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Asphalt Institute Foundation Strategic Asphalt Research Symposium

Save the Date!  The 2021 STrategic Asphalt Research (STAR) symposium will be held May 11-13, 2021, at the W Atlanta-Midtown hotel in Atlanta, GA.  More details will be available in the fall of 2020 regarding this event.

The symposium aims to identify long-term strategic research and innovation that will be needed to ensure a robust asphalt industry for generations to come.

The Foundation is seeking a diverse group of individuals to participate in the symposium including business managers, economists, members of academia, researchers, visionaries and experts in infrastructure, manufacturing, funding, asphalt products and asphalt application.

Nominations for the 2021 STAR Symposium are being accepted through August 31, 2020. To nominate potential participants or self-nominate, complete the STAR Symposium nomination form.


Special thanks to the following sponsors of the 2021 STAR Symposium:
$20,000 Visionary Sponsor
ExxonMobile Imperial
ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs.

For more information regarding the 2021 STAR Symposium or available sponsorship opportunities, please conact Mike Anderson or Susie Tanner.

In Review: 2017 STAR Symposium

The Asphalt Institute Foundation ® (AIF) hosted the inaugural STrategic Asphalt Research (STAR) symposium May 10-12, 2017 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Asphalt experts from across the globe gathered to discuss the asphalt technology of tomorrow as part of the agenda.

Martin Carlson served as the chairman for the 2017 symposium and Michael Rogers, Practical Futurist®, served as the symposium's keynote speaker.

Carlson contributed greatly to the international asphalt industry as the director of business development at Nynas and through his works with Eurobitume.

Rogers is a best-selling author and futurist. His writing credits include "Rolling Stone", "Newsweek" and "The New York Times." He speaks regularly on how companies can plan for the future in useful ways.

Asphalt Foundation STAR Symposium Report

The inaugural STAR Symposium Report was released on December 5, 2017. The report is an overview of the thoughts and ideas discussed by attendees during the three-day event.

Click here to download a complimentary eBook or PDF copy of the 2017 STAR Symposium Report.

The next STAR Symposium will be held in the spring of 2021. If you would like to learn more about this event, hosted by the Asphalt Institute Foundation®, please contact us.

We would like to sincerely thank our 2017 sponsors!
$10,000 Galaxy
ExxonMobile Imperial
Our mission is to manufacture and deliver innovative, performance driven building products with service and integrity that is unparalleled. ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs.
$7,500 Nebula
$5,000 Constellation

While much of today’s industry research is funded with the aim of solving problems or trying to understand material behavior, little if any research is focused on breakthrough change for the benefit of industry.

The foundation’s Strategic Research Program aims to correct that by focusing on economic, worker, sustainability and performance issues.

The foundation vets each suggested project through its technical panel of experts to prioritize research needs. In some cases, the foundation may look to assemble partnerships to tackle particularly large issues facing the industry.

The foundation does not employ research staff, facilities or equipment but rather seeks proposals once the scope of the program is well identified and funded. The foundation is responsible for administration, funding, expenditures and project oversight and accounting.

All research is performed by a qualified research facility and the final report is published under the foundation’s name in the public domain.