AKRON—The Tire Society is converting its 39th Annual Tire Science & Technology Meeting to a virtual event because of concerns about holding an in-person event during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual meeting will be hosted Sept. 28-Oct. 2. It originally was scheduled for Sept. 9-10 in Fairlawn, Ohio.
The Tire Society meeting will include 27 original papers on tire technology, along with a number of other special addresses, lectures and panel discussions.
Chris Helsel, senior vice president and chief technology officer for Goodyear, will open the event at 8:15 a.m. EDT Sept. 28 with a keynote presentation. He will speak on "Intelligent Transportation—Smart Mobility Solutions from the Tire Industry."
Each day of the event, Tire Society expects to have two to four hours of content. This includes technical paper presentations and panel discussions as well as a plenary lecture, to be delivered by Giorgio Rizzoni, a professor at Ohio State University and the Ford Motor Co. chair in electromechanical systems.
On Oct. 1, Ross Tessien, an author and principal at Electricwaze L.L.C., will give an invited lecture. There also will be a special talk on Oct. 2 on the history of the Tire Society, along with a panel discussion.
The content will be available for viewing by conference registrants for up to a week after presentations are given, the Tire Society said. Registration fees are $180 for members; $100 for student and retired members; and $310 for non-members. The non-member registration fee includes society membership and access to the online journal.
To register or for more information, visit tiresociety.org/conference.