The deadline for submitting abstracts for AD16 has been shifted from October 8th to November 1st. Chairman of the organizing committee Merle de Kreuk has stressed that this extension is a one-off. “For many people the deadline proved to be too tight and we want to offer the opportunity to submit strong abstracts. The quality of the conference will benefit from this decision.”
Merle de Kreuk indicates that there are now about one hundred abstracts. She expects that this number will have increased enormously by the day of the deadline. “It is always the case that the majority of submissions are made at the last moment. However, as we have gotten so many requests to postpone the deadline, extending the submission period was the best solution. I am hoping to receive 500 abstracts, but it could easily be 800 or more.”
AD16 coming to life
De Kreuk, professor of Environmental Technology at TU Delft, is chairman of the organizing committee of AD16. Among others, the first five keynote speakers for the conference have been confirmed: Willy Verstreate, Lutgarde Raskin, Alfred Sporman, Mark van Loosdrecht and Raul Muñoz. Thanks to these speakers, AD16 is already beginning to take shape.
“Arrangements have been made for the tourist excursions on the final day and these are described on the conference website”, adds De Kreuk. Currently she is finalizing the substantive excursions and talking with potential sponsors. In order to complete some other matters, De Kreuk must wait for the definitive number of abstracts and applications.
De Kreuk is also one of the reviewers who will assess the abstracts, together with about 200 other reviewers. The reviewing process takes a lot of time. Does the subject fit the theme? Is it innovative enough? How concrete is the subject? Are there results already? We will take all of this into consideration in the evaluation. And each abstract goes through at least three reviewers.
She urges people not to wait until the final submission date. “We are ready to review the abstracts. The sooner we receive them, the sooner we can finalize program. Then AD16 can really get started.”