Petfood Forum Europe Call for Papers is now closed. 

The Petfood Forum Europe 2019 content advisory board is seeking abstracts for noncommercial oral presentations, due November 5, 2018.

Petfood Forum Europe 2019 is scheduled for June 13 at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not sure you will be able to attend Petfood Forum Europe on that date.

What to submit

Potential speakers are invited to submit noncommercial abstracts on topics including:

  • New research on companion animal nutrition;
  • Novel ingredients and their potential applications in pet food or treat formulations;
  • Data, trends and predictions for the pet food market, focusing on Europe and including opportunities for innovation;
  • New pet retailing information pertinent to the selling or distribution of pet food, including via e-commerce, in Europe;
  • New information or ideas for marketing pet food, including via social media;
  • New information, techniques or processes for product development in pet food;
  • Update on regulatory information relevant to pet food in the European Union;
  • New research, technology or processes for pet food production;
  • New research, technology or other information on pet food packaging;
  • New, specific information on one focused aspect of pet food safety (no general overviews of regulations or pet food safety programs).

An advisory board of pet food industry experts will evaluate all submissions for:

  • Relevance of topic;
  • Presence of new or innovative information, concepts or research. Originality is key, so please be sure your abstract gives a clear idea of how your topic is unique and/or based on new research findings or work not found elsewhere;
  • Proposed speaker’s experience or background with the topic;
  • Lack of commercialization or promotion – it is crucial that the paper/presentation does not come across as a sales pitch, seeking to promote your organization or product(s);
  • Evidence of previous speaking experience.

Each submission is evaluated on its own merits against these criteria but also in relation to other papers received – for example, it is highly unlikely two papers on the same or a very similar subject would be selected for presentations, especially for this one-day conference. We seek to present a balance of timely topics as well as ensure particular areas of high industry importance and popularity are sufficiently covered.

No abstract will be considered if it seems commercial or if it has been published or presented prior to Petfood Forum Europe 2019. Abstracts similar in title or content to previously presented material should include significant new information.

Guidelines:

  • Abstracts must be written in English.
  • The abstract should sufficiently explain the topic, especially how it is unique or based on new information. The potential speaker’s expertise in or knowledge of the topic should also be clear.
  • The following elements must be part of the abstract:
    • Abstract title and name, title and organization of corresponding author/potential speaker (if different or in addition to the information given in your account);
    • The overall purpose or objective of the abstract;
    • Information presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions and take-home points, plus how the topic is unique or based on new information;
    • The learning objectives of the presentation (this is a separate form that the system will take you to).

The submission form also includes a required field for a 50-100 word biography of the potential presenter. Public speaking experience must be included; the submission form includes required questions to complete. It is also helpful to include information on the speaker’s knowledge of or experience with the topic within the abstract.

 Abstracts must be received no later than November 5. After this deadline, the abstract submission system will no longer accept submissions. Any requests for late submissions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

After review of submissions

All submissions will be reviewed within four to six weeks after the November 5 deadline; you will receive an email from the abstract system about whether your submission has been accepted or declined, using an email address named Petfood Forum.

If your abstract is chosen for an oral presentation, you will receive a PowerPoint template to use to create your presentation, including a set range of number of slides and amount of information or bullet points to include on each slide. Please use and follow this template.

Authors will be required to sign a copyright release to permit publication of the abstract and the use or re-use of other materials. You will also be required to provide a photo (head shot) and, by a specified date, a longer, more developed abstract if your initial submission is not sufficient for publication.

Failure to provide required files and information by the specified deadlines could result in your being replaced as a speaker for Petfood Forum Europe 2019.