Symposium on Microplastics Analytical and Reference Standards -- Opportunities to Advance Microplastic Science

Date: June 30, 2022

Event Location:  Hyatt Regency Seattle, Seattle, WA, United States

Organized by: ASTM Committees D19 on Water and D20 on Plastics



About the Event

The Symposium on Microplastics Analytical and Reference Standards -- Opportunities to Advance Microplastic Science will be held Thursday, June 30, 2022. Sponsored by ASTM Committees D19 on Water and D20 on Plastics, the symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Seattle in Seattle, WA, in conjunction with the June 2022 standards development meetings of the committee.  The language of the symposium will be English.


Objective and Scope

The primary goal of this symposium is to serve as a mechanism to raise awareness of the various microplastics sampling, preparation, and analysis activities that are occurring in the US and across the globe. Many organizations—academic, commercial, and non-profit included—have started work on microplastics sampling and analytical methods and the time is ripe to engage one another and confer on best practices, challenges, and future steps. It is our hope that this symposium will catalyze creation and adoption of new methods for microplastic analysis that will enable researchers to produce the highest caliber science in this burgeoning discipline.

Appropriate topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Sampling techniques – ocean collection, water column sampling, filtration and capture methods.
  • Sample processing – biological specimen preparation, natural material digestion protocols, density separation.
  • Analytical analysis – Spectroscopy, including IR, Raman, LDIR; Pyrolysis / gas chromatography / mass spectrometry; hyperspectral imaging.
  • Reference material development – cryo, jet, and mechanical milling techniques; direct synthesis; ablative techniques such as ultrasound and high-intensity light.



Abstract Submission

To participate in the symposium, authors must submit a 250 to 300-word preliminary abstract using the online Abstract Submission Portal no later than DATE. To ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database, please email and let us know that you have submitted an abstract.

The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper's suitability for this symposium. The symposium chair(s) will notify you via email and postal mail by DATE of your paper’s acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the author will be requested to submit a final abstract a few months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in a program booklet at the symposium.


Publication Information

Symposium authors are required to submit their papers to the Selected Technical Papers (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors’ instructions via email. Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than April 15, 2022 at the ASTM Editorial Office. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a copy of his/her paper in portable document format (PDF). All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost. Only those papers submitted by the manuscript due date will be included in the STP.

Please note that all submitted papers are subject to peer review by two independent reviewers. The STP will be submitted to the Library of Congress with an ISBN number and will be reviewed for inclusion in the Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) and Google Scholar.


Technical Program

To view the technical program (presentation times, paper titles, and presenters’ names), please click the button below.



Registration is now open. The fees to attend this event are listed below.



May 31st

After May 31st
ASTM Member (In-Person) $50.00 $100.00
Non-member (In-Person) $100.00 $150.00
Virtual (Livestream) $150.00 $200.00

All Attendees - All attendees must be registered at attend this event. All in-person attendees must check in at the ASTM registration area to pick up their name badge prior to entering the event room.

Virtual Attendees - This symposium will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. The symposium will not be recorded for later viewing. Those who wish to register as a virtual attendee, must choose the virtual option during registration.

IMPORTANT: An email with the link to join the symposium will be sent to all virtual registrants approximately one week prior to the start of the event. Those who register in the week leading up to the symposium will receive the email within 2-3 business days of registering.

Presenters - Symposium presenters do not need to register. Presenters will automatically be registered for this event.

Students - Student may qualify for a discounted registration fee, provided they are a full-time student, not employed full time, have a current university email address for registration, and can provide a valid student ID onsite, if asked to do so. To register as a student, please email your request to

Cancellation - A refund of the symposium fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the start of the event. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Symposia Operations at or +1 610-832-9698.

If you have questions concerning registration for this event, please contact Symposia Operations at or +1 610-832-9698, or ASTM Technical Support at or +1 877-909-2786 (domestic) or +1 610-832-9578 (international).


Technical Chair Contact Information

Additional information about the symposium is available from the Symposium Chairs.

Symposium Chair:
William Lipps
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
Phone: +1 979-676-2978

Symposium Co-Chair:
John Norman
American Chemistry Council
Phone: +1 202-923-5525


Continuing Education Units

Symposium attendees interested in receiving 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) must complete the CEU application form in the back of the program booklet and submit it to ASTM Symposia Operations at You must be registered and have attended the entire event in order to receive the CEU’s. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 2 to 4 weeks after the symposium concludes.


Hotel Information

All meetings will be held at The Hyatt Regency Seattle, 808 Howell Street, Seattle, WA 98101.

Hotel Reservations:

Please support ASTM International by reserving your sleeping room at our official D02 June 2022 Committee Week Hotel and Meeting site.

To book accommodations under the ASTM Rate, please click here: Hyatt Regency Seattle Hotel Reservations.

The discounted rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than June 3, 2022. The ASTM rate is $219 plus tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation, once submitted a confirmation number will be provided electronically. To book accommodations using the ASTM rate, please click the link below.

Hyatt Regency Seattle Government Reservations

CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Hyatt Regency Seattle, notice of cancelation must be received 2 days prior to day of arrival in order to avoid a charge. Failure to do so will incur a penalty equal to the cost of one night's room and tax.

The Hyatt Regency Seattle has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system using the blue hyperlink above. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in.

IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent, they must ask for a non- commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

The D02 June Committee Week Hotel provides prime meeting space for your committee meetings, events and activities. ASTM International is legally bound to fill the contracted guest room block and an inability to fill the block will result in severe financial penalties which could affect negotiations and increase costs for future meetings.

INTERNET: The Hyatt Regency Seattle offers free wireless internet connection.


Standards Development Meetings

The ASTM sponsoring committees invite you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required to attend. For more information about the committees and their future meetings, please visit the committees' homepage:

D19 Committee Homepage

D20 Committee Homepage