SUR/FIN Seeks Presenters for 2020 Conference in Atlanta

Presentations to be considered for the 2020 conference to be held June 15-17 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
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The National Association for Surface Finishing’s (NASF) SUR/FIN Technical Advisory Committee is seeking abstracts for presentations to be considered for the 2020 conference, which will be held June 15-17 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The SUR/FIN technical conference sessions provide a venue to explore existing and new technology with suppliers, OEMs and applicators who want to gain insight for improving surface finishing operations.

Abstract submissions can be sent in beginning Sept. 9 and are due Nov. 1. Preference will be given to early submittals. Visit nasfsurfin.com to submit an abstract. Final presentations that are selected will be due by May 2020, so an abstract is all that is needed at this time.

Brad Durkin, chairperson of the committee, says they are seeking speakers from around the world who have surface finishing experiences or focus on new technology to give exclusive, informative, noncommercial presentations for the SUR/FIN technical conference program. Each talk is a maximum of 25 minutes, and should cover the latest surface engineering and finishing technology topics that are impacting business today or what is trending on the horizon for tomorrow.

“This past year we had record attendance at SUR/FIN, so this is a great opportunity to present to the surface finishing world and share insight, research and technology,” Durkin says.

SUR/FIN is the global surface finishing industry’s annual event where professionals from around the world share ideas and experiences to help gain insight on practical applications, solve problems, discuss productivity improvements and introduce new technologies.

“We are calling on leaders in the finishing industry to share their expertise and knowledge to help the current and future generations of industrial finishers improve, compete and succeed,” Durkin says.

Presenters should submit an abstract if their company is involved with new surface finishing or design processes, or equipment that provides significantly improved results or performance. The committee is looking for noncommercial-focused efforts from individuals who are able to engage and speak to large groups of their peers on topics directly relevant to the industry.

Presenters can be involved in academia, production, engineering, R&D and testing, or evaluations in coatings or surface treatments. They are encouraged to present their topics, results and conclusions influencing all industry applications, including automotive, military, aerospace and defense, machinery equipment, electronics, oil and chemical, molds and dies, plastics and others.

Based on the subject matter of submitted abstracts, the committee will determine the best conference session for the proposed presentation. Authors will be notified of the conference session in which the presentation will be best suited for the optimal development of the overall technical program. 

Durkin points out several important items for prospective speakers:

  • Written papers are encouraged. If they are based on noncommercial presentations given at the technical session, they can be published on the SUR/FIN website or in other publications, including Products Finishing or those sponsored by the NASF.
  • The primary author/presenter of the accepted presentation will receive free registration, which includes all conference sessions, receptions and the exhibition, as well as access to all conference proceedings and the show directory. Only one person from any company or institution will receive the complimentary registration offered per presentation.
  • Abstracts should be as complete and concise as possible, and will be subject to editing by the committee for publication. Please follow the example abstract on format and content.
  • A balance of presentations, panel discussions and forums that best meet the needs of the audience is the focus of the collaborative effort of committee members. 
  • For submission, please indicate your top two choices for topic categories where you believe your talk will maximize attendance and participation in the SUR/FIN technical sessions. If chosen, the selection committee will take author choices into consideration, but will assign presentations to sessions that best meet the needs of the conference and the attendees.

Visit nasfsurfin.org for information about SUR/FIN.




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