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Looking for FEW presentations

The deadline is quickly approaching on Feb. 10 to submit presentation ideas for the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. Being held in Minneapolis this year, the FEW is June 4-7, a bit earlier in June than normal.
By Susanne Retka Schill | January 30, 2012

The deadline is quickly approaching on Feb. 10 to submit presentation ideas for the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. Being held in Minneapolis this year, the FEW is June 4-7, a bit earlier in June than normal.

The FEW is known as THE ethanol event of the year, with exhibitors from all sectors of the industry and a packed program that is built largely upon the presentation ideas submitted from a broad spectrum of industry professionals.   

While many topics and speakers are regularly found in the program because they are the mainstays of the industry, we’re always looking for new faces and the latest information and newest ideas. Submitting an idea is pretty easy to do on the website. Just be sure to demonstrate you have a clear idea of what you want to talk about and how to target it to our audience – ethanol producers. Vague, unclear, rambling abstracts from individuals who don’t seem to understand who they would be addressing generally get poor scores from the review committee. Also, abstracts that sound like the presentation will essentially be a commercial, don’t get good comments.

Can you tell I’m one of those on the review committee?  With over 200 presentation pitches, I’m glad to say I’m not the only one reviewing them. My colleagues on the magazine, along with several others from BBI’s conference group, are part of the committee. The ones whose opinions really count are the real experts – several ethanol industry representatives.

Thus, every abstract gets reviewed by several people who both rate and offer comments.

It can be tricky to plan a program with 130-some speakers. Not every idea can be worked in, although some companies submit multiple ideas and we try to select the best one. Sometimes there are great presentation ideas that are orphans – they don’t really fit in one of the categories, or they are one-of-a-kind. The FEW format is designed to give a large number of people a chance to give a brief presentation, but the panel and track format can make it hard to work in some topics.

I’m looking forward to FEW in Minneapolis. It’s great to meet the people we talk to on the phone and correspond with via email. And, if you want to present – head to the website now. www.fuelethanolworkshop.com