ADAO would like to welcome you to the 8th annual Asbestos Awareness Conference. As conference participants arrive in Manhattan Beach, ADAO is hard at work, finalizing preparations for what is shaping up to be a great conference. We are so glad to have such enthusiastic participation at the conference this year, and if you cannot make it, connecting with us on our social networks will really make this conference special. Our team has created a beautiful program for the event, and it is now available online.

We are extremely proud to have gathered a great group of speakers for the conference, and we are looking forward to all of the planned presentations. Matt Peacock’s exploration of the asbestos-trade in India will be fantastic, and Joel Shufro’s discussion on the harrowing effects caused by asbestos release during 9/11 will surely offer an interesting perspective on the tragic event. We are also very much looking forward to the Steve McQueen Tribute Dinner on Saturday night, featuring a book signing and speech from Steve’s widow, Barbara McQueen, live entertainment from Jordan Zevon, and a silent auction.

Among the many participants who will attend the conference, ADAO would like to introduce you to two very significant presenters:

Barry Castleman, an environmental consultant trained in chemical and environmental engineering, will speak on Saturday, March 31st. Dr. Castleman, who has spent the past 40 years working on asbestos and researching the mineral’s effects on public health, is an integral part of future asbestos public policy. Dr. Castleman will offer insight on the Eternit case, along with Bruno Pesce, Nicola Pondrano, Niccolo Bruna, and Eric Jonckheere. While we raise awareness on the harmful effects of asbestos exposure, having Dr. Castleman provide us with accurate information is invaluable, and ADAO is truly honored to have an expert speak at the conference.

Niccolo Bruna, writer and director of Dust, will also be joining ADAO at the Asbestos Awareness Conference. Bruna, who lives in Turin, Italy, has worked in documentary filmmaking since 1998, and will be screening his new film at the USC School of Cinematic Arts on April 4th. Bruna will take part in the Eternit Panel with Dr. Castleman as well. Dust offers a new perspective on the global use of asbestos, and it is an important film for the asbestos awareness community.

The entire weekend is shaping up to be the best conference we have put on, so be sure stay up to date with all that is going on at or on Twitter (@Linda_ADAO) or Facebook.