The Future Landscape of Science: 2018 Environmental Measurement Symposium

Next month representatives from Babcock Laboratories will head to NOLA to attend the annual NEMC/TNI Environmental Measurement Symposium.


The weeklong conference will include 180 oral and poster presentations in 27 technical sessions, five keynote speakers, a technology showcase, and a plenary session on the conference’s theme, “The Future Landscape for Science.”

The conference will be attended by Babcock Labs’ Vice President & Laboratory Director, Brad Meadows, and Quality Assurance Manager, Stacey Fry. Mr. Meadows and Ms. Fry look forward to learning more about the forthcoming changes to The NELAC Institute’s (TNI) National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) so that they can ensure continued successful implementation at Babcock Labs.

“Our participation in the Environmental Measurement Symposium ensures that Babcock Labs is up-to-speed on possible solutions to technical challenges facing our industry,” said Mr. Meadows. “And as a commercial laboratory with clients who rely on our data to protect public health and the environment, our engagement in the TNI sessions concerning national laboratory accreditation is vital.” 

Throughout the conference both Mr. Meadows and Ms. Fry will attend various technical sessions. Mr. Meadows is particularly focused on attending sessions about emerging environmental concerns, such as perfluorocarbons. Additionally, Mr. Meadows will participate in the semi-annual face-to-face meeting of the EPA’s Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB), of which he is a board member.

“My interest is in the technology and techniques used for analysis, and of course in the regulatory requirements that will drive the testing industry,” said Mr. Meadows. “This is the knowledge our clients depend on us to have to best serve them.”   

The Environmental Measurement Symposium is the combined meeting of the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) and The NELAC Institute (TNI)’s Forum on Environmental Accreditation. The Symposium is co-sponsored by TNI under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Each year hundreds of QA/QC managers, regulatory affairs managers, field sampling management organizations, researchers, and laboratory scientists, analysts, and managers attend this symposium, making it the largest conference in North America focused on environmental measurements.