Operation Instrumentation: Pittcon 2019
Pittcon 2019 organizers promise an exceptional line-up of speakers, a bustling exhibit hall, extensive networking opportunities, professional development courses, after-hours events, and more.
Pittcon 2019 will be held from March 17-21 in Philadelphia, Pa., at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Event organizers promise an exceptional line-up of speakers—including Nobel Laureates—a bustling exhibit hall, extensive networking opportunities, professional development courses, after-hours events, and more.
Technical Program and Lectures
The technical program for Pittcon 2019 will run March 17-21. More than 2,000 sessions will highlight the latest research and developments in laboratory instrumentation from leading global scientists.
Fraser Stoddart, Ph.D., recipient of a 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will deliver the 2019 Wallace H. Coulter Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 18. Discussing “Serendipity Stokes Discovery: Disrupting Established Industries,” Stoddart works in the area of supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology. He has developed highly efficient syntheses of mechanically interlocked molecular architectures such as molecular Borromean rings, catenanes, and roxtaxanes using molecular recognition and molecular self-assembly processes.
“In the decades to come, the advent of artificial molecular motors will impact our daily lives at work and at play, in sickness and in health, in much the same way as have electric motors during the past couple of centuries since their invention,” said Stoddart.
Fenella France, chief of the Preservation Research and Testing Division at the Library of Congress, will deliver the 2019 Plenary Lecture entitled “Preserving and Revealing History—Challenges of a Cultural Heritage Scientist” at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. France researches non-destructive imaging techniques and the prevention of environmental degradation to collections.
“Something people don’t often think about with our cultural heritage is that when it’s gone, it’s gone, and we can’t bring it back,” said France. “And often the original documents and objects survive despite what is done to them. Well, actually, some of our new technologies have reversed that and recovering hidden and redacted text and information is a really exciting part of what we do. It’s becoming more imperative to look at all the ways we can use scientific data to recover information and make it available in the digital form because sadly, natural disasters and all the conflict zones around the world have led to heartbreaking losses of cultural heritage. Knowing that I am preserving these items for future generations makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
The 30th James L. Waters Symposium will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18. Focusing on “Ultra High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (UHPLC),” the symposium will feature speakers including James Jorgenson, Kenan distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina; Ed Bouvier, principal consultant at Waters Corp.; William E. Barber, Ph.D., most recently the director of R&D with Agilent Technologies (retired); Peter W. Carr, Ph.D., professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota; and Christopher J. Welch, director of the Indiana Consortium for Analytical Science & Engineering (ICASE).
The three-day exposition at Pittcon 2019 will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 19-21. Attendees will have the opportunity to get a hands-on look at the latest laboratory instrumentation, participate in live demos and product seminars, speak with technical experts, and find solutions to a broad range of laboratory challenges.
In the middle of the expo floor, Pittcon Park will offer dining and meeting places, as well as several activities for attendees. Nexus Theatres will offer interactive presentations sharing research and ideas on how to make labs more productive, while the Lab Gauntlet will give attendees the opportunity to test their skills on a variety of fun but challenging lab activities. Expo Mixers will be held March 20-21 from 1-3 p.m., and the Demo Zone will feature two areas where attendees can participate in 20-min interactive product demonstrations. Additional events will include Virtual Reality Experiences and LEGO® Gravity Car Racing.
Pittcon 2019 will feature extensive short course offerings, networking sessions and social events, as well as opportunities for job seekers and companies looking to hire personnel. (Additional cost and registration applies for many of these events.) More than 100 short courses will be held from March 16-21 on topics such as atomic spectroscopy, biomedical engineering, mass spectrometry, and many more.
Approximately 35 networking sessions of approximately 90 min have been developed to provide attendees with similar interests the opportunity to meet in an informal setting. Networking sessions will be held March 18-21; a sampling of sessions includes: Fostering Research at Undergraduate Institutions, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ+) or Questioning and Allies in Measurement Sciences, How to Leverage Social Media and Modern Marketing Tools to Spread the Word About Your Research and Solutions, Face to Face Discussions with National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Directors, Startup/Small Company Analytical Lab, Reference Materials Discussion Forum, Barriers and Misconceptions Concerning Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, and many more.
Pub Pittcon Happy Hour will be open for relaxation and networking 5:30-8 p.m. during the Sunday Welcome Reception and Poster Session and after the Coulter and Planetary lectures. In addition, dining events and fun activities will be held at various local restaurants, arcades, and breweries throughout the event.
The complimentary Pittcon Employment Bureau services matches job candidates and potential employers based on qualifications and position requirements. Not a traditional career fair, the Employment Bureau facilitates on-site face-to-face interviews with candidates at the request of employers.
For registration and additional details, visit www.pittcon.org.