2020 Call for Papers

November 1 - 4, 2020 | Atlanta, GA

Abstract Deadline Extended to April 20th!


Understanding that there is a global focus on serious health matters at this time, the PEERS Planning Committee is extending its abstract submission deadline.

The new deadline is April 20, 2020. Should you have any questions, or if you need more information, please contact Pat Stiede at [email protected]

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PEERS will be co-located with

IBBC 2020

The abstract deadline for IBBC is April 27.  Click here for more information.

Do you have a new industry advancements and/or process improvements designed to inform, enlighten and engage both industry newcomers and long-term professionals? If so, consider speaking at PEERS 2020.


Papers accepted for inclusion in the PEERS conference are also eligible for publication in TAPPI Journal which will be Open Access in 2020.

For more information on having your work published in TAPPI Journal, visit the online submission page, or simply email [email protected].



Suggested topics include:



•    Pulping technology - process fundamentals, audits, and best practices
•    Kraft pulping yield improvement - additives or alternatives
•    Advanced process measurements, control, and best practices - wood chips and pulp
•   Managing pulp wood supply under challenges from climate change and green fuel competition
•    Fluff and dissolving pulps: improving fiberization and properties

Mill Reliability

•    Best outage execution templates
•    Best practice in operator equipment care routes and documentation systems
•    Materials selection for corrosion resistance
•    Engineering project management/capital planning
•   Fitness for service
•   Risk base inspection
•   Reliability centered maintenance

Brown Stock Washing

•    Fundamentals/best practices of pulp washing
•    On-line performance measurements
•    New washing technologies

Recovery Boilers and Evaporators

•    Boiler tube and smelt spout integrity
•    Fouling basics and sootblowing best practices
•    Process simulation and optimization
•    Monitor and control black liquor variability


•    Fundamentals/best practices of bleaching
•    Bleach cost optimizations and audits
•    On-line instrumentations and process control
•    Deposit issues and control

Lime Kiln/Caustic Plant

•    Maximize kiln production (burners, chains, external dryers, etc.)
•    Managing kiln ring formation (SOP’s, ring removal, etc.)
•    Selection and design of burners
•   Maximize causticizing efficiency
•   Detection and impacts of non-process elements


•    Deinking digital ink
•    Recycling fiber for tissue production
•    Challenges of recycling OCC and brown paper
•   Plant optimizations

Energy and Power Boiler

•    Biomass energy and alternative wood-based fuels
•    Power boiler tuning for boiler MACT implementation
•   Power plant upgrades, energy conservation and cost reduction
•    Smart sensors and controls

Nonwood Fibers

•    Harvesting and storage
•    Chemical and physical properties
•    Advances in nonwood pulping and bleaching technology
•   Applications and handling of nonwood fibers and co-product streams


•    Innovations in air, water, solid waste, and chemical management and treatment
•    Regulatory updates and management approaches
•    Integration of environmental issues into the business
•    Carbon footprinting and life cycle analysis

Biorefinery Track (part of IBBC)

•    Developments in biomass crops, harvesting and storage
•   Bio-based polymers and bioproducts technologies
•    Market usage for lignin-based and cellulose-based products
•    Thermochemical and biochemical conversion technologies
•    Alternate feedstock options – forest residue, sludge, black liquor
•    Use of pretreatments for biorefinery pulping

PEERS 2020 Call for Papers
Download the Call for Papers
Abstracts deadline extended to April 20, 2020.
Link to upload: Speaker Management System

A Competition for Students and
Young Professionals

Are you a student, graduate student or young professional who’s recently joined the pulp and paper or allied industry?

Have you successfully conducted research, implemented a project or have an idea for a project that sustainably drives our industry forward?

We’re soliciting abstracts on topics for innovative solutions to compete in a poster session refereed by industry experts. Examples include but are not limited to process improvements in consumption of energy, water and raw materials or the creation new sustainable products.

Student research, senior design or internship projects are also welcome.

Poster Abstracts deadline extended to April 27, 2020.
Link to Upload: Speaker Management System

• Abstract Deadline Extended to April 20, 2020
• Poster Abstract Deadline Extended to April 27, 2020
• Notification of Acceptance – TBD
• Papers Due to Session Chairs – July 13, 2020
• Final Papers Due to TAPPI – September 7, 2020
• Presentations Due to Session Chairs – September 7, 2020
• Final Presentations Due to TAPPI – October 2, 2020