International Nitrocellulose Symposium

December 13 - 16, 2020

44050 Woodridge Pkwy, Leesburg, VA, 20176, United States of America

NOTICE: The 2020 International Nitrocellulose Symposium hosted by BAE Systems has been postponed indefinitely. We will update this page as more information about a future symposium is available. We appreciate your patience during this time.
An international forum to discuss technical-scientific aspects of nitrocellulose production, safety, performance, and characterization.
You are invited to attend, submit a paper or poster, and participate in the 9th International Nitrocellulose Symposium, December 13 – 16, 2020 at the Lansdowne Resort & Spa, Leesburg, VA, USA.
This series of workshops is a biennial technical meeting that is an informal and friendly forum for the discussion of all aspects of nitrocellulose supply, characterization and aging.  It started in 2001 and was originally an informal UK working group with an interest in nitrocellulose characterization with a particular emphasis on molecular weight determination.  In subsequent years it has been sponsored and hosted by AWE, Cranfield University, General Dynamics – Canada, Manuco, Rheinmetall Nitrochemie, TNO, and the UK MOD, and has grown to 50+ delegates from twenty different organizations and eight different countries.
Previous themes have included:
Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) Analysis • Chemical and physical characterization • Chemical stability, aging, and shell life • Cellulose supply • Nitrocellulose manufacturing, processing and supply • Propellant manufacture • Propellant ballistics • Disposal • International standardization and national test methodologies (including updates on international round robins in support of STANAG 4178 ed2).
This year's registration fee is $798 per person. Event registration closes on December 8, 2020.


December 13, 2020   Location
6:00pm - 7:00pm  Cocktail Reception and Event Registration  Terrace Ballroom ABC
December 14, 2020 Day One  
6:30am - 8:30am  Symposium Breakfast  Riverside Hearth
7:30am - 9:00am  Registration Open  Ballroom Foyer
8:30am - 12:00pm  General Session  Lansdowne Ballroom
12:00pm - 1:00pm  Symposium Lunch  Riverside Hearth
1:00pm - 5:00pm  General Session  Lansdowne Ballroom
6:15pm - 6:30pm  Transportation to Gala Dinner  
6:30pm - 10:30pm  Gala Dinner  Udvar-Hazy Center
December 15, 2020 Day Two  
6:30am - 8:30am  Symposium Breakfast   Riverside Hearth
8:30am - 12:00pm  General Session  Lansdowne Ballroom
12:00pm - 1:00pm  Symposium Lunch  Riverside Hearth
1:00pm - 5:00pm  General Session  Lansdowne Ballroom
6:00pm - 9:00pm  Scientific & Planning Committee Dinner  TBD
December 16, 2020 Day Three  
6:30am - 8:30am  Symposium Breakfast   Riverside Hearth
8:30am - 11:30am  General Session  Lansdowne Ballroom
11:30am - 12:00pm  Symposium Closure  Lansdowne Ballroom
12:00pm - 1:00pm  Symposium Lunch  Riverside Hearth
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