The 5th International Workshop on Induced Polarization (IP) will take place from October 3-5, 2018 at Rutgers University-Newark, located just 10 miles outside of New York City, USA. An icebreaker on October 2 will kick off the workshop.
The workshop will be built around 5 major themes each with a prestigious invited keynote speaker:
1. Petrophysics: Keynote speaker Matthias Halisch [Leibniz Institute of Applied Geophysics, Germany]
2. Biogeophysical studies: Keynote speaker Sarah Glaven [Naval Research Laboratory, USA]
3. Modeling: Keynote speaker Matthias Bücker [Universität Bonn, Germany]
4. Field applications: Keynote speaker Torleif Dahlin [Lund University, Sweden]
5. Data processing and inversion: Keynote speaker Douglas Oldenburg [University of British Columbia, Canada]
The workshop will be broken into invited keynote talks, poster sessions and roundtable discussions. Industry sponsors will showcase their most recent IP-related products.
The roundtable discussions will allow small groups to discuss in detail what the main challenges and opportunities are with respect to the five major themes described above. Attendees will be asked to sign up to participate in the discussion of 2 out of the 5 themes during registration on Day 1 of the meeting. In order to keep the discussion groups equally sized, there will be a limited number of spots in each discussion group. Group signups will be on a first come, first served basis. The closing session of the workshop will include reports from each of the five groups summarizing their discussions and identifying priorities and opportunities for future development of the IP method. Short (1-2 paragraph) charges for each group discussion will be posted to the website approximately one month prior to the workshop. Attendees are encouraged to read these charges prior to arrival in order to select their preference for discussion groups to join. Attendees are also strongly encouraged to bring questions/ideas to the table during each roundtable discussion.
The modest registration fee ($260 regular/$210 student) includes a conference dinner, a dinner/river cruise around Manhattan, lunches, an ice-breaker and a happy hour. Two local hotels provide discounted rates from $109-$169 per room per night.
The 5th workshop will follow in the tradition of the previous IP workshops:
- Bonn (Germany, 2009): latest developments and applications of the IP method for near surface hydrogeological and environmental investigations
- Golden (Colorado, USA, 2011): understanding of the mechanisms generating IP signals in the earth
- Ile d'Oléron (France, 2013): developments of the method within the geophysical community and across scientific communities
- Aarhus (Denmark, 2016): narrowing the gap between theory, laboratory findings in controlled environments, and field experiments
The 5th workshop will critically evaluate the information content of induced polarization data based on the last decade of theoretical, laboratory and field-scale developments. The roundtable discussions will assess key questions pertaining to the implementation of IP as a robust geophysical technology for subsurface characterization. Example questions to be considered include,  How well can permeability be predicted from IP measurements?  Is it possible to extract any reliable biogeochemical information from time-lapse IP monitoring of biogeochemical processes?  How much broadband information can be extracted from data acquired outside of the laboratory?
The proximity of Rutgers University Newark to New York City provides outstanding opportunities for social activities that will be incorporated into the workshop and provide attendees with a flavor of ‘The Big Apple’. Due to the generosity of the workshop sponsors, the registration fee will include an evening dinner cruise around Manhattan, conference dinner, icebreaker and lunches. Newark has a vibrant university neighborhood and Portuguese community that will be visited for the conference dinner.
Getting to Rutgers University Newark.
The Rutgers University Newark campus is conveniently located about 15 minutes drive from Newark International Airport. There are many options to get to campus from the airport. If you are staying at one of the conference hotels, the easiest thing to do is arrange for the complementary shuttle service that each hotel offers. Otherwise, Uber/Lyft rides will cost $10-$15 to the campus area. If you are more adventurous, you can take the train from the airport to Newark Penn Station and walk to the campus (and the Robert Treat Hotel) from there. If you are staying at the Hampton Inn the train is not convenient.
Workshop venues on the Rutgers University Newark campus.
We are using numerous venues on the Rutgers University Newark campus to host the workshop. Click here for an online map showing the locations. You will also find a hardcopy of the map in the workshop brochure that can be downloaded from the link above.
Information for poster presentations
The schedule of poster presentations is now available. Please limit posters to a maximum size of 60" (152 cm) wide by 36" (91.5 cm) high.
Information for international travelers requiring a visa for entry into the USA.
If you need an invitation letter to support your entry into the United States, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your abstract must be accepted by the technical committee in order to receive an invitation letter. Please provide any specific details of content that should appear in the invitation letter to support your visa application.
Two hotels offer discounted rates for the workshop:
Best Western Robert Treat Hotel: Single room ($109/night) or double room ($125/night)
The Best Western Robert Treat Hotel is located just 5 minutes by foot from Rutgers University / 5th International Workshop on Induced Polarization
To make reservations, call the hotel at 973-622-1000 (option 1) and reference the group by name (L34NC7T7). The rate includes complimentary breakfast, complimentary WiFi access, complimentary parking (1 car per room), and complimentary shuttle service to/from Newark Airport and Newark Penn Station. Guests may cancel individual reservations 24 hours prior to arrival without incurring a one-night cancellation fee.
Hampton Inn ($149 single or double):
The Hampton Inn & Suites Newark Riverwalk is located just 7 minutes by shuttle service from Rutgers University / 5th International Workshop on Induced Polarization.
To make reservations call the hotel at 973-483-1900 ext. 7100 and mention the group name “Rutgers University ” and Group Code “560001966” or go to the following URL: http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/reservations/index.jhtml?hotel=NWKHSHX&corporateCode=560001966. Reservations must be made before September 18, 2018 in order to receive the $149.00 rate. The rate includes complimentary shuttle service to/from Rutgers University, shuttle service to/from Newark Airport, breakfast buffet, parking and Wi-Fi.
Further details of the 5th International Workshop on Induced Polarization (IP) will be announced on this site as the technical program is developed.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Newark!
Lee Slater, Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis, Judy Robinson and Kristina Keating