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APPMA Business & Industry Conference 2021

Do you have a project success or case study to share with the Australian packaging and processing industry? We are seeking abstracts from various disciplines, skills, knowledge bases and experience – if you have a story to tell that industry can learn from, we want to hear about it!

Overview of conference

As Australia emerges from the disruption wrought by the global pandemic, a ‘new normal’ is beginning to take shape. Amidst the uncertainty, economic trends are positioning the packaging and processing sector as an essential industry, playing a vital role in securing Australia’s supply chains, and as a source of much-needed jobs and growth. Coupled with a sharper focus on sustainability as the looming ‘next crisis’, there is no better time for our industry to invest in innovation, technology and talent to ensure it is at the forefront of the economic recovery.

In 2021 the APPMA Business & Industry Conference will be delivered as a hybrid event centred around the theme ‘2021: Investing in Resilience’. The conference will be held live and live-streamed from ICC Sydney, enabling our members, partners and supporting industries to attend in-person or virtually from anywhere. The speaker program will feature a mix of high-profile industry experts and international thought leaders who will address the multiple challenges and opportunities the sector faces in the new economy, providing the practical tools required to help navigate these uncertain times, with an eye to securing a sustainable and resilient future.

Who we want to speak:

APPMA is looking for anyone who has a great story to share with regards to innovation and creative solutions relating to the packaging and processing/manufacturing industry.

Please note, presentations should primarily be educational, informative and engaging, rather than to promote a company, product or service. If you wish to do a technical demonstration please contact our Partnerships Manager.

Abstracts are sought from a diverse range of perspectives and industry sectors and should focus on a case study which relates to the conference theme 2021: Investing in Resilience.

The conference theme which will focus on:

  • The packaging and processing sector as a vital and important industry necessary for Australia’s economic recovery
  • How industry should respond to the challenges and opportunities of the new economy
  • How to minimize the impact of shocks and stresses of future events.

Topics: Overview of the broader topic areas.

The overarching conference theme is ‘2021: Investing in Resilience”. Your submission will need to align with one of the following:

  • COVID-19 ‘pivot’ case study
  • Cybersecurity management case study
  • Processing innovation case study
  • Packaging innovation case study
  • Sustainability innovation case study
  • Technology innovation case study
  • Risk management case study
  • Health & Safety case study
  • Diversity and inclusion case study

What we value:

Presentations that show demonstrated outcomes, practical takeouts for industry and relevance to the packaging and processing/manufacturing industry. Our delegates value interaction with speakers so we are also looking for presenters who intend to attend the whole conference.

Format:

We emphasize peer-to-peer learning experiences throughout the conference program. We place a premium on showcasing diverse speakers, in all senses of the word.

Session format

Live (in person) case study presentation – 20 minute presentation (including Q&A) with up to two presenters. The case study should demonstrate solid outcomes, describe how the project, solution or innovation came about, the challenges faced and the journey taken. Remember you will be talking to both a live and virtual audience, so concise presenting and energy are key. The audience will be invited to submit questions both live and virtually (via the session moderator) at the end.

Note: These sessions will take place in the breakout streams immediately following the plenary sessions and prior to the technical demonstrations.

Submission Deadline:

22 March 2021. We will respond no later than 01 April 2021.

Who attends the conference

The APPMA Business & Industry Conference is attended by the packaging and processing industry (APPMA members and non-members), supporting industries, industry media, industry associations and government agencies representing the following sectors:

Food & beverage
CEOs/Directors/Managing Directors/General Managers
Manufacturing Operations Managers
Manufacturing Production Managers
Business Development Managers
HR
Financial controllers
Food scientists
Food technologists
Research &  development
Retailers
Wholesalers
Procurement
Importers and exporters
Engineers
Innovation/start-up
Machinery manufacturers
Engineers
CEOs/General Managers
Sales/business development
Importers/exporters
Pharma & Cosmetics
CEOs/Directors/Managing Directors/General Managers
Manufacturing Operations Managers
Manufacturing Production Managers
Business Development Managers
HR
Financial controllers
Research & Development
Retailers
Wholesalers
Procurement
Importers and exporters
Engineers
Innovation/start-up
Packaging production
CEOs/Directors/Managing Directors/General Managers
Packaging technologists
Manufacturing Operations Managers
Manufacturing Production Managers
Business Development Managers
HR
Financial controllers
Research & development
Procurement
Importers and exporters
Engineers
Innovation/start-up
Technical & engineering suppliers
CEOs/Directors/Managing Directors/General Managers
Business Development Managers
Research &  development
Engineers
Innovation/start-up
Importers/exporters
Government/industry association
Associated industry bodies – eg printing, distribution, manufacturing, retailing, food and agribusiness
Industry clusters – eg Food & Agribusiness Network
Government supported start-up
Research & Development
Print & design
Graphic designers
Printers and print managers
Manufacturers
Distribution & E-commerce
CEOs/Directors/Managing Directors/General Managers
Operations Managers
Business Development Managers
Financial controllers
Marketing Managers
Marketing & advertising
Creatives
Account managers
Marketers
Education
Tertiary education providers
Students – STEM
Innovation hubs and incubators
Professional services
Legal
Accounting
Insurance
Financial services
Consultants
Media
Journalists
Publishers
Influencers

Guidelines for submission:

  • Abstracts should show demonstrated outcomes, practical takeouts for industry and relevance to the packaging and processing/manufacturing industry.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed by the APPMA Conference Committee. The selection process will be focussed on providing a program that offers varied and detailed information across all areas of the industry. Authors will be notified by email of the outcome of their submission.
  • Please note that presentations should primarily be educational, informative and engaging, rather than to promote a company, product or service. If you wish to do a technical demonstration please contact our Partnerships Manager.
  • The maximum number of submissions an individual can submit is one.
  • Abstracts must be submitted via the Call for Speakers portal (link) which includes full instructions on the format required. You will need to create an account and the following information will be required along with full contact details:
    • Presentation title: maximum 10 words
    • Synopsis (which will appear in the conference program): maximum 150 words
    • Abstract: maximum 300 words
    • Presenting author bio: maximum 150 words
    • Presenting author headshot
    • Speakers must be able to present in person at the live event at ICC Sydney on 16th September 2021. Travel and accommodation is at the speaker’s own expense.
  • All accepted speakers will receive a complimentary registration to attend the full live conference.
  • All accepted speakers will be expected to promote their participation in the conference via their professional networks and channels. APPMA will provide content assets to assist.

Additional information:

Key Dates

  • Abstract submissions open: 22 February, 2021
  • Abstract submissions close: 22 March, 2021
  • Notification to successful speakers: 01 April, 2021
  • Speaker acceptance due: 09 April, 2021
  • Speaker registration deadline: 23 April, 2021
  • Event date: 16 September, 2021 (Venue: ICC Sydney)