2018 AWPA Technical Committee Meetings:
Boston, Massachusetts - September 9-13, 2018
Boston is ... a city of "firsts". The first U.S. chocolate factory was founded in 1765 in Boston.
Opened in 1784, the Bell In Hand was the first public house in the U.S.
with notable patrons such as Paul Revere, Daniel Webster, and William
McKinley. Today it plays host to Boston's "up-and-comers."
In 1875, Louis Prang published the first American Christmas card from his shop in Boston.
The first subway tunnel in North America opened in 1897 in Boston.
Percy Spencer, a self-taught scientist who worked in Boston, discovered microwave technology during World War II
that gave the Allies a critical edge in radar detection (and
led to a microwave oven in every kitchen in America).
In 2006, Grace VanDerweken was the recipient of another first: an in-utero cardiac
stent successfully implanted at Children's Hospital in Boston.
This fall may be your first time to experience this historic
U.S. city or you may have the opportunity to accomplish your own
Boston. Either way, we look forward to seeing you as we meet for
the AWPA Technical Committee Meetings in September.
For more information on all there is to see and do in Boston, please
visit the website of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitor's
Note: The deadline for all standardization proposals
(new standards, revisions to or reaffirmation of existing standards,
or withdrawal of standards) is 75 days prior to the commencement of
the meetings. For the 2018 Standardization Cycle, the
deadline for all proposals is Wednesday, June
27, 2018, at 11:59 pm CDT (US). Comments
or suggested modifications of proposals shall
be sent to the proponent of the proposal as
soon as possible after proposals are posted to
the appropriate committee pages. Please
remember: "All written materials to be
distributed to Technical Committee members
before or during the meeting and/or any visual
presentations to be made at the meeting shall
be submitted to AWPA, the proponent, and the
Technical Committee members at least 20 days
prior to the commencement of the meetings"
The meetings will take place at the
Boston Marriott Copley Place
at 110 Huntington Avenue in the Back Bay area of Boston. The location of the
hotel is ideal
for the 2018 Technical Committee Meetings due to its close proximity to
many restaurants, attractions, and nightlife activities. The
hotel is about five miles from Boston International
Airport. You can get there by taxi, rideshare, or public
transportation. Please note that if you drive to the
hotel, parking is $60 per night.
deadline for hotel reservations at the group rate of $199 plus
taxes/fees is 11:59 PM
(US) on Friday, August 17, 2018. If you have questions about
hotel reservations, please call the
PassKey reservations department at +1 877-901-2079.
Note: The group rate at the hotel is sold out on most
nights of the event, but the hotel does have a limited number of
rooms available at their full rates for several nights - no additional rooms
can be added to the room block.
Registration is open to any person who wishes to attend the
meetings and abide by the
AWPA Technical Committee
Regulations. AWPA members, however, may register at deeply
discounted rates. If you are a non-member and wish to join
AWPA so that you may take advantage of the member rate, please
for more information on applying for AWPA membership.
Registration entitles one to attend all committee
meetings, task group meetings, and the evening receptions.
(Your spouse and/or guests must register at the special spouse/guest
rate to attend the receptions.) Meals and lodging are not included. Please note that
registering for the meeting does not reserve a room for you at the
hotel. You must make your hotel reservations individually.
Registration Fees are as follows:
- Early Registration
(ends July 31): $295 (members), $395
(August 1-21): $375 (members), $475
- On-site Registration
(September 9-13): $425 (members), $525
Registration (ends August 21): $50
Please note that no refunds will be issued for cancellations.
(non-member rates are indeed higher
than member rates...if you're not a member,
please consider applying for AWPA membership -
if approved, you will qualify for the member
Tentative Meeting Schedule
Meetings will NOT begin prior to their posted time - you must be
present at roll call for each committee you're a member of in order
for your vote(s) to be considered.
(Members only feature - login required): Please click the appropriate committee link below if underlined for agendas, minutes, reports, proposals, membership
listings, and committee instructions. These are posted when received by AWPA.