotel ($299+tax) – website here – to book click, on the room block page, linked here. Or call the reservation desk and request to book with the Northeastern room block under “NORTH0609.”
  • Holiday Inn ($189+tax) – website here – to book online or over the phone, use the hotel block code “NUG.” (Please note the location of this hotel. It is accessible by hotel shuttle to the subway, or via ride-share or taxi).
  • Hampton Inn ($235+tax) – website here – to book, visit the webpage here for the event block rate.
  • MassArt Dorms (10 min walk to NU) ($46/pp shared, $63 single) – website here – to book, email Charbra Parkman at 617-879-5103 or via email at

Location Details: The conference will be held in the Raytheon Amphitheater (ground floor) of the Egan Research Center building (street address: 120 Forsyth St, Boston).

Public Transportation: Egan Research Center is located right next to the Ruggles Station on the Orange T/Subway line (map here). It is also very close to the Northeastern University Station on the Green T/Subway line (map here).

Parking: On campus parking options include the Renaissance Parking Garage at 835 Columbus Avenue (map here) which is closest, as well as the Gainsborough Parking Garage at 10 Gainsborough Street (map here).

Please email Melanie Smith with any questions:

This conference is supported by grant funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and is co-hosted by the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute – SSEHRI (Northeastern University, Boston, MA), Silent Spring Institute (Newton, MA), Testing for Pease (Portsmouth, NH), Toxics Action Center (Boston, MA), Sources, Transport, Exposure, & Effects of PFAS – STEEP (University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).