The selected technical papers will be shortlisted from all of the submitted technical abstracts, against strict criteria.

“It is our aim to continuously maintain and improve the quality of the technical content at Euro PM events, and the introduction of the EPMA Keynote Paper Award is part of this objective,” said Kate Blackbourne, congress manager.

When the EPMA technical programme committee meets in March 2013, it will shortlist a selection of submitted abstracts, of which five will go on to earn Keynote status at Euro PM2013. Each Keynote paper will receive a 30- minute slot for their presentation at the beginning of the relevant session, and the paper will be published in the International Journal of Powder Metallurgy.

For a paper to be considered for the EPMA Keynote Paper Award, it should report original research or review a topic of interest to the PM community. It must not have been published, or be under consideration for publication, elsewhere.

The final day for submitting abstracts, via the Euro PM2013 website, is 6 February 2013.