International Polyolefins Conference

2022 SPE
International Polyolefins Conference,
Feb 13-16, 2022

Will be held at the Galveston Island Convention Center
overlooking the beach with restaurants and hotels within walking distance.

Galveston Island Convention Center (building in white) at The San Luis Resort

The February SPE International Polyolefin Conference will be an in-person conference using the Award winning Whova software platform to augment the in-person conference but to also make it possible for people to attend the conference virtually (on demand viewing of 80+ papers/videos to include the tutorial, virtual networking with anyone registered at the conference, Virtual Exhibitor and Sponsor booths, and participation in the Exhibitor passport contest, the photo contest, and the participation contest).  At the in-person conference there will be a Sunday afternoon tutorial, 5 Plenary talks, 80+ technical papers, two networking socials, a student poster contest, and plenty of networking.   The conference will go from Sunday afternoon to Wednesday noon.  

The papers/presentations will cover the following areas:

  • Current Trends in Markets, Technology, and Investments
  • Innovation in Polyolefin Catalysts and Process
  • Advances in Polyolefin Stabilization
  • Modifiers for Polyolefins and Compounding
  • Advances in Polymer Testing and Characterization
  • Flexible Packaging
  • Engineering Properties Driving Applications
  • Polyolefin Pipe Applications
  • Sustainability & Recycling, Including Low Carbon Processes
  • Advanced Applications

Preliminary Agenda

January 24th PDF Agenda The PDF agenda is dated showing current agenda per the date listed.

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Information and Instructions
for the 2022 SPE
International Polyolefins Conference

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AttendeeAdvanced before February 1, 2022After February 1, 2022
SPE Member$700$750
One-Day Registration, SPE Member$400$450
One-Day Registration, Non-Member$550$600
Tutorial only$150$150
Student (invited)No ChargeNo Charge
Student (not invited thru student sections, posters, scholarships)$100$100
Student Virtual$10$10
Virtual SPE Member$130$150
Virtual Non-Member$175$195
EmeritusContact Janell HeltonContact Janell Helton
Refund Charge $100 Individual Attendee Tickerts; no refunds after February 1. Cancellations must be received in writing to:
Exhibitor (in person & virtual)$3950.00$3950.00
Exhibitor (virtual only)$1000.00$1000.00
Sponsorships Contact Richard Keeler
Please contact respective chair for cancellation policy

Hotel information:

5222 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston Island, TX 77551

(855) 516-1090

Rates: $155
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Hilton Galveston Island
5400 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77551

(409) 744-5000

Rates:  $139
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Exhibitor opportunities (in-person and virtual)

Exhibit Chair: Kevin Alexander
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Sponsor opportunities (in-person and virtual)

Contact Sponsor Chair: Richard Keeler

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Student Poster Information

The South Texas Chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers is soliciting submissions for student poster presentations in conjunction with the International Conference on Polyolefins 2022. This conference typically attracts more than 700 participants which will provide an excellent opportunity to demonstrate commitment of your program and students to the global plastics community. We encourage and welcome your participation in the Student Poster Contest at the Polyolefins 2022 Conference in Galveston, TX.

The posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Technical content
  2. Relevance to the conference and/or plastics
  3. Presentation organization and appearance

Prizes will be awarded to the best entries: First prize, Second prize, Third prize, and Honorable Mention (if any). Awards will be presented during luncheon Tuesday. Awardees are required to be present to receive their awards.

Posters should adhere to the following content and format: Poster topic must concern plastics Poster topic is encouraged (but not required) to deal with polyolefins. Students who desire to present posters from universities outside of those in Texas at which the South Texas Section supports student chapters should contact Iman Bahrani to discuss arrangements. Those students will be expected to be present at the Conference. Special student registration fee will be available.

Please note: A maximum of three poster entries per school and only one poster entry per student. Presentation to be contained on one poster board or graphic poster film [most common size = 30 inches by 40 inches (76 cm x 102 cm) with the greater dimension oriented vertically].

Posters must be at the Hotel by Sunday, February 13, 2022. No posters will be accepted on Monday, February 14, 2022. If necessary, poster entries could be sent for delivery with arrival no earlier than Wednesday, February 09, 2022, and no later than Friday, February 11, 2022, to the conference hotel:

Galveston Island Convention Center
2022 International Polyolefins Conference
Attn: David Townsend
5600 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77551

Please include the following information on the package:

SPE Polyolefins Conference: 
c/o Renee Colyer
“HOLD FOR ARRIVAL” February 13, 2022.

Chair : Iman Bahrani

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Successful February 23-24, 2021 SPE International Virtual Polyolefins Conference

  • The 2021 Conference consisted of 11 live streamed Plenary Talks, with live Q&A sessions, and 3 live steamed Panel Discussions during Feb 23-24.
  • There was also be 16+ Tracks and 95+ Papers/Video Presentations (Technical papers, Tutorials, Student Posters and a New Product Showcase) which will be available on demand (like Netflix) via Whova.
  • Technical papers will be available for viewing one weeks before the conference, during the conference, and 6 months after the conference. 
  • There will be live questions and answers sessions with the speakers each afternoon of the conference.  Speakers will be posting their slide decks and video recordings of their talks on the conference website.  
  • In addition there will be Virtual Exhibitor Booths, live conversation with company representatives in the Virtual Exhibitor Booths,  a passport contest for the Exhibitor Booths, virtual networking (texting, meetups, and opportunity for video conferencing), and a photo contest


  • Current Trends in Markets, Technology, and Investments (Plenary talks)
  • Innovation in Polyolefin Catalysts and Process
  • Advances in Polyolefin Stabilization
  • Modifiers for Polyolefins
  • Advances in Polymer Testing and Characterization
  • Flexible Packaging
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers
  • Advances in Compounding
  • Polyolefin Pipe Applications
  • Sustainability & Recycling
  • Medical Applications
  • New Applications
  • New Product Showcase
  • Enhancement of functional polyolefin properties for applications

2021 Conference Plenary Speakers:

Tony Radoszewski, Plastics Industry Association, “How COVID has changed the Plastics Conversation: An Outlook for the Industry”
Dr. Manuel Rego, Specialty Catalysts, W.R. Grace, “Staying Committed to a Sustainability Agenda”
Boyd Nash-Stacey, BBVA Compass, “U.S. Economic Outlook in Post-Pandemic World”
Uday Turaga, CMR ADI-Analytics, ‘How Plastic Recycling has changed after Covid-19Dow”
Chuck Reardon, SI Group, “SI Groups’ Transformation Towards Captivating the Customer”
Dr. Atsushi Takahara, Kyushu University (Japan), “Polymer Science Approaches to Microplastic Problems”
Zach Moore, ICIS, “Changes in the Structure of US Polyolefins Markets”
Dr. Virendrakumar Gupta, Reliance Industries Limited, “Reliance Polypropylene Catalyst for Polypropylene Grades”
Dr. Peter Tsai, University of Tennessee, “Meltbown PP Electret and Its Use in Masks”
Dr. Liang Tao, Townsend Solution, “Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Petrochemical Industry: Demand forecast by PowerBI and Price Forecast by AutoML”
Victor Mwangi, Coperion, “Mega Capacities for Polyolefin Plants”

2021 Conference Tutorial on Troubleshooting Various Application Processes:

Dr. Mark Spalding, DOW Chemical, “Troubleshooting and Mitigating Gels in Polyolefin Film Products”
Dr. Greg Li, DOW Chemical, “Porosity Control in Extruded EPDM Profiles”
John Presa, DOW Chemical, “Case Studies of Blown Film Fabrication Problems and Solutions”
Paul Waller, Plastic Technology Group, “Pigments Variation in Films/Sheet Extrusion – Key Learnings”

Thank you to all of our Exhibitors, Sponsors and Participants
at the 2021 Virtual POC

The 2021 SPE International Virtual Polyolefins Conference held on Feb 23-24, 2021 was a great success. Over 760 people registered, there were 11 streamed plenary talks, 3 streamed panel discussions, 28 Exhibitors, 13 Sponsors, over 100 on demand papers (pdf and videos) available for viewing, live Q&A sessions with the authors, and lots of networking. This is the first time in the Conference history that we had an all virtual conference and it was a great success using the award winning Whova Software Platform.

2021 Conference Exhibitor List
2021 Conference Attendee List
2021 Conference Sponsor List


Conference Contacts

Conference Chair
Vassilios Galiatsatos
(937) 823-8484

Exhibit Chair: 
Kevin Alexander
(281) 701-7792

Program Chair:
Donna Davis
(409) 550-4865

Sponsor Chair:
Richard Keeler

David Hansen
(713) 248-2273

Janell Helton
(713) 503-6729