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ISA’s 2016 Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division Symposium
issues Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission deadline is 30 November 2015

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (09 November 2015)— The 2016 ISA Food and Pharmaceutical industries (FPID) Symposium has issued a Call for Abstracts,  inviting innovators, thought leaders and other professionals involved in automating food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the conference.

To be held 14-15 March in beautiful Cork, Ireland, the 2016 meeting will be the first ISA FPID symposium situated outside of North America. The unique gathering will explore how automation can help address critical challenges—relating to regulatory requirements, manufacturing costs, security threats and other concerns—within the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Special attention will examine the role of automation technology and innovation in meeting longer-term global dynamics and demands.

Well-renowned speakers and presenters will illuminate the latest developments, trends and projections, and provide case studies demonstrating real-world successes. New strategies, products and techniques in control, optimization, measurement and serialization will be introduced.

Government officials have been invited to deliver updates and provide clarity on regulatory requirements. A range of panel discussions and sessions will deliver the varied perspectives of experts, suppliers and end users.

The year 2016 is a special year in Irish history as it marks the centenary of the rebellion which led to Ireland’s self-government some six years later. Many events are planned throughout the country. In addition, the FPID Symposium will be conducted only days before the Irish national holiday of St Patrick’s Day.

Prospective presenters are invited to submit original contributions on all aspects of automation including—but not limited to—the following topics. Emphasis should be on practical contributions rather than theoretical presentations.

  • Cybersecurity
  • Sustainable processing
  • Data integrity
  • Alarm management
  • Industrial Internet of Things 
  • Usage of cloud for automation
  • Instrumentation: calibration, wireless
  • Batch management & MES
  • ISA standards
  • Process optimization
  • Serialization/ Track and Trace
  • Energy/ waste management
  • Process control
  • Paperless automation
  • Manufacturing regulations


Abstract submissions are due by 30 November 2015. For submission information, click here. Please express your interest in making a presentation to John Murphy ( or Alan Bateman (

Important dates:

  • Abstract submissions due: 30 November 2015
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: 4 December 2015
  • Title, abstracts, bios, and picture: 11 December 2015
  • Draft papers and presentations due: 18 December 2015
  • Feedback sent to authors: 11 January 2016
  • Final papers and presentations due: 19 February 2016
  • FPID Symposium: 14-15 March 2016


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#FPID16, #ISAuto

Editorial contacts:

Declan F. Lordan
ISA Ireland
P.O. Box 203
Togher Mail Centre
Cork, Ireland
Phone (mobile): +353 87 2510501

Rodney Jones
The International Society of Automation
67 T.W. Alexander Drive
PO Box 12277
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: (919) 549-8411      
Fax: (919) 549-8288

About ISA

The International Society of Automation ( is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 36,000 members and 350,000 customers around the world.

ISA owns, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (, an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute ( and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (