First call for papers for cleaning science conference in Spring 2016

“Cleaning Science, Health, Environment, and The Clean Standard: Field Testing, New Research, Innovative Methods, Findings, and Challenges”

Albany, NY − July 28, 2015.  The not-for-profit 501(c)3 Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) International, is pleased to announce advance planning for its Spring 2016 Cleaning Science and Research Symposium (date, details, and location to be announced), and its first call for research papers showing application of cleaning science to advance professional cleaning practice and the public welfare.

CIRI invites proposals for topics and/or papers for its symposium following the successful structure of prior research symposia, including presenting:

  • Cutting edge research
  • Recent findings
  • Innovative processes
  • New data
  • Field experiences
  • Scientific review papers
  • Fundamentals of cleaning science
  • New approaches to cleaning science
  • Applications and importance of cleaning science to health and indoor environments including  schools, hospitality, childcare, healthcare, and other markets
  • Applications and importance of cleaning science to overall building and facilities maintenance, cleaning and/or restoration.
  • The watershed event – that has received consistent praise, respect and support from the greater cleaning community – consists of a two-day midweek program:
  • A first afternoon and evening welcome reception, followed by
  • 1.5 days of informative meetings with time for questions, discussions, and breakout sessions.

Updates on The Clean Standard – developed by the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) and CIRI  to define measurable targets for better, healthier cleaning outcomes in K-12 (2014) as well as Institutional and Commercial facilities (2015) – will be a special focus enabling better application of processes and products to optimize indoor environments in specific markets through effective cleaning and measured outcomes.

CIRI’s Spring 2016 Science and Research Symposium may include an additional 1-2 days for training, examination and certification on field practices and business applications of The Clean Standard. 

Proposed title, authors and brief summary, abstract or outline of the topic or paper for presentation in Spring 2016 should be emailed not later than October 2015 to Steven M. Spivak, CIRI advisory chair and University of Maryland, School of Engineering professor emeritus. He is being assisted by other CIRI science and research leaders. Submissions will be subject to confidential internal CIRI review for content, rigor and applicability.  Those selected shall be from among themes noted below, although other proposed conference themes are encouraged.

Proposed Conference Themes

  • Latest evidence on cleaning effectiveness
  • Fluorescent markers and their role in cleaning monitoring
  • The role and experiences with ATP in cleaning monitoring
  • New technologies for managing cleaning and restoration
  • The cost impact(s) of improved cleaning & hygiene management
  • Impact of cleaning effectiveness on health outcomes
  • Best practice management of cleaning processes using the ISSA Clean Standard: K-12 (2014) as well as Institutional and Commercial facilities (2015)
  • Cleaning sustainability and Green Cleaning
  • Betterment and impacts from improved cleaning processes
  • Do new “natural” alternative cleaning technologies have any evidence to support their use?
  • What is the evidence in supporting the processes of cleaning in the context of natural disasters and disaster management?

About CIRI

CIRI is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit scientific, educational and research institute recognized for its groundbreaking cleaning science and research programs. “Only Science Can See!” is its mantra.

For more information contact CIRI at (888) 285-2474, (518) 690-0479 or visit