2006 USC-TRG Conference on

Biofiltration for Air Pollution Control



October 18–20, 2006

Long Beach, California, USA


Hosted by the University of Southern California

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering




Keep in mind the deadlines:  Rooms at the hotel are guaranteed only until September 20th, and it may be difficult and more expensive getting rooms at other hotels.  Also, registration fees for the conference rise after September 20, from $350 to $400.  I have included some information on the other attractions of Long Beach at the end of this notice.                                    —Joe Devinny





Focus.  The development and use of biofiltration, biotrickling filters, and other emerging biological air pollution control technologies. 


Presentations.  Given by academic and industrial researchers, industrial and municipal end users, consultants, and regulatory personnel.


Tentative Program


Tour—WED—Oct 18

An afternoon tour of the Inland Empire Regional Composting Facility biofilter, constructed through a joint venture of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts for odor control—$40.


Reception—THU—Oct 19

The reception will be held in the Sky Room at the top of the Breakers Hotel, a short walk from the conference site.


Papers—THU / FRI—Oct 19–20 Sessions on Thursday, Oct. 19, and through mid-afternoon on Friday, Oct. 20.


Call for Papers.  Prospective presenters are requested to submit abstracts for papers, and are encouraged to discuss practical engineering, scientific, regulatory and economic issues in their work.  Presentations covering favorable and unfavorable experiences with biofilters are encouraged in order to stimulate further discussion.  The abstract should include: title; authors’ names, titles, affiliations, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.  The presenting author should be underlined in the case of multiple authors.  Indicate whether the work has been or will be presented or published elsewhere.  The abstract should be no more than two pages, including figures and tables.   Abstract selection will be based on abstract quality and organization, technical content and originality, and relevance to the conference theme.  Final papers must be no more than eight pages (2,000 words).


Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Topics.  Anticipated session topics for the conference include:

­   Case studies in remediation, odor control, and VOC control

­   Process design and scale-up

­   Predicting biofilter performance through modeling

­   Laboratory and pilot scale evaluation

­   Biotrickling filter and bioscrubbing technologies

­   Packing materials and process optimization

­   Regulatory and economic issues

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

­   Pre-conference off-site tour at a nearby biofilter locations ($40pp).


Thursday, October 19, 2006

­   Open Plenary Session

­   A. M. and P. M. Paper Sessions

­   Keynote Speaker Luncheon

­   Evening Reception at the Skyroom


Friday, October 20, 2006

A. M. and P. M. Paper Sessions

Keynote Speaker Luncheon


If you have not attended previously, or have changed your address and wish to be added to or updated on our mailing list for further announcements, contact:


Dr. Joe Devinny

2006 USC-CSC-TRG Conference on Biofiltration

University of Southern California

University Park KAP 254A

Los Angeles CA 90089-2531


(213) 740-0670 tel

(213) 744-1426 fax


Conference Location

Long Beach Courtyard by Marriott

500 East First Street

Long Beach, CA 90802


The hotel, in downtown Long Beach, can be easily accessed from Los Angeles International Airport, Long Beach Municipal Airport, or John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

Hotel Reservations

Please make your own reservations:


(562) 435-8511 hotel direct

(800) 321-2211 Marriott reservations


Reservations on line:

­   Room with two queen beds: http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/lgbcy?groupCode=ahaahaa&app=resvlink

­   Room with one king bed:  http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/lgbcy?groupCode=ahaahab&app=resvlink

­   Room charge, single occupancy: $139 + tax, or $159.97 per night.

­   Thirty five rooms have been set aside for attendees at this rate, which will only be guaranteed until September 20, 2006


Please reserve your room early, as reservations at nearby facilities will be more expensive.


Conference registration fee:


$350 before 20 SEP 06

$400 after 20 SEP 06


Note: There is an additional charge of $40 for the off-site tour on Oct. 18th.


To register, please download and fill out the attached registration form, and email it to us at bfilter@usc.edu.


Long Beach, California


The City of Long Beach offers a variety of outstanding cultural arts and world-class sporting events.  Spend a few days and you’ll discover Long Beach has so much more to offer in shopping dining, the arts, and nightlife.  Some of my favorites are below:



The city is centrally located to all Southern California attractions and just a boat ride away from Catalina Island.


The many attractions of the City of Long Beach can be seen on its web site:




The Thursday night reception will be held in the Sky Room, atop the historic Breakers Hotel, an elegant yet comfortable setting with a 360-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and Los Angeles county, a short walk from the conference hotel.




Take a journey of discovery through the world's largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California Meet more than 12,500 animals as you explore sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the North Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.




The Museum of Latin American Art is the only museum in the western United States that exclusively features contemporary Latin American art.  Through the utilization of its permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, and programs, MoLAA educates a diverse Southern California audience about contemporary Latin American art.  The museum is located in the newly developing East Village Arts District of Long Beach, California.




The Queen Mary is an historic ocean liner permanently berthed in Long Beach.  It is open daily with extended hours for restaurants and lounges.


First Class Passage ticket includes Ghosts and Legends show, admission to the Russian Cold War submarine, two guided tours and all exhibit areas.



The Long Beach Museum of Art is located on a magnificent bluff overlooking Long Beach Harbor and the Pacific Ocean.  The campus includes the historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house (built in 1912), oceanfront gardens, and a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions.





Traveling to the points of interest from the hotel will be easy with the local buses:



Pine Avenue Link in downtown Long Beach is designed to provide a direct connection between the Pine Avenue retail and restaurant district and the Long Beach Convention Center, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Queensway Bay, and Shoreline Village waterfront destinations.  Shuttles will run between these locations as often as every ten minutes, 365 days a year.  Free!

Pine Avenue Link



The Passport

On The Passport, you'll enjoy many of the best sites Long Beach has to offer.  Visit the famous Queen Mary and relive the glorious days of "Titanic" era ocean liners.  Or travel along our sun-dappled coast to Belmont Shore, Alamitos Bay Landing, the college campus at CSULB and on to Los Altos Market Center.



Air Transportation to Long Beach


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

About 25 miles from the site, cab fare about $50, shuttles available.  It is possible, but time consuming, to take a bus to the green line train, transfer to the blue line train, then walk a half mile to the hotel. http://www.airwise.com/airports/us/LAX/LAXtran1.html

Long Beach Airport (LGB)

About 5 miles from the site, cab fare $19, bus fare $0.90 http://www.longbeach.gov/airport/transport/default.asp

John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)

About 25 miles from the site, cabs and shuttles available.