WASHINGTON — The American Coatings Association (ACA) is seeking submission of abstracts for its 2021 CoatingsTech Conference. Current plans are for an in-person or virtual conference that will occur April 19-21, 2021. This biennial conference features a multi-track forum, industry awards, and presentation opportunities for both industry professionals and students, and will follow the theme, “Essential Coatings Technology: Supporting Tomorrow’s Sustainable Development Challenges Today.” Abstracts will be accepted through Oct. 15, 2020.

The 2021 CoatingsTech Conference offers industry experts — including coatings manufacturers, their suppliers, universities and government representatives — a forum to share new research and pursue continuing education and skills development. In addition to technology-focused sessions, the conference will also address regulatory and legislative developments impacting manufacturing, product innovation and sustainability. Conference sessions will be categorized to provide attendees with an opportunity to focus on individual interests and specialization.

Those submitting abstracts for consideration should know that, if accepted, they will be expected to provide their full paper and make a presentation, either in person, online, or via a pre-recorded video. Papers on the following topics are being sought and will be considered: advances in analytical technology; application/manufacturing/processing equipment; architectural coatings; biocidal control, including preservation, surface protection, antifouling, and advanced pathogen control products; corrosion and adhesion; infrastructure improvement coatings; functional coatings; high throughput; nanotechnology; novel waterborne materials; powder coatings advancements; protective coatings; pigments and additives; renewable/ bio-based coatings; transportation coatings; weathering/durability; wood coatings; health, safety, environmental and sustainability-related measurement; VOC-, HAPs- and IAQ-control strategies; lifecycle assessments; hazard communication and labeling; life safety engineering; and waste minimization.

Abstract submission guidelines and additional pertinent information, including other deadlines, are available at https://www.paint.org/aca-events/coatings-tech-conference/2021-cfp/. For more information about the conference, visit https://www.paint.org/aca-events/coatings-tech-conference or contact ACA’s Steve Sides, Vice President of Global Affairs and Chief Science Officer, at ssides@paint.org or 202/462.8731.