The Pittsburgh Conference announced its annual Call for Topics for Conferee Networking Sessions for Pittcon 2013, which will be held March 17-21, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The submission deadline is August 1, 2012.
Suggestions for topics and facilitators may only be submitted electronically through the Conferee Networking section of the Pittcon website. The Pittcon Conferee Networking Committee will review the submitted topics, and selections will be completed by early September. Final session topics will be posted to the website in October.
Conferee Networking Sessions, free to all registered attendees, provide an informal venue for a small group of 15 to 25 participants to openly discuss topics of mutual interest or solve problems specific to certain instrumentation or procedures.
There will be a total of 28 different facilitated sessions during Conference week; 4 on Sunday, and 8 each day, Monday through Wednesday. Any topic within chemicals, analytical chemistry, analytical instrumentation, laws and regulations, and environmental issues are welcome. There is a special interest in any topics relating to energy and shale gas.
When asked about the value of these sessions, Conferee Networking committee member Fu-Tyan Lin commented, "These [sessions] serve as a unique opportunity for Pittcon conferees to network with colleagues from around the world
Co-chair Fu-Mei Lin added, "Many times we have seen the discussions continue long after the conference has ended, and these newly formed relationships become valuable scientific resources for participants.