Petfood Forum 2024 Student Program seeks academic research abstracts

Petfood Forum 2024 Student Program announces call for papers

The Petfood Forum 2024 content advisory board is seeking academic research abstracts for undergraduate and graduate oral presentations and research posters, due February 1, 2024.

Petfood Forum 2024 is scheduled for April 29-May 1 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. The Student Career Center, hosted during the annual conference and exhibition, is designed to give the industry a chance to see the latest in academic pet food research as well as gain access to those entering the industry in the next few years.

Why submit?

All abstracts selected will be published, and both oral (up to ten selected abstracts) and poster (no limit) research will be presented on the trade show floor as part of the regular Petfood Forum schedule of events. Participants will receive industry exposure as well as the opportunity to experience Petfood Forum’s many industry-focused benefits, including networking, educational sessions and a chance to walk the trade show halls.

Additionally, the presentations are part of a competition, where a panel of judges will determine the top presenters (with a total of $1500 in monetary prizes on the line).

Please submit only if you believe you’ll be able to attend the show in person in 2024.

What to submit

Potential student speakers are invited to submit academic research abstracts on topics including:

    • New research on companion animal nutrition;
    • Novel ingredients and their potential applications in pet food or treat formulations;
    • New information, techniques or processes for product development in pet food;
    • 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)
    • Reviews or compilations of the above topics.

Relevance of topic and the presence of new or innovative information, concepts or research are key to a positive evaluation. It is crucial that the paper/presentation does not come across as a sales pitch, seeking to promote a specific organization or product(s). No abstract will be considered if it seems commercial. Previously published or presented research IS acceptable.

How to submit

Please visit the Petfood Forum Student Program abstract submissions site and follow the instructions to create a new account. Complete the submissions forms using the guidelines on the log-in page and on the forms themselves.

Abstracts must be received no later than February 1. 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.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lindsay Beaton, Student Program coordinator, at