• 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.

     March 17-19, 2020
    JW Marriott Austin
    Austin, TX  

    The Annual Meeting brings together decision makers to share common experiences and real-world solutions for our most pressing challenges. AFPM invites you to submit an abstract for the 2020 Annual Meeting. 


    The topics and issues below focus on the following themes: national and global issues; regulatory issues; operational excellence; artificial intelligence; and emerging technologies and innovation. Presentations are chosen based on quality and importance to the industry. We encourage all presentations to have an operating company partner where possible. Please identify any partners through the co-presenter field. Presentations accepted for the Technology track are required to submit a written white paper as well.

    We look for forward to working with you on the AFPM Annual Meeting program.

     The 2020 Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts is currently open.  Submission Deadline – September 6, 2019, 11:55 pm EST     Click here for 2020 Annual Meeting Submissions  

    Contact Yvette Brooks for more information.


    2018 Cat Cracker Seminar
    August 21-22, 2018
    Royal Sonesta Hotel
    Houston, TX

    Call for Abstracts, Questions, and Panel Nominations is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Cooper for more information.




    2019 Operations and Process Technology Summit
    October 14-16, 2019
    Marriott Rivercenter
    San Antonio, TX

    The call for presentations is closed. For more information contact Yvette Brooks at ybrooks@afpm.org.

    2019 Call for Industry Input

    The AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit is a unique industry meeting where attendees share operating and technical challenges and their experiences in resolving them. 

    Q&A Call for SME* Nominations
    Anyone may be nominated for either of the following Q&A sessions:
    • Crude/Vacuum Distillation & Coking
    • FCC
    • Gasoline Processing
    • Hydroprocessing

    *Selected SME Panelists must be available for the screening meeting which will be held June 18 -20, in Kansas City, MO.

    The call for nominations is closed. For more information contact Yvette Brooks at ybrooks@afpm.org.

    Q&A Questions format change:
    The AFPM is looking to refresh the traditional Q&A. Rather than just requesting questions, we are asking for sharable topics. Please submit your ideas for:

    • Questions
    • Teachable moments
    • Lessons learned for sharing (learning from incidents or near misses, etc.)
    • Technology best practices
    • Success stories co-presented by OpCo and Vendor (not a sales pitch)
    • Ask for emerging topics you would like discussed

    The categories for your submission are:
    • Advanced Process Control
    • Alkylation
    • Amine Treating
    • Benchmarking
    • Best Practices
    • Bio Fuels
    • Blending
    • Catalysts
    • Catalytic Reforming
    • Corrosion Control
    • Crude Quality
    • Crude/Vacuum
    • Deasphalting
    • Delayed Coking
    • Distillation
    • Emissions Control
    • Energy Conservation
    • FCCU
    • Flare Recovery/Minimization
    • Heavy Oil Desalting
    • Hydrogen
    • Hydroprocessing
    • IMO2020 Impact (how to deal with options)
    • Innovations
    • Margin Improvement
    • Novel Technologies
    • Optimization
    • Plant Security
    • Plant Utilities
    • Process Safety Metrics
    • Profitability
    • Project/Construction Management
    • Refinery Economics
    • Regulatory Compliance Safety
    • Remote Inspections/Drones (not just flying drones)
    • Start-up/Shutdown Emissions
    • Sulfur Plants
    • Tight Oil
    • Workforce Issues
    • Other

    2019 Operational Planning, Control and Automation Technologies (OPCAT) 

    AFPM will offer a cybersecurity track to present information and case studies on the tools and techniques used for cybersecurity in the refining and petrochemical industries. 

    • Access
    • Adoption of ISA 62443-4.1 and 4.2 standards
    • AI
    • Application security
    • Asset identification and management
    • Blockchain
    • Challenges for ICS vulnerability scoring
    • Compliance issues in 2019
    • Data privacy vs. security
    • Drones used for hacking
    • Harmonization of standards/regulations around the globe
    • HMI - changing with technology
    • Identifying and closing the gaps
    • IIOT in refining and petrochemical industries
    • Impacts of regular IT malware on industrial production
    • Imposter emails
    • Industry 4.0
    • Information breeches
    • Information sharing vis-à-vis incident sharing
    • Insider threats
    • IT/OT convergence
    • Machine learning
    • Making the case for additional funds in your budget with no incidents
    • Patching
    • Practical and pragmatic applications of NIST Framework
    • Product distribution and cybersecurity
    • Proper cybersecurity organizational structure/reporting
    • Protection of control systems
    • Protection of safety systems
    • Risk-based assessments driving agendas
    • Regulatory/legislative issues in 2019/2020
    • SCADA in the cloud
    • Security limitations and challenges
    • Social engineering in refining and petrochemical industries
    • Teaching non-cyber personnel about cyber hygiene
    • Virtual reality/augmented reality
    • Which risk model works best for your situation
    • Other

    The call for presentations is closed. For more information contact Tanya Cooper at tcooper@afpm.org.

    Operational Planning, Control & Automation Technologies (OPCAT)

    The OPCAT sessions provide information and case studies on the tools and techniques used for applying automation and decision support technologies including planning & scheduling to practitioners and specialists. It also brings together the leading vendors, adopters, and developers of these technologies in an event that stresses learning, sharing and problem solving. 

    • Advanced control
    • AI
    • Alarm management
    • Big data
    • DCS upgrades and migrations
    • Digital transformation/utilizing new information
    • Digitization & automation of control systems using models and less people
    • IIOT and process control
    • Machine learning
    • Material integrity
    • Planning and scheduling/implementation
    • Process control and process safety
    • Real-time optimization
    • Other

    The call for presentations is closed. For more information contact Tanya Cooper at tcooper@afpm.org.


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

    This call for presentations is closed. If you have any questions, please contact Ariel Sarandinaki for more information.

    2019 Reliability & Maintenance Conference
    May 21-24, 2019
    Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
    Grapevine, TX

    The Reliability & Maintenance Conference brings together reliability and maintenance professionals to share common experiences and find real-world solutions. The four main tracks are: Maintenance, Reliability, Turnarounds, and Mechanical Integrity. All presentations are encouraged to have an operating company partner where possible. Selection is based on quality and importance to the industry.

    Program formats are as follows:
    1. Presentations – This format is 50 minutes in length (40 min presentation; 10 min Q&A) and includes a traditional presentation followed by questions and dialogue from the audience. In addition to the presentation materials, presenters should prepare questions in advance to encourage audience participation. Open dialogue with the audience during this session is equally important as the presentation itself.

    2. Panel/Roundtable Discussions – This format is 90 minutes in length and may include multiple (2-4) industry experts willing to share their experience and knowledge on a given topic but does NOT include a formal presentation. The direction of the session will be driven by current interest and developments on the topic in question. Panelists or subject matter experts may be asked to prepare answers in advance and/or help develop the questions to frame the session. In some cases, discussion topics have been identified. In others, the program committee is open to suggestions and welcomes your ideas for a dynamic addition to the program along any of the themes listed below.

    The 2019 Reliability & Maintenance Conference Call for Industry Input is closed. For further inquiry, please contact Tanya Cooper 



    2018 National Occupational & Process Safety Conference
    May 15-16, 2018
    Grand Hyatt
    San Antonio, TX

    Call for Presentations

    The call for presentations is closed. For more information contact Mawusi Bridges, at nsc2@afpm.org.


    Base Oils & Waxes Conference (formerly International Lubricants & Waxes Conference)
    March 24-26, 2019
    Grand Hyatt
    San Antonio, TX

    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.