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
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AFPM meetings and conferences your venue to present these ideas to the industry.
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March 17-19, 2019
San Antonio, TX
The Annual Meeting brings together decision makers to share common experiences and real-world solutions for our most pressing challenges. The 2019 Program Committee is looking for presentations on topics having the most significant impacts on the petroleum refining & petrochemical manufacturing industries.
The topics and issues below focus on the following themes: national and global issues; regulatory issues; operational excellence; 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 2019 Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts is currently closed.
for more information.
2018 Cat Cracker Seminar
August 21-22, 2018
Royal Sonesta Hotel
2019 Operations and Process Technology Summit
October 14-16, 2019Marriott RivercenterSan Antonio, TX
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. This meeting’s effectiveness and uniqueness depends on you and your experiences. We need to know what you know in all areas of plant operations. By clicking on one of the links below you can participate in the 2019 Summit in the following ways:
Q&A Call for SME* NominationsAnyone 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.
Submission Deadline – May 24, 2019, 11:55 pm EST Click here for 2019 Summit Submissions
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
2019 Operational Planning, Control and Automation Technologies (OPCAT)
CybersecurityAFPM 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. AFPM is seeking professionals from operating companies, suppliers, consultants, and academics who can articulate vision and implementation in one or more of the following areas (please note that you do not have to be in the refining and petrochemical industry to submit an abstract):
• 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 Submission Deadline – May 24, 2019, 11:55 pm EST Click here for 2019 Summit Submissions
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. AFPM invites abstracts from operating companies, suppliers, consultants, and academics on the following topics:• 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• OtherSubmission Deadline – May 24, 2019, 11:55 pm EST Click here for 2019 Summit Submissions
For further information on Cybersecurity and OPCAT, contact Dan Strachan, or 202-457-0480.
2017 Environmental Conference
October 15-17, 2017
Grand Hyatt Denver
This call for presentations is closed. If you have any questions, please contact
for more information.
2019 Reliability & Maintenance Conference
May 21-24, 2019Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention CenterGrapevine, 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, 2018Grand HyattSan Antonio, TX
Call for PresentationsThe call for presentations is closed. For more information contact Mawusi Bridges, at email@example.com.
Base Oils & Waxes Conference (formerly International
Lubricants & Waxes Conference)
March 24-26, 2019
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:
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
1800 M Street, NW Suite 900 North
Washington, DC 20036