Pittcon® is the largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science. This “must-attend” event offers an extensive technical and educational program conducted by world-renowned scientists presenting recent discoveries and scientific advances combined with a diverse, innovative display of product and technology solutions from leading companies.
We are very excited to host Pittcon (March 17–21, 2013), for the first time, in the great city of Philadelphia, the world’s fifth largest economy. Philadelphia is the center of it all, with one of the top life science clusters in the nation including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, R&D, medical devices, and supporting industries. The Philadelphia International Airport is only eight miles from Center City, a 20-minute rail ride, and offers 28 airlines and 1200 flights. The only thing easier than getting to Philadelphia is getting around once you’re there.
The premier Exposition opens on Monday, March 18, and will feature the latest instrumentation, equipment, and laboratory supplies from exhibitors from around the world. The Exposition floor will be a productive hub of activity with exhibitors offering solutions to laboratory challenges, product demonstrations, seminars, discounts, contests, giveaways, and Q&A sessions with technical personnel. Pittcon is the perfect venue to compare and evaluate a wide variety of products and services. This will be the place to take the time to talk one-on-one with vendors to discuss goals, needs, problems, or results. There will be several special areas on the floor such as the New Exhibitor, Life Science, and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), and the international pavilions for Japan and Germany.
The Technical Program begins on Sunday, March 17, and includes the Wallace H. Coulter Plenary Lecture, “Exameter Objects to Nanometer Ones and Back Again,” presented by Nobel Laureate Sir Harold Kroto, Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry, Florida State University (Tallahassee). The lecture is followed immediately by a complimentary mixer. The week-long program, consisting of symposia, contributed sessions, workshops, awards, and posters, will focus on methodologies used in applications including, but not limited to, environmental, life science, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical, forensics, biofuels, and an area of special interest for this year, energy and shale gas. The diverse program incorporates an international perspective with various sessions presented by the Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA), Royal Society of Chemistry, International Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Analitica Latin America, and the Japan Analytical Instruments Manufacturers Association. Other co-programming includes presentations from the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry, Association of Lab Managers, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Coblenz Society, Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry.
An additional program highlight will be the keynote presentation, “How The Higgs Boson Saved Us From A Cold, Dark, Lifeless Universe,” delivered by Michael Barnettt of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA).
Another significant educational opportunity at Pittcon will be the affordable Short Courses, which include more than 100 classes, 65 of which are new titles this year. Courses offer an excellent way to enhance professional development, understand current industry trends, and prepare for today’s laboratory challenges in a rapidly changing environment. The classes range from ½ day to 2 days for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels—all taught by professionals who are experts in their fields. The topics covered include career development, energy, food science, green chemistry, nanotechnology, leadership, patents, pharmaceuticals, polymers, and regulatory issues—to name a few.
Pittcon continues to be noted for being an exceptional networking event. It affords a once-a-year chance to meet face-to-face to share, discuss, and collaborate with colleagues from 90 countries. Conferee Networking, two-hour sessions on predetermined topics, provide an informal setting for attendees with similar interests to meet, resolve problems, and brainstorm new concepts. This year, there will be 42 facilitated sessions during Conference week. These unique networking opportunities begin on Sunday and run through Wednesday afternoon and cover discussion topics in areas such as bioanalytics, environmental science, fuels/energy/petrochemicals, genomics, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and many more.
For those interested in networking for career opportunities, the Employment Bureau is an onsite service that helps to connect potential candidates with available employment. Interviews can be conducted during conference week, and preregistration is required. Postings are suitable for the new entrant in the job market as well as the seasoned professional.
Conferees with mobile devices have access to the Pittcon 2013 Mobile App, which is available for free download in the App Store and Android Market. The app serves as an all-in-one event guide containing all the information and details about the Exposition, Technical Program, and Short Courses, as well as a networking tool before, during, and after the event. Features include the ability to create a custom agenda; receive reminders and updates; search, filter, and find; take notes and send by e-mail; and exchange contact information.
Come experience the power of innovation and register to attend Pittcon 2013 for the low price of only $130 before February 18, 2013 ($260 after February 18). This small investment gives a conferee unlimited week-long access to the exhibit hall, the Technical Sessions, and all amenities. There are discounts available for students, groups from the same company, and those who take three or more paid Short Courses.
Complete, current listings and corresponding details for the Exposition, Technical Program, Short Courses, and registration are available at www.pittcon.org.
Finally, the best tool to use for booking travel and housing arrangements is our official Pittcon travel planner, PittconHousing. com, which offers certain advantages over any other agency. There are 10,000 hotel rooms all within easy walking distance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
So register now, book your travel, and we’ll save you a space in the center of it all—Pittcon in Philadelphia, March 17–21, 2013!
President, Pittcon 2013