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Petfood Forum CHINA

Where the Global Petfood Industry does business.

August 17, 2016


Petfood Forum China 2016: Call for papers

Abstracts due by April 25, 2016

The Petfood Forum China 2016 content advisory board is seeking abstracts for noncommercial presentations, due April 25, 2016, to

Potential speakers are invited to submit abstracts on pet food and pet treat topics including:

  • Data, trends and predictions for the Chinese and global pet food markets, including pertinent retail channels such as online pet food sales and marketing;
  • Pet food ingredients, including novel ingredients, their characteristics and potential applications in pet food or treat formulations; plus ingredient considerations related to processing;
  • Pet food processing, including new research and techniques, as well as the influence of processing on various ingredients and formulations;
  • Update on the Chinese pet food regulatory environment;
  • Overview of pet food regulations in potential export markets (for Chinese pet food producers);
  • New information or ideas for marketing pet food, including via social media;
  • Information, techniques or processes for new product development in pet food. 

Petfood Forum China 2016 is scheduled for 17 August, 2016, at the World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, in conjunction with Pet Fair Asia 2016. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not sure you will be able to attend Petfood Forum China on 17 August, 2016, in Shanghai.

What to submit

An advisory board of pet food experts will evaluate all submissions for:

  • Relevance of topic, especially to the Chinese pet food market;
  • Presence of new or innovative information, concepts or research—originality is key;
  • Proposed speaker’s experience or background with the topic, as well as with the Chinese market;
  • Lack of commercialization or promotion—it is crucial that the paper/presentation does not come across as a sales pitch, seeking to promote your organization or product(s);
  • Evidence of previous speaking experience;
  • Professional photo (head shot) of the speaker: a high-resolution (at least 300 dots per inch, and at least 4x6 inches) jpg or tif file.

Because Petfood Forum China is just a one-day conference, the advisory board must be very selective. Each submission is evaluated on its own merits against the above criteria but also in relation to other papers received—for example, it is highly unlikely two papers on the same or a very similar subject would be selected for presentations—and to how many sessions are scheduled for a given topic area. We seek to present a balance of timely topics as well as ensure particular areas of high industry importance and popularity are sufficiently covered.

No abstract will be considered if it seems commercial or if it has been published or presented in the same form prior to Petfood Forum China 2016. Abstracts similar in title or content to previously presented material should include significant new information. 

Preparing and submitting your abstract

Abstracts must be written in English. Please do not submit a full paper; it should be an abstract one to a few paragraphs long. The length of the abstract is less important than the need for it to sufficiently explain the topic, its relevance to the Chinese pet food market and the presence of new information or research. The potential speaker’s expertise in or knowledge of the topic should also be clear. Finally, it is helpful to include a concise list of three to five useful “take-home points.”

We recommend organizing the body of the abstract as follows:

  • Abstract title and name of corresponding author/potential speaker;
  • The purpose of the presentation;
  • A concise list of 3-5 useful take-home points;
  • Information presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions and take-home points, plus how the topic is relevant to China and unique or based on new information.
  • A 50-100 word biography of the potential presenter. Public speaking experience must be included.
  • Address, telephone number and e-mail address of the corresponding author;
  • Please also include a professional photo (head shot) of the speaker: a high-resolution (at least 300 dots per inch, and at least 4x6 inches) jpg or tif file.

Abstracts must be received via email to no later than April 25, 2016. After this deadline, any papers submitted will be considered on a case-by-case basis. They may still be evaluated; or it may simply be too late.

After review of submissions

If your abstract is chosen for an oral presentation, you will receive a PowerPoint template to use to create your presentation, including a set range of number of slides and recommended amount of information or bullet points to include on each slide. Please use and follow this template.

Speakers will be required to sign a copyright release to permit publication of the abstract and use of all materials in other media.