Call for Participation

ILTA’s 39th Annual International Operating Conference and Trade Show will take place on June 3-5, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis Houston hotel and George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. The 2019 Call for Participation for this event will open in late summer 2018.

Abstracts will be evaluated in terms of importance/relevance to terminal companies, knowledge and experience of the speaker, and originality. Presentations that include a customer/terminal company representative who can share their experiences from an operator's perspective are preferred. Promotional sales/marketing presentations will not be considered.

ILTA's 2019 Abstract Submission Form along with additional instructions and submission information will be posted to ILTA's website once the Call for Participation opens. In the interim, please email ILTA at papers@ilta.org with any questions.


Scope of Sessions

  • Terminal Operator Case Studies
  • Industry Best Practices
  • Products and Transfer Operations
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Project Management
  • Construction and Design   
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Air Emissions and Permitting
  • Risk Assessment/Management
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Worker Safety/Injury and Illness Prevention
  • Process Safety
  • Facility Security
  • Cybersecurity Incidents and Best Practices for Safeguarding Against Threats
  • International Industry Standards
  • U.S. Regulations and Compliance Issues
  • Market Forecast on Liquid Storage Industry Growth & Development
  • State of Global Infrastructure & Storage Capacity
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Personnel Management
  • Human Resources Best Practices
  • Leadership Recruitment and Development
  • Business Ethics


Attendee Demographics

  • Owners & Operators of Aboveground Liquid Storage Tanks
  • Corporate Executives & Managing Directors of Petroleum and Chemical Companies
  • Business Development & Procurement Directors
  • Terminal Facility Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Professional Engineers
  • Maintenance Supervisors
  • HSE Professionals
  • Security Specialists
  • Compliance Managers
  • Terminal Industry Consultants


Speaker Compensation

No royalties, honoraria, reimbursement of expenses, or other monetary compensation will be provided by ILTA in connection with the program unless an individual is hired under contract by ILTA.

Speakers will have many opportunities to meet and network with terminal company employees and industry suppliers throughout the event as all individuals selected to participate as a speaker and/or training instructor receive a complimentary full conference registration. This provides access to all scheduled conference events, including the featured speaker luncheon and reception on Monday, the safety awards breakfast and keynote luncheon on Tuesday, and all breakout sessions. It also grants entry to the trade show, the poolside reception for event attendees and exhibitors on Tuesday, and the Trade Show Symposium on Wednesday. 

For additional information, or questions relating to ILTA’s abstract submission process, please call ILTA at +1-703-875-2011.