First Time in Philadelphia is a Success for Pittcon 2013
27 Mar 2013

The Pittcon 2013 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce a successful event for the first time in Philadelphia with more than 18,000 attendees, 1,011 exhibiting companies from 28 countries, co-location of Food Labs Conference in conjunction with Pittcon and a robust technical program.

Pittcon 2013, the 64th Conference and Exposition for Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, ended today. This global event brought together more than 18,000 attendees; 40% of which attended the Conference for the first time. New this year, was the partnership between Pittcon and Innovative Publishing, publishers of Food Safety Tech and organizers of Food Labs Conference. This strategic partnership led to the co-location of Food Labs Conference to be held in conjunction with Pittcon. The organizers of both events were pleased with their first-year success and are looking forward to expanding the relationship.

Pittcon 2013 President Ronald Bargiel was very positive about the overall results of this two-day conference and commented, "The food industry is one of Pittcon's top industries for growth. We are excited about this newly formed partnership with Food Safety Tech and look forward to working jointly to increase Pittcon's presence in the food industry."

Rick Biros, president of Innovative Publishing and publisher of Food Safety Tech added, "Co-locating with Pittcon makes perfect sense for everyone. This partnership makes it possible for food industry lab managers to significantly benefit from the first conference [Food Labs] focused on their needs along with having access to thousands of laboratory technology suppliers at Pittcon-All under one roof."

Global Attendance Remains Strong
Pittcon has always had a strong global presence, and 2013 was no exception with 28% of attendees being from outside the United States; top countries by attendance were Canada, China, United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil. Attendees include lab managers, scientists, chemists, researchers and professors, from industrial, academic, and government labs. They represent an equally broad number of scientific disciplines including life science, food science, drug discovery, environmental, forensics, nanotechnology, water/wastewater, energy/fuel, agriculture and bioterrorism.

The dynamic exposition floor consisted of 1,011 exhibitors from 28 countries occupying 1,925 booths displaying the latest innovations in instrumentation and technology used in laboratory science. This year, we welcomed 167 first-time exhibitors. There were three specialized areas on the floor -Life Science, Laboratory Information Management (LIMS) and New Exhibitors.

Key decision makers attending the conference account for 80% of the attendees who rely on the exposition to identify or finalize the purchase of laboratory products for their organizations. Ken Grant, director of sales and marketing for Analtech commented, "We have been exhibiting at Pittcon for decades. . .every year, the experience gets better and better. . . not just the quantity, but in quality of interactions."

Robust Technical Program Offers Multiple Educational Opportunities
Pittcon offered more than 2,000 technical sessions presented in 78 symposia, 12 awards, 93 oral sessions, 12 workshops and 62 posters. Approximately 40% of the presentations focused on life science topics.

In 2012, The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation signed an agreement under which the Conference has received an endowment to undertake educational training and development in laboratory sciences with special emphasis in resource limited countries worldwide. Therefore, we have renamed our plenary and keynote lecture in honor of Wallace H. Coulter.

Former Pittcon President Jon Peace stated, "We were very honored to be the recipients of this grant. Mr. Coulter's passions were the application of engineering principles to scientific research and embracing the diversity of world cultures which are consistent with our mission and the international impact of the Conference. He added, "We strongly believe that this [grant] will go a long way to perpetuate quality programming at Pittcon."

The Foundation's Vice President of Technology Development, Elias Caro, commented, "We chose to make this gift to Pittcon because of its excellent educational programs and worldwide leadership, two passions that Wallace Coulter embraced during his remarkable career. We hope that this funding will jump start programs that improve laboratory science in the developing world, continuing Wallace Coulter's efforts to advance the collective knowledge."

The Wallace H. Coulter Plenary Lecture, presented by Nobel Laureate Sir Harry Kroto, was attended to a capacity audience followed by a complimentary mixer. The Wallace H. Coulter Keynote speaker, R. Barnett, discussed his research and findings on the Large Hadron Collider and the experiments and nature of the Higgs boson.

The 42 Conferee Networking sessions provided a unique opportunity for conferees from around the world to meet in an informal setting to discuss topics of mutual interest. The facilitator-assisted sessions discuss techniques, solutions to challenges and innovative concepts. One of the highlights of these sessions was "The Future of Marcellus Shale" with Michael Krancer, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.

The Short Course program offered an opportunity for skill-building training and continuing education for laboratory professionals. Participants have stated that these courses are another factor in selecting Pittcon as the one conference they attend every year. This year, 100 short courses were offered covering a wide variety of topics with a special emphasis on nanotechnology specifically nanomaterials, health/safety, and nanotechnology in life science. Lab management courses are a significant part of the program and provide critical insight into the interpretation of the requirements of regulatory aspects, global guidelines, and laboratory standards.

The diverse selections, ranging from beginning to advanced levels, were attended by more than 1,400 participants.

The 2013 Short Course Chairman Heather Juzwa remarked, "Short Courses play an important role in the Pittcon experience for our attendees. Our courses help laboratory personnel to understand current industry trends, prepare them for the challenges of changing environments, and assist with achieving educational and developmental career goals."

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