CIRI Hosts Successful Science Symposium

July 17, 2019

The annual Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) Science Symposium came to a close today after two days of intense discussions and presentations outlining the critical nature of protecting health with the science of cleaning. Held at Miami University in Oxford, OH, the conference featured researchers, educators, trainers, and consultants who spoke to a packed room of more than 50 seasoned cleaning and restoration professionals.

The conference, produced by John Downey, the executive director of CIRI, and Steven Spivak, PhD, the chair of the Science Advisory Council (SAC) of CIRI, began Tuesday morning with a keynote address delivered by Dr. Greg Whiteley, “Anticipating Threats to Human Health.”

That keynote address kicked off a slate of 21 “laser-focused, lightning presentations,” as coined by Dr. Spivak, along with six Q&A sessions peppered throughout the conference.

A highlight of the event was an impassioned dinner speech by CIRI Chairman Jim Harris, Sr. He surprised attendees with some blunt comments on changing the industry for the better. 

One component that made this a unique event was the peer review process for the presentations. Several were based on original research, including studies conducted specifically for the symposium.

“The CIRI Science Symposium is one huge piece of the puzzle of partnering science and cleaning,” Downey said. “CIRI is growing and the support we are receiving is encouraging. I’m sure we will see positive, measurable improvements in the industry, protecting health of all building occupants globally.”

The date and location of the next CIRI Science Symposium will be announced soon. See pictures from the CIRI Science Symposium 2019 below.