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A look at what's in store for chromatographers at Pittcon 2014, which will be held at McCormick Place South, Chicago, USA, from 2–6 March 2014.
Pittcon 2014 will offer the opportunity to engage with new products and services from instrument vendors, participate in a diverse educational technical programme, and engage with colleagues from around the world in the one place. The conference will be held from 2–6 March 2014 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, USA.
Pittcon is held annually and offers attendees the chance to explore, evaluate, and compare the latest analytical and ancillary equipment from leading companies. It is estimated that approximately 50% of exhibitors launch new products and technologies at the event, giving visitors a first-hand opportunity to find out about the latest developments. Technical experts will be on hand to give advice on critical issues and solutions, as well as offering live product demonstrations. There will be an opportunity to attend exhibitor seminars that provide valuable insight into functionality and applications. Several speciality areas will be open on the floor including: The New Exhibitor and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMSs) sections along with the Japanese and German pavilions.
A key feature of the conference is the diverse technical programme. Beginning on Sunday 2 March, the programme features symposia, contributed and oral sessions, workshops, awards, and posters presented by world-renowned speakers. The opening session will feature the Wallace H. Coulter Plenary Lecture, "Quantitative Proteomics in Biology, Chemistry, and Medicine", presented by Steven A. Carr, director of proteomics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (Massachusetts, USA). Carr will discuss the new era of quantitative biology that has been enabled by mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomic technologies. Other highlights of interest are:
An important feature of Pittcon is to recognize and honour the achievements of scientists who have made outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy. The Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley Dal Nogare Award will be presented to Mary J. Wirth, Purdue University (Indiana, USA). An awardee is chosen on the basis of his or her contributions to the fundamental understanding of the chromatographic process. Featured within this particular prize presentation session will be the following presentations:
Another important aspect of Pittcon 2014 is the short course programme. Short courses are affordable and are suitable for the seasoned professional, the recent graduate, or the researcher interested in learning a new skill set. More than 70 courses are available covering a range of subjects relevant to chromatographers. Taught by leading field experts, there are courses ranging from beginner to advanced levels in half-, one-, or two-day sessions. The following is a sample of the short courses on offer:
The ability to network face-to-face has always been one of the major benefits of investing the time and cost of travel to attend Pittcon. Conferee networking sessions are one of the ways that attendees with similar interests are brought together to discuss new techniques, resolve problems, and brainstorm new ideas. These 2 h sessions are included in the cost of registration and cover topics such as analytical tools, laboratory management, and techniques used in different applications.
At first glance, Pittcon can seem a bit overwhelming. The free Pittcon 2014 mobile application will help iOS and Android device users to organize schedules, technical sessions, networking sessions, short courses, search exhibitor listings, and find Chicago restaurants and entertainment. The tool is available to use before, during, and after the event.
This year's conference and exposition will attract members of the scientific community from industry, academia, and government — all to one place — for one exciting, productive week filled with discovery, innovation, and education. Registration is $150 before 10 February ($300 after this date) and includes unlimited, week-long access to all events and facilities.
Contact: Marian Nardozzi
Location: McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Tel: +1 412 825 3220 ext: 203
Fax: +1 412 825 3224