IIAR Technical Paper, Workshop, and Panel Information

Technical Papers

Technical papers should explore technical or regulatory topics that are substantiated by original research with documented references.  Case studies should describe actual situations where actions, testing, or data accumulation are used to prove or demonstrate the outcome of applied methods and could be reasonably applied to other similar situations. Promotion of products or companies (commercialism) is prohibited. IIAR recognizes that new technologies are often offered by only one or a few companies. In these cases, it might be obvious that a method or technology is unique to a company. However, authors must strive to describe the method or technology based on a neutral analysis.

IIAR Technical Papers are peer reviewed technical documents which are professionally edited, published and distributed to IIAR Conference attendees at the show in which they are presented.  After they are published, IIAR Technical Papers are made available through the IIAR eLibrary as a technical resource for the industry.  IIAR offers one complimentary conference registration per technical paper to the primary author. The primary author of the highest rated technical paper presentation during the conference will receive the IIAR Award for Presentation Excellence.  

Authors work as part of a team that includes IIAR staff, peer reviewers, professional editors, and layout and printing specialists. An important element of your commitment to authoring a technical paper is providing your draft and graphics in forms and styles that require the least amount of modification in preparation for printing the proceedings. It is also important that each author meet the deadline and for each draft. Your cooperation in meeting the draft deadlines using the guidelines, is crucial for your paper to appear in the conference proceedings.

If you are interested, please use the online submission form link shown below for the Technical papers. The form will allow you to select “Technical paper”, “Workshop”, or "Panel". You may also contact Eric Smith, IIAR Vice President and Technical Director at [email protected].

Workshop Presentations

Technical paper presentations are the preferred method of technical content delivery for the IIAR annual conference because these result in a written document useful as a technical resource on the use of natural refrigerants. However IIAR does provide the opportunity to present a workshop as well. Workshops are presentations that do not include a peer reviewed technical paper, and are therefore mainly of value to one who can attend or view the presentation because the power-point presentation, when read alone, does not often provide the necessary detail without the speakers comments. Workshops are an important part of the IIAR Annual conference educational opportunities. 

Workshops, like technical papers, are not commercial and one providing a workshop presentation should follow the Commercialism policy of the Technical papers.  Also IIAR now typically records the voice and power-point presentations of workshops during the conference, and therefore members can view these workshop presentations even if not able to attend the conference. Often, workshops are developed when a technical paper submission does not meet the criteria to become a technical paper presentation. In these instances, IIAR will either ask the presenter to resubmit for the next year's meeting or develop their content into a workshop. But workshops are a great option for idea and information sharing in a non-commercial way for those not able to devote the time to a Technical paper and the peer review process. 

Workshop presentations will be reviewed by IIAR to confirm that the commercialization policy is followed. Workshops are not eligible for the IIAR Award for Presentation Excellence. If you would prefer to produce a workshop instead of a technical paper presentation, please use the online submission form link shown below for the Technical papers. The form will allow you to select “Technical paper”, “Workshop”, or "Panel". You may also contact Eric Smith, IIAR Vice President and Technical Director at [email protected].

Panel Presentations

Panel Sessions assemble a group of subject matter experts to present and discuss topics that are pertinent to the industry and are an important part of IIAR’s annual conference.  Panels sessions have focused on research, regulatory and code aspects, and various technical aspects of the natural refrigeration industry.  The assembly of a panel provides the opportunity to broaden both the range and depth that can be provided during a session and enables discussion of varying viewpoints. A panel session will generally consist of each panelist presenting some aspect of a selected topic and then the entire panel fielding questions and viewpoints that arise from the discussions.  Like workshops, the best way to experience a panel is in person, where questions or observations can be made directly to both the panelists and the audience. Like workshops or technical paper presentations, panel presentations and the presenters must be non-commercial in nature.

If you have an idea for a panel, please use the online submission form link shown below for the Technical papers. The form will allow you to select “Technical paper”, “Workshop”, or "Panel". You may also contact Eric Smith, IIAR Vice President and Technical Director at [email protected].

Technical Presentation Guidelines and Policy

Technical Paper Guidelines
Peer Review Process
Editorial Guidelines
Oral Presentation
Commercialism Policy
Copyright Policy
Technical Paper Schedule
Advice for Authors

Note:  Presentations must be non-commercial in nature.  In their essence, they are meant to be developed as technical resources to be used by the natural refrigeration industry as references to substantiated research and development of original topics.  If you would like to promote products or services at the IIAR conference, you may do so by either a) sponsoring b) exhibiting or c) presenting a Technomercial/product services showcase.  Product Showcase presentations are only available to IIAR exhibitors. If you have any questions regarding these opportunities please contact Yesenia Rector at [email protected].

How to Submit a Conference Session Proposal 

Proposals to present a technical paper, workshop, panel, or other program element during the IIAR Natural Refrigeration Conference & Expo must include:   

  • Contact information including; names, addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses for each author
  • 150-200 word abstract
  • 50-75 word summary of the practical application
  • 100 word biographical paragraph for each author 
  • Author photo
  • Signed copyright release form.


  Online Submission Form