ACA Announces Call for Papers: 2021 CoatingsTech Conference


Washington, D.C., Aug. 3, 2020 —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.

NOTE: 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.

Paper Topics

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 / 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
    • Waste Minimization

Abstract submission guidelines and additional pertinent information, including other deadlines, are available at For more information about the conference, visit

The American Coatings Association (ACA) is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. The organization represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals. ACA serves as an advocate and ally for members on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues, and provides forums for the advancement and promotion of the industry through educational and professional development services.

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