The 45th International Pyrotechnics Society Seminar will take place July 26-30, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the 2020 IPS Seminar.

Please click here to see the letter from Dr. Greg Knowlton, the president of IPSUSA Seminars, Inc.

We are now planning for 2022, so please check back for the latest updates and information.

The following information was posted before the cancellation decision was announced.

This time, the Seminar Co-Chairs are Mr. Christopher Csernica (U.S. Army, CCDC Armaments Center) and Dr. Zachary Doorenbos (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory).

Subjects of interest for this seminar include, but are not limited to, pyrotechnics, explosives, propellants and devices that contain these materials, the processes used to make them, and the physical and chemical principles involved in their design, characterization, reaction, testing, use, and aging.

The 45th IPS Seminar Preliminary Schedule is now available!

Registration, Abstracts, Papers, and Questions will be handled through our Seminar Coordinator:

Linda Crouse
IPSUSA 2020 Seminar Coordinator
P.O. Box 621633
Littleton, Colorado 80162-1633, USA
Phone: (+1) 303-601-8550
Fax: (+1) 303-904-3965

For attendees and presenters from outside the United States:

In the process of obtaining your visa for travel to the United States, you may be asked to appear for a personal interview. This will lengthen the time it takes to obtain a visa. We strongly recommend starting the visa application process very early.

The most up-to-date information about the seminar will be posted here, as it is released.

Seminar registration forms are available in PDF and XLSX formats for your convenience.

45th IPS Seminar Registration Form (PDF File)

45th IPS Seminar Registration Form (XLSX File)

If you’re traveling with a companion this year, please tell them about the all-day companion tour we have arranged for Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The tour will involve visits to the Garden of the Gods and Manitou Springs.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel reservation links are now available.
Please note, the U.S. Government Rate is only for attendees from U.S. Military and Government Labs.

Regular Room Rate Link

U.S. Government Rate Link

Calls for abstracts and papers!

45th IPS Seminar First Call For Papers 17-JUN-2019

45th IPS Seminar Second Call For Papers 07-OCT-2019

45th IPS Seminar Third Call For Papers 03-DEC-2019

If you are applying for the Frank Carver Bursary or the Dr. Bernard E. Douda Young Scientist Award, your completed application package including a full-text manuscript must be submitted no later than January 18, 2020. More information about these awards may be found in the Calls For Papers (see above) and on the International Pyrotechnics Society’s website.

Otherwise, abstracts for oral presentations and poster presentations will be considered.

Once your abstract is reviewed, and your oral or poster presentation is confirmed, please see the guidance below concerning the proper formatting of your paper and presentation, or your extended abstract and poster. Everyone who is scheduled to give an oral presentation is expected to submit a full-length paper for inclusion in the Society’s Proceedings. Poster presenters should submit an extended abstract, which will also be included in the proceedings. Alternatively, poster presenters are welcome to submit a full-length paper instead of an extended abstract. Presentation slides (such as Microsoft PowerPoint files) will not be published.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR FULL-LENGTH PAPER OR EXTENDED ABSTRACT NO LATER THAN APRIL 26, 2020. Documents received after that date are unlikely to be included in the proceedings.

Send your documents, in the correct format, to

Presenter and Author Instructions (PDF File)

Presenter and Author Instructions (Word File)

Guidance for Preparing Presentations and Posters

Presentation slides may be prepared in a style of your choice. However, to ensure that we are able to project your slides at the seminar without technical difficulties, you should prepare your presentation with Microsoft PowerPoint (to create a .pptx file). If you cannot prepare your slides in that format, you may use Adobe PDF formatting instead (a compatible .pdf file).

Please bring your presentation files with you on a disc (CD or DVD) or USB thumb drive. If you plan to present videos, you should include the video files on the CD, DVD, or USB that you bring. Embedded videos do not always play properly, and this is why it is important to bring the video files themselves, in addition to your presentation file. While we will make every reasonable attempt, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to play video files if they are not in a common video format. Your presentation and video files must be delivered to the projectionist and loaded on the presentation computer at least one day before your presentation is scheduled to occur.

Posters may be prepared in a style of your choice. To ensure that your poster will fit on the poster board that will be provided, the A0 portrait format is recommended. The size of an A0 poster in the portrait orientation is 84.1 cm wide × 118.9 cm tall (which is 33.1 inches wide × 46.8 inches tall).

Information About the Location

Colorado Springs features numerous attractions! More information will be posted here soon.