FEW looking for presenters and posters
Planning for the 2013 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, June 10-13 in St. Louis, is gearing up. The FEW is a combination of a solid expo trade show and a series of educational sessions that is well attended by the ethanol industry. While most of the 2,000-some attendees are from North America, we always get an impressive number of international guests as well.
Panel presentations are organized in four tracks: production and operations, leadership and financial management, coproducts and product diversification, cellulosic and advanced ethanol.
As always, the presentation lineup is an open process, so anyone in the industry can submit a short description of the topic he or she would like to talk about. Some companies submit multiple ideas. The input of an abstract review committee is used to build the panel presentations at the conference. Some topics, of course, are a solid fit in those tracks, but there always are a few that don’t quite fit. Submit them anyway.
This year, the FEW will also feature poster presentations as part of the expo. Those of you who have been at academic conferences are quite familiar with posters, but this will be the first time for the FEW. Graduate students aren’t the only ones who might be interested in doing a poster, other researchers and companies might find a poster the best way to present their ideas. Posters may contain text, tables and/or photographs that will fit on a 3 foot by 4 foot display board. Located in the expo floor, the posters are a way to multiply the information available to FEW attendees.
The deadline to get a presentation or poster idea in to the team that organizes the FEW is Feb. 15 – not even a month from now. Visit www.fuelethanolworkshop.com to submit. Look for “submit presentation ideas” under the agenda tab. And, the poster idea is so new that the link to submit poster ideas wasn’t live yet when I wrote this. So check back shortly.