2010 Annual Meeting
of the ESA

June, x-y, 2010

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

2018 Electrostatics Joint Conference

The 2018 Electrostatics Joint Conference will be held June 18-20, 2018 at Boston University (Boston, USA).

The Electrostatic Society of America (ESA), Institute of Electrostatics Japan (IESJ), Industry Applications Society (IEEE-IAS) Electrostatic Processes Committee, and La Societé Francaise d’Electrostatique (SFE) invite papers in all scientific and technical areas involving electrostatics. The scope of the conference ranges from the fundamental physics underlying electrostatics to applications in industry, atmospheric and space sciences, medicine, energy, and other fields. The meeting will bring together experts across the diverse field to present the latest developments in electrostatics.


Anticipated Technical Session Topics

• Atmospheric and space applications
• Biological and medical applications
• Breakdown phenomena
• Contact charging and triboelectric effects
• Electrically-induced flows and electrokinetics
• Flows, forces and fields
• Gas discharges and microplasmas
• Electrospinning
• Material processing
• Measurements and instrumentation
• Particle control and charging
• Safety and hazards

Information for Attendees

Welcome to Boston University, the site of the 2018 Joint Conference on Electrostatics, sponsored by the Electrostatics Society of America, IEEE-IAS, Institute Electrostatics Japan, and Societe du Fluids Electrostatique.

Conference Program and Venue
The conference schedule and program may be found here.

All talks will be held in Rm. 906 of the Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., on the B.U. Campus. (See map). The Poster Session will be in Rm. 901 of the Photonics Center, and the Electrostatics Demonstration session will be in the 9th Floor Atrium (right outside Rm. 906).

Oral Sessions
Keynote lectures are scheduled for 25 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and answers. Invited and oral presentations are scheduled for 12 minutes with 3 minutes for questions and answers.

With only 15 minutes per regular talk, we don’t want to waste time changing personal laptops.


If you are giving an oral presentation, preload your slides from your own USB flash drive, either in Power Point or .PDF, onto the Conference Windows 10 Laptop (with Office 2016) that will be on the podium. There will be a folder for each of the lettered sessions.


Morning  talks should preload during breakfast, and afternoon talks during either breakfast or lunch. Help will be provided for those who may need it.


If you feel that you must use your own computer (lots of large, embedded videos, for example, or your own special software) talk Mark Horenstein, the Local Arrangements Chair well ahead of time.

Poster Sessions
An easel will be provided with 1.2 m by 1.2 m (4 ft by 4 ft) of available space for each poster presentation. 

Welcome Reception
A welcome reception will be held for all attendees on Sunday evening, June 17 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM on the 18th floor of the Dormitory at 10 Buick St. All are welcome to attend.

Conference Registration
A registration table will be available at the welcome reception and at the entrance to the conference room on each day of the conference. You will need to wear your conference badge to have access of the food, beverages, and means. Please register for conference here.  

The most direct way to get from the airport to BU is by Taxi or Uber/Lyft (about 20 minutes). You can also take the MBTA which costs about $2.50 total but takes a lot longer (about 45 minutes). If you want to take the MBTA, it is recommended to use the Trip Planner at mbta.com

Modes of transportation between the dormitory and Photonics Building (see map), besides walking, include the B.U. Shuttle bus (see schedule atwww.bu.edu/thebus/schedules) and the MBTA Green Line that goes up and down Commonwealth Ave along the campus. For the Shuttle bus, the dormitory is at stops M1 (toward conference) and C8 (going back). The conference venue is at stop M3 (from dorm) or C6 (going back). You can pay in cash on the MBTA Green line ($2.00, coins and bills accepted, but no change is given.) If you have time, you can buy a "Charlie Ticket" or "Charlie Card" at the nearby Kenmore (or any underground) stop if you plan to use the Green Line regularly.

The conference includes breakfast and lunch daily, and a banquet on Wednesday evening. If you have special dietary needs, let Mark Horenstein (mnh@bu.edu) know as soon as possible.

Help with anything else
Student staff will be on hand each day of the conference. If any need or problem arises, feel free to consult them for advice or resolution. If they don’t know the answer, they’ll ask the general chair!

Conference Housing
On Campus Housing/Dormitory Housing
For those who have chosen to stay in the dormitory, the site is the Hancock Student Village at 10 Buick St., about a 10 – 15 minute walk from Photonics. (See map).

Modern, air-conditioned dormitory housing in four-bedroom apartments with single beds, two baths, and common kitchen, including bedding and towels, are available at a cost of $85 per night.


Rooms are available from check-in on Saturday, June 16 to check-out on Thursday, June 21.


Details about the accommodations and information about location, parking, and reservation and cancellation deadlines may be found on the room-reservation website.


All bedrooms are single occupancy. Suites are typically single gender unless a specific alternative request is made. Rooms will be assigned based on gender or requested suitemates and length of stay. Please note that B.U. housing may not be able to accommodate a shared suite for individuals with different arrival and departure dates.


Off Campus Housing:

Local hotels may be reserved by individual participants.  These bookings are on your own. Prices will generally be $200 and above per night. Nearby hotels, all within walking distance (or short streetcar ride) include (in increasing distance from the conference venue):


Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 (866.784.4000)


Hotel Buckminster, 645 Beacon St, Boston, MA, 02215 (617-236-7050) 


Beacon Inn, 1087 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446  (1-888-575-0088) 


Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon St. Brookline, MA 02446  (617-277-1200) 


Bertram Inn, 92 Sewall Avenue,Brookline MA 02446


Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139 (617-492-1234)

Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Brookline, 40 Webster St, Brookline, MA 02446 (617-734-1393) 

Student Presentation Competition
Presentations by undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the Student Presentation Competition. Please indicate student presenter when submitting abstract.

Important Dates

January 1, 2018

Abstract submission open

March 1, 2018

Abstract submission deadline

March 22, 2018

Abstract submission deadline extended

April  1, 2018

Notification of abstract acceptance

May 10, 2018

Early registration deadline

May 16, 2018

Final manuscript deadline

June 17, 2018

Reception (6-9 PM)

June 18, 2018

Conference begins (8 AM)

June 20, 2018

Conference ends after evening banquet (7-10 PM)
Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Brookline, 40 Webster St, Brookline, MA 02446 (617-734-1393) 

Contact Information

For questions regarding the technical program and abstract submission, contact
Technical Chair: Dr. Shubho Banerjee
Rhodes College, Memphis, banerjees@rhodes.edu, (901) 843-3585

For questions about local arrangements and conference hosting, contact
General Chair: Dr. Mark Horenstein
Boston University, mnh@bu.edu, (617) 353-9052

About Boston University: Boston University is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. The university has over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 130 countries, nearly 10,000 faculty and staff, 17 schools and colleges, and 250 fields of study. The conference venue is the Photonics Center which houses the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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