Call for speakers for Foam Expo 2020 is open!

As development for the Foam Expo 2020 conference ramps up, we invite you to input into our research, share new session ideas and submit your talk proposals. Please read the guidelines before submitting your proposal via the online form. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Conference Producer Callum Gibson.

The 2020 conference will focus on the following topics but is not limited to them:

Industry Trends

  • Industry trends such as:
    • Regulatory updates and innovation for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
    • Lightweighting
    • Flammability
    • Sustainable, biodegradable and bio-based materials
    • Recycling
  • Innovative technology/research ready for commercialization
  • Costs and industry financial issues, such as economic forecasting or reducing material and equipment costs
  • Regulatory impact on the industry, industry standards and government incentives
  • International commercial development
  • Industry Outlook


  • Technical and novelty applications of foams in the Sports & Leisure, Medical and Construction industries, as well as Oil & Gas, Appliances, Electronics, Maritime, Defense, Packaging, Aerospace and Automotive industries. Some specific examples include:
    • Corrugated Packaging
    • Nano Foam for micro electric applications
    • SPF Roof and Wall Systems
    • Foamed sealants for insulation and sound dampening
    • Automotive interiors – electrified vehicles
  • Material properties of foams including but not limited to:
    • Acoustics: Noise, vibration and harshness
    • Shock absorption
    • Lightweighting
    • Density and durability
    • Thermal management and conductivity


  • Challenges and opportunities for additives, including property improvement, flammability, foam compounds and new innovations
  • Bio-based/sustainable technologies and green chemistry                                                            
  • Material evaluation of different rigid and flexible foam material offerings and innovations including: PE, EVA, EPS, POE, PU, EPP, Ceramic, Metallic, Spray Foam, hybrids, composites, nanomaterials, etc.                                                      
  • Strategies for eliminating hazardous materials
  • Innovations related to thermal management
  • Alternate raw materials for foams such as EPP and PU
  • Integral skin foam


  • Process improvement, cost saving, innovation, and best practice of foam moulding and fabrication. Some processes to focus on are:
    • 3D Printing
    • Extrusion
    • Injection Molding
    • New or improved converting equipment
    • Particle foam molding
    • Chemical blowing agents
    • Adhesive lamination
    • Mechanical foaming
    • EPP Foam Bead
  • Testing and Quality Analysis
    • Processing/Quality Troubleshooting
  • Automation and digitalization
  • Chemical Blowing agents both regulatory updates and innovation


How to apply to speak:

If you would like to submit an abstract you can do so using our online form below. The deadline for proposals is Friday September 13, 2019 and we will endeavour to review all submissions within 6-8 weeks.

Please ensure that you have read the submission guidelines.

View guidelines

Apply here

Contact us 

callumCallum Gibson – Conference Producer
[email protected]
+44 1273 916 302
Toll free: +1 855 436 8683 (USA)

Download 2019 agenda

2019 testimonials

"The Foam Expo Conference was an excellent experience, I enjoyed having the opportunity to speak in front of such a diverse audience. There were people that we do not normally communicate with, that we could show our message about our transition. Overall, it exceeded my expectations”


“Speaking at the conference was very good, it was a big venue, very well attended and with lots of questions asked, so I made a lot of good contacts”


“Speaking at the Foam Expo Conference was great, it is well attended by a diverse group of people – from automotive to adhesives and rubber industries – and is exciting to connect with these people by listening to presentations”


Speaker interviews 2019



Mark Polster, Chairperson, Ford Motor Company 


Mitch Johnson, CEO and President, General Plastics


Rick Duncan, Technical Director, SPFA