Most readers of LCGC are no doubt familiar with the debate that has been going on within the field of analytical chemistry concerning the conference industry. Are in-person events becoming less popular? Will budget-tightening impact attendance significantly in 2010? And so on. While there is certainly some validity to the theory that in-person meetings in general are not as business-critical as they once were, to get an idea of how the staff of LCGC feels about this debate, one has only to look at the schedule of events we have planned for Pittcon 2010, set to run from February 28 to March 5 in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.