Breaking with the tradition of invite-only, the organiser of Furnace Solutions has made a call for speakers in order to increase the variety of topics and presenters.

It requires a 20 to 30 minute presentation supported by PowerPoint slides that will be made available to attendees later. Anyone interested should provide a short abstract by the end of 1 December to Christine christine@sgt.org or neilsimpsonfsgt@btinternet.com.

All presenters, who are not part of the Melting Technical Committee (MTC), will be eligible for The Michael Garvey Award - for the day's best presentation.

The recipient of the award is decided by members of the MTC present on the day. The 2014 FS9 Garvey Award went to Erik Muijsenberg for his presentation titled “Complete model-based control of glass production.”

Part of the success of these events is due to the many sponsors of the events. In 2014 these included Tecoglas, Eclipse Combustion Systems, Guardian Industries, Calumite, Parkinson Spencer Refractories, Global Combustion System Ltd, IRE, Lucideon, BOC, IOM3, DSF Refractories and Fives Stein.

Further information on the event is available at http://www.furnacesolutions.co.uk/