Call for Presentations & Posters
The 2024 Food & Beverage Environmental Conference (FBEC) presents the annual gathering of food and beverage industry environmental professionals, their environmental consultants and vendors, and the academic community to share environmental engineering knowledge and experience. There are no published conference proceedings and no sales pitches so that the presentations, posters and subsequent discussions can be more candid and enlightening. Presentations are delivered in a single-track, general session format to allow the greatest participation possible. Posters receive maximum interaction and exposure during scheduled networking sessions.
Chair: John Meyer, Smithfield Foods
Co-Chair: Domagoj Gotovac, Woodard & Curran
The Food & Beverage Environmental Conference (FBEC) Poster Session, held both Monday and Wednesday evenings of the conference, provides a socially-conducive forum for presentations of a broad array of technical subjects to conference attendees. Lively, informal interaction between presenters and attendees should promote mutual learning and help in developing professional contacts.
A poster is a presentation that conveys a technical topic, with the authors present to guide the viewer and answer questions. Posters can be traditional documents mounted on freestanding bulletin boards or can be information displayed via alternative media. Posters work best when they address a specific situation and are divided into sections such as problem definition, goals, activities undertaken and results. Graphical material such as diagrams, photograms and charts can aid in effective communication.
All poster proposals will initially be accepted by the poster session chair and co- chair. A Technical Review Committee will review final poster submittals for accuracy and applicability. Additional guidelines will be provided to accepted posters.
Posters are welcome that address the theme or any of the session topics of this year’s conference.
This year there are two poster categories. When submitting the abstract, please note the appropriate category:
- Project Poster – Poster must be approved for presentation by the food and beverage processor. Attendance by that processor at the poster session is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.
- Innovative Solutions Poster – Posters in this category do not require a food and beverage processor. This poster will present a new technical solution that the industry could benefit from. It can address current or new problems on the horizon.
Below is a list of the session topics. The presentations should focus on actual case examples from the food and beverage industry. We encourage examples of successes, failures, and lessons learned. NOTE: The Lead presenter MUST be from a food or beverage company or from academia. Presentation guidelines will be issued for all presentations that are accepted.
We look forward to your participation in this valuable and worthwhile food and beverage industry event. If you have questions please reach out to Joan Giuliani, FBEC 2024 Conference Chair at Joan.Giuliani@molsoncoors.com. Submissions must be completed through the online form. No submissions will be accepted via email.
· Sustainability: USCPAS treasure hunts for energy management, waste minimization, showcasing sustainability goals as a food/beverage processor, etc.
· Compliance Trends: Analyzing industry trends, SPCC compliance, the reporting chain (what to report relevant data/who to report it to), etc.
· Enforcement and Compliance Horror Stories: How to avoid enforcement action on popular issues.
· Packaging: Innovative and sustainable solutions.
· Air Quality: Approaches for airborne particulate matter (PM) control, etc.
· PFAS: Legislation/Regulatory updates, risks and liability for companies, soil and groundwater issues, etc.
· Water Conservation/Water Reuse: Sustainable water use in the supply chain, extended producer responsibilities, water efficiency/reuse, water stewardship, etc.
· Wastewater: New and innovative technologies.
· Nutrients/Bio-Gas: Food and Beverage waste to biogas and fertilizer
· Hazardous & Regulated Waste: Trends, best practices, tier II reporting, spill/emergency preparedness and response, etc.
· Food Waste: New technology, converting waste to fuel, solid waste handling, co-digestion, etc.
· Ad-hoc Session (Interactive) Sustainability: Impacts of climate change on food/beverage processers, renewable energy, alternative energy, sustainability goal setting and how to achieve them, etc.
· Ad Hoc (Interactive) Resource Stress Management: How to Plan and Adapt to a Changing Environment.
· Other (please specify)