September 19–22, 2017    McCormick Place    Chicago, IL USA    Pure Processing. Proven Results.


PROCESS EXPO 2017 Call for Speakers

Become a PROCESS EXPO Speaker!

PROCESS EXPO show management is now calling for key industry speakers from leading food and beverage equipment manufacturers, service providers, suppliers, distributors or other experts to propose suitable presentations for inclusion in the 2017 PROCESS EXPO educational program, which will run during the show from September 19-22, 2017.

PROCESS EXPO provides a unique and popular educational experience that reveals best practices in food and beverage processing and packaging technology, food safety, and continuous improvement. Given the technical nature of PROCESS EXPO attendees, all speakers will find an eager audience looking to bring new ideas and technologies back to their business to gain a competitive advantage.

We encourage proposals from speakers with practical experience in developing, implementing, and overseeing leading-edge technology implementations, workforce best practices, and continuous improvement strategies in their organizations. The focus of your sessions should be on key takeaways and advanced solutions that can be implemented right away and show real value for the attendee.  They should also be engaging and interactive as much as possible.

Topic Areas for Submission

We are accepting proposals for the following one-hour tracks (Additional tracks may be added later):

  • Automation & Robotics
  • Labor Saving Improvements in Meat Processing
  • The Next Generation of Smart Factories
  • Upgrading and Replacement of Legacy Designs
  • Total Cost of Ownership (Lifetime Cost and Equipment Upkeep)
  • Arc Flash (NFPA 70E)
  • 3D Printing to Speed up Package Commercialization
  • Preventing or Identifying New Types of Foreign Materials
  • Energy Savings in Food Production and Packaging
  • Principles of Hygienic Design
  • Differences in Equipment Standards
  • Upgrading Your Plant for Peak Performance
  • The Gap of Expectations and Experience Between Processors and Vendors
  • The Rate of Return on Hygienic Design
  • Advanced Chemistry and Microbiology of Food Processing Equipment

Details for Submission

Speaker Biography — For purposes of the committee reviewing your background and experience to present the materials you are submitting, please submit a bio of 250 words or less, plus a speaker photo (hi-res, 300 dpi or more, jpg/tif headshot). (Include the speaker’s name in the file name.)

Presentation Title — Propose a short, clever or compelling title that concisely describes the educational value and accurately reflects the session content. PROCESS EXPO reserves the right to alter the title to maintain the character and purpose of the event.

Topic Area — FPSA Industry Councils and the Education Task Force have identified topics of interest for the PROCESS EXPO audience, which are listed above. Select the track that best fits your presentation submission. The FPSA Education Task Force reserves the right to modify education track titles and/or the category you select to allow for a balanced education program.

Session Description — This description will be used by the FPSA Education Task Force to evaluate your submission. Avoid jargon, describe in detail what the audience will learn during your session. Session description must be 400 words or less.

Presentation Summary — Submit a presentation summary of 75 words or less. Describe the core of your session to convince someone to attend by getting their interest, making them curious, and/or letting them know the benefits of participating. This description will be used to advertise this session in printed materials and on the conference website.

Learning Objectives — Please be concise and brief. Use measurable, outcome-based verbs and list three (3) learning objectives for session participants, specifically what they will be able to do as a result of participating in your session.

Presentation A/V

As a selected presenter, you will be afforded the standard A/V package, consisting of the following:

  • Podium with microphone
  • Wired lavaliere microphone
  • Panel discussion table at the front of the room
  • LCD Projector

Speakers must supply their own laptop computer and compatible power supply. A standard VGA connection to the LCD projector and an electrical outlet will be provided at the head table of lectern. If you have a Mac, you are responsible for providing your own adapter to connect to the LCD projector. Additional A/V materials will be available upon request and at a cost to the presenter.

Rules for Speakers

  • In their educational presentations, no speaker shall promote or sell any particular product or service at any time
  • Speaker agrees to use the PROCESS EXPO provided speaker templates and to not alter them in any way as to remove content specifically designed for this event
  • Speaker’s presentation shall not contain any marketing materials or corporate logos on any page other than the title slide and contact slide where the presenter’s corporate affiliation may appear along with their telephone and email address
  • All speakers must agree and state that all materials and content presented do not infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, patent, or intellectual property rights of any person or entity
  • Speakers will not defame, slander or libel any person, firm or corporation
  • Speakers must agree to abide by the deliverable dates below:


January 17, 2017 FPSA issues Call for Speakers for PROCESS EXPO 2017
February 24, 2017 Last day to complete submissions for PROCESS EXPO 2017 Call for Speakers
February 24 – March 1, 2017 FPSA Education Task Force reviews and rates submissions
March 8, 2017 Speaker/Presentation notification of education session selection/acceptance
March 22, 2017 Selected speakers must individually sign and return PROCESS EXPO Speaker Agreement
May 15, 2017 PROCESS EXPO will provide all confirmed speakers the 2017 PROCESS EXPO speaker template. This template must be used for all presentations to keep with continuity of the event
July 31, 2017 Special request for onsite AV due to PROCESS EXPO. Any request after this date will not be guaranteed
August 31, 2017 All PowerPoints must be uploaded to Show Management
Submit Your Speaker Application