• Call for Papers / Questions

    Participation in AFPM meetings can be accomplished in several ways: presenting a paper or workshop, serving on a panel, or submitting your questions for a Q&A session. We value your expertise and experience in the industry and are always looking to develop the best programs possible. To that end, we hold call for papers or presentation periods where we accept abstracts for presentations at upcoming meetings. We hope that this Call for Papers Instructional Video will be helpful to you as consider one of AFPM meetings and conferences your venue to present these ideas to the industry. Check below to see if the conference in which you are interested is currently accepting abstracts. Please read the Website Terms of Use carefully before using this website.

    2017 Annual Meeting
    March 19-21, 2017
    Marriott Rivercenter
    San Antonio, TX

    The call for papers is now closed. If you have any questions please contact Yvette Brooks for more information.

    2016 Cat Cracker Seminar
    August 23-24, 2016
    Royal Sonesta Hotel
    Houston, TX

    Call for panel and questions is now closed. Contact Gordon Robertson at grobertson@afpm.org for more information.


    2017 Operations and Process Technology Summit
    October 2-4, 2017
    JW Marriott Austin Hotel
    Austin, TX

    2017 Call for Call for Questions

    The AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit is a unique industry meeting where attendees share operating and technical challenges and their experiences in resolving them. This meeting’s effectiveness depends on your questions. AFPM needs to receive your questions by June 9th, 2017.

    You may submit questions on refining and petrochemical technologies for the usual categories:

    Advanced Process Control Biofuels Crude Quality
    Alkylation Blending Crude/Vacuum Distillation
    Amine Treating Catalysts Deasphalting
    Benchmarking Catalytic Reforming Delayed Coking/Heavy Oil
    Best Practices Corrosion Control Desalting


    Energy Conservation Optimization Safety
    FCCU Plant Security Start-up/Shutdown Emissions
    Flare Recovery/ Minimization Plant Utilities Sulfur Plants
    Hydrogen Process Safety Metrics Tight Oil
    Hydroprocessing Project/Construction Management Workforce Issues
    Innovations – NEW!   Profitability Anything Else
    Margin Improvement Refinery Economics  

    You may submit your Summit Call for Questions here before June 9th, 2017. If you have any questions please contact Yvette Brooks for more information.

    2017 Plant Automation (OPCAT) Call for Papers is Open

    In 2016, the AFPM Plant Automation and Decision Support Committee changed their name to the Operational Planning, Control and Automation Technologies Committee (OPCAT). By doing this, the scope of the Committee, and the scope of the technical sessions for the fall meeting could be expanded.The 2017 OPCAT Technical Sessions will take place in conjunction with the 2017 AFPM Operations and Process Technology Summit on October 2-4 in Austin, Texas. This year, the OPCAT Technical Sessions will be two days in length.

    The 2017 Program Committee has developed a list of broad topic areas which are today’s top priorities in operational planning, control and automation and welcome abstracts from operating companies, suppliers, consultants, and academics. We are looking for presenters and panelists who have experience in one or more of the areas on the attached list.

    Please note, topics are not limited to those listed. If you have expertise in an operational planning, control or automation technology, we encourage you to complete the online submission form. All submissions must be entered by June 1, 2017 to be considered.

    Suggested Topics

    • 3D Internet
    • Advanced Techniques to Master Supply Network Planning
    • Advances in Process Modeling for Refinery and Petrochemical Planning
    • Asset Information Management
    • Asset Optimization
    • Beyond “Big Data”
    • Big Data in Refining & Petrochemicals
    • Collaborative Control Rooms
    • Data Analysis Techniques
    • IIoT in Planning and Automation
    • Latest Production Planning Practices
    • Latest Technology Improvements in Blending and Scheduling
    • Leveraging S&OP to Improve Supply and Demand Planning
    • Multi-facility LP planning and Scheduling
    • Multi-site Collaboration
    • Next Generation Process Simulation
    • Predicting Inventory Levels within Supply Chains
    • Procedural Automation
    • Profitably Balancing Supply and Demand
    • Remote Monitoring and/or Support
    • Responding to Unplanned Shutdowns and Disruptions in Utilities
    • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
    • The Internet of Things
    • The Refinery of the Future
    • Training for New Technology
    • Transition Management
    • Validating Process Planning Models against Field Data
    • Virtualization
    • Web Services Deployment
    • Wireless in Refining and Petrochemicals
    • Work Process Automation
    • Working with Millennials/Knowledge Management
    • Other ideas

    2017 Environmental Conference
    October 15-17, 2017
    Grand Hyatt Denver
    Denver, CO

    Submit an abstract

    If you have any questions, please contact Ariel Sarandinaki for more information.

    2017 Reliability & Maintenance Conference
    May 23-26, 2017
    Convention Center
    New Orleans, LA

    Call for Papers

    The Call for Papers is closed. You may contact Gordon Robertson if you have any questions or need more information.

    2017 National Occupational & Process Safety Conference
    May 16-17, 2017
    New Orleans Marriott
    New Orleans, LA

    'This call for presentations is now closed. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact AFPM at nsc2@afpm.org.

    Base Oils & Waxes Conference (formerly International Lubricants & Waxes Conference)
    March 26-28, 2017
    Grand Hyatt
    San Antonio, TX

    This call for presentations is closed. If you have any questions or need further information, please call or e-mail Dan Strachan of the AFPM at (202) 457-0480, e-mail: dstrachan@afpm.org.