ASTM Beard Conference: Asbestos Terminology

(In-person only event)

Date: April 10, 2024 - April 12, 2024

Event Location:  Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Organized by: ASTM Committee D22 on Air Quality



About the Event

The ASTM Beard Conference: Asbestos Terminology will be held April 10, 2024 - April 12, 2024. The conference is organized by ASTM Committee D22 on Air Quality and subcommittee D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos, and will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in conjunction with the standards development meetings of the committee. The language of the conference will be English.


Objective and Scope

The late great Michael Beard upon opening many ASTM International Johnson Conferences would draw two overlapping normal (Gaussian) distribution curves - labelling the one on the left 'cleavage fragments' and the one on the right ‘asbestiform fibers’ and label the overlapped center with a huge question mark. He would then look at the few hundred in attendance and proclaim in that Carolina drawl, “Well, after 25 years, looks like we're still discussing the same gosh darn thing."

And so, fittingly at the next ASTM Beard Conference we will, in the words of Mike, "be discussing the same gosh darn thing." The theme of the April 2024 Beard Conference will be Asbestos Terminology: Past, Present, and Future.

This Terminology Summit will feature over two days of presentations, moderated discussions, the usual lively Q&A, and proposed means of taking attendee surveys and polls. The Conference Organizing Committee has pulled together a wide range of experts to present comprehensive talks on a range of related subjects that include:

  • The geologic sources of asbestos definitions
  • The early industry origins of asbestos definitions
  • The evolution of terms such as exposure and risk, as public health regulations started to take the "definition spotlight," and the static nature of 29CFR and 40CFR definitions
  • Did the NIOSH Roadmap of 2010 lay the groundwork for next generation terms or were unintended consequences a result?
  • How has litigation changed the terminology landscape?
  • The latest in medical mechanism dynamics towards asbestos related diseases
  • Toxicology and the role of size, shape, and chemistry
  • Epidemiological trends and how previous studies may have been limited
  • The nuts and bolts of ASTM Terminology and Definitions
  • The sizes, shapes, and mineral classifications of what is found in airborne environments, the built environment, and tissue and pathology samples, and how these are studied, examined, and characterized in the laboratory
  • Laws, codes, statutes, and regulatory driven responses
  • Laboratory perspective of what is seen under the microscope, and other analysis issues, i.e., detection limits, counting criteria, holes in the data


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 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 for ASTM publication in Selected Technical Papers (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. STP papers should be full-length technical papers of approximately 10,000 words, significantly contribute to the technical literature, and must include a review of past work in the relevant area and present information of current interest or probe new fields. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors’ instructions via email, but also can be found by clicking here.

Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than DATE 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

A technical program (presentation times, titles, and presenters’ names) will be posted on the ASTM website in January 2024.



Registration opens approximately 10 weeks before the start of the conference.



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



March 15, 2024

After March 15, 2024
ASTM Member $575.00 $675.00
Non-member $725.00 $825.00
Presenter $575.00 $675.00
Student Waived Waived

Not an ASTM Member?  An Individual Membership costs only $115.00 a year. If you would like to become a member of ASTM International and Committee D22 to begin taking advantage of all the ASTM membership benefits, including attending this event for at a reduced rate, please use the link below to join ASTM before registering for the event. After you have become a member, please return to this webpage to register for the event as an ASTM Member.

ASTM International Membership

All Attendees – All attendees are urged to register for this conference before arriving onsite. All attendees must check in at the ASTM Registration Area to obtain their name badge before entering the event room.

Students – Students may be eligible for a reduced registration fee provided they meet certain requirements. To qualify for the reduced fee, you must be an active ASTM Student Member, full-time student, not employed full-time, and be able to provide a current valid university email address for registration. To register as a student, please email ASTM Symposia Operations at

Cancellations – A refund of the conference fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the start of the event. To cancel your registration, please click the "Modify My Registration" button found in your registration confirmation email and follow the prompts to cancel your registration. Please contact Symposia Operations at or 610-832-9522 if you need assistance.

If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Symposia Operations at Tel: 610-832-9522, or ASTM Technical Support at


Technical Chair Contact Information

Frank Ehrenfeld
International Asbestos Testing Laboratories
Phone: +1 856-231-9449


Continuing Education Units

Conference attendees interested in receiving 0.35 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) must complete the CEU application form in the back of the program booklet and email 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 you via email approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the conference concludes.


Hotel Information

All meetings will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Hotel Reservations:

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

The discounted rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than March 8th, 2024. The ASTM rate is $215 plus tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cutoff 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.

To book accommodations under the ASTM Rate, please click here: The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel 

To book accommodations under the government per diem rate, please click here: Government Rate

The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate. The government per diem rates are set by fiscal year, effective October 1 each year; you will be charged the prevailing rate at the time of the meeting, not at the time of booking. To find current rates in the CONUS visit GSA.GOV. 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. 

CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, a notice of cancellation must be received 3 days before the day of arrival to avoid a charge. Failure to do so will incur a penalty equal to the cost of one night's room and tax.

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 April 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 Philadelphia Marriott Downtown offers free Wi-Fi to hotel guests.


Standards Development Meetings

Committee D22 invites 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 committee and their future meetings, please visit the Committee D22 Homepage.