ADAO’s 16th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference September 17 -18, 2021

2021 Conference Info | Honorees and Keynote Speakers | Registration | Agenda | Friday “Art, Advocacy, and Shared Stories” Film Festival | Saturday Academic Conference |  Saturday Awards and Recognition Ceremony | Sponsors | Exhibitors |Media | Meet the Speakers Blog Series | Previous Conferences |

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is thrilled to announce that registration for our 16th Annual International Asbestos Awareness & Prevention Conference and Film Festival for September 17 – 18, 2021 is now open and our full conference website is online.

We are excited to announce, for the first time, ADAO will host the “Art, Advocacy, and Shared Stories” film festival on Friday.  On Saturday, we will host our cutting-edge academic conference and awards ceremony. 

ADAO is the only U.S. nonprofit that organizes annual conferences dedicated to preventing and eliminating asbestos-caused diseases.

From medical experts to mesothelioma victims, trade union leaders to lawmakers, and activists to loved ones, ADAO’s annual conferences have hosted more than 300 speakers since 2005. This distinguished group – which includes experts from over 20 countries – has gathered every year for the past 16 years to speak about our joint efforts in asbestos education, advocacy and awareness.

Sessions will include:

Friday, September 17 — ADAO “Art, Advocacy, and Shared Stories” Film Festival

  • Film Screenings of The Mother by Paolo Monico, Breathless by Daniel Lambo, and Dirty Laundry by Conor B. Lewis and Zack Johnson
  • Speakers: Julie Gundlach, Richa Patel, Laura and Bob Kuzmick, and Dr. L Christine Oliver

Saturday, September 18 — ADAO Academic Conference and Awards and Recognition Ceremony 

  • Session I: Progress and Challenges from the Frontline
  • Session II: Medical Advancements: Diagnosing and Treating Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos-Related Diseases
  • Session III: Prevention: What Is It? Where Is It? What Do I Do?
  • Session IV: Global Ban Asbestos Action

Saturday, September 18 — ADAO Awards and Recognition Ceremony

Judd Apatow, Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Tribute Honoree
Dr. Jacqueline M. Moline, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award
Congressman John Shimkus, The Tribute of Hope Award
Congressman Paul Tonko, The Tribute of Hope Award
Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act Supporters, The Tribute of Inspiration Award
American Federation of Teachers, The Tribute of Unity Award
Barry Robson, The Alan Reinstein Award
Robert Sussman, The Alan Reinstein Award
Rebecca L. Reindel, MS, MPH, Safety and Health Director, AFL-CIO, Saturday Keynote Speaker
Wendy Rudderman, The Andrew Schneider Memorial Lecture
Julie Gundlach, Friday Keynote Speaker


Bains, Harminder Lemen, Richard
Best, Kathy Lewis, Conor
Black, Brad Lima, Carmen
Butt-Bethlendy, Simon Markowitz, Steven
Cagle, Jill McQueen, Barbara Minty (Invited)
Castleman, Barry Moline, Jacqueline
Catlin, Mark Monforton, Celeste 
Cecchini, Kim Monico, Paolo
Costa, Ellen Nye, Mavis
Dotter, Earl Oliver, Christine
Forgie, Anna Patel, Richa
Frank, Arthur Reiber, Maggie (Invited) 
Gayoso, Sharon (Invited)  Reindel, Rebecca 
Giannasi, Fernanda Reinstein, Linda
Gundlach, Julie Reinstein, Emily
Heckman, Bruce (Invited) Rich, Tony
Iden, Ehi Robson, Barry
Johnson, Zack Ruderman, Wendy
Kuzmick, Laura & Bob Sussman, Robert
Kynoch, Brent Trautner, Kelly
Lambo, Daniel Wolf, Andrea
Laubenthal, Tom Zevon, Jordan

Registration Fees:

  • Professionals: $300
  • Asbestos Victims, Non-profits, and Students – $75

For those of you who have attended Zoom events or been personally invited as our guest to the conference, please watch out for a separate email on how to register.  

The conference will air virtually on Friday and Saturday, September 17 – 18, 2021,  September is Mesothelioma Awareness Month, an incredibly important time for us to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos exposure. Registration opens this summer, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for our conference website! We are excited to host our conference in this important month, and we look forward to getting together, even virtually, and spreading awareness and knowledge! 

Our work is made possible by our generous sponsors and donors. Thanks to our 2021 Platinum Sponsor Simmons Hanly Conroy, Gold Sponsor The Gori Law Firm, and Silver sponsor Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen. There are limited 2021 sponsorship opportunities which will be finalized on April 30th. ADAO is the only independent nonprofit dedicated to education, advocacy, and community efforts to prevent asbestos exposure to eliminate all asbestos-caused diseases. Please contact me if you are interested in supporting ADAO’s important education, advocacy, and community efforts, including our conference.

We look forward to introducing exhibitors to our virtual conference. Please look out for more information in the coming weeks. 

Stay tuned for more!

Linda Reinstein