Call for speakers for Foam Expo 2021 is open!

As development for the Foam Expo 2021 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 2021 conference will focus on the following topics but is not limited to them:

  • 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
  • Technical and novelty applications of foams
  • Material properties of foams
  • Challenges and opportunities for additives, including property improvement, flammability, foam compounds and new innovations
  • Material evaluation of different rigid and flexible foam material offerings and innovations
  • Strategies for eliminating hazardous materials
  • Process improvement, cost saving, innovation, and best practice of foam moulding and fabrication.
  • Testing and Quality Analysis
  • Automation and digitalization


How to apply to speak:

  • Speaking slots are allocated on merit and relevance to the topics on the agenda
  • Commercial presentations – such as product or company reviews – will not be accepted
  • There are no registration fees to take up this opportunity
  • Speaking slot timings and formats will be finalized as the program is completed, depending on the subject matter to be addressed.
  • The deadline for submissions is Sunday February 14, 2021
  • We will endeavor to review all submissions within 6-8 weeks after the deadline

Submissions will be evaluated in terms of:

  • Importance of topic to conference attendees
  • Inclusion of an end user as either lead or co-presenter
  • Objective, educational, non-commercial content
  • Clearly defined benefits for attendees 
  • Knowledge and experience of the speaker

Contact us 

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




Mark Polster, Chairperson, Ford Motor Company 


Mitch Johnson, CEO and President, General Plastics


Rick Duncan, Technical Director, SPFA


"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”