Contrary to what its name might indicate, the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon 2016) will be held in Atlanta this year. The first 18 conferences were held in Pittsburgh, but  it developed into a national conference that outgrew the conference spaces available in the city.

Pittcon 2016The exposition will feature 848 exhibitors displaying products and services used by the scientific community in industrial, academic, and government labs, and 119 will be at the event for the first time. About a quarter of the companies are from 27 countries outside the U.S.

Innovations will cover areas such as analytical chemistry, drug discovery, nanotechnology, forensics, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, food analysis and safety, environmental science, energy and fuel, and water and wastewater analysis.

Also at the event, more than 2,000 technical presentations will cover a variety of methodologies and applications in the industry.

New this year, companies will conduct 20-minute live demos in two areas on the expo floor Monday through Wednesday. Industry experts will teach half and full day short courses throughout the week as well. Full descriptions of the more than 100 courses on more than 60 topics are available on the Pittcon website.

W. E. Moerner will deliver the Wallace H. Coulter Lecture March 6 on “How Optical Single-Molecule Detection in Solids Led to Super-Resolution Nanoscopy in Cells and Beyond,” and Eric Betzig will give the Waters Symposium on “Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution” on March 7.

Awards will be presented throughout the event. The Pittcon Heritage Award will go to Kenji Kazato and Kzuo Ito, founders of Japan Electron Optics Laboratory Company. They led the post-World War II effort in Japan to build the electron microscope DA-1 and led their company through advances in the development of SEM and other scientific instruments.

Other award recipients include: Sanford A. Asher, University of Pittsburgh; Stephen Weber,  Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley Dal Nogare Award; Milton L. Lee, The LCGC Lifetime Achievement in Chromatography Award; David R. Walt, Ralph N. Adams Award; Jürgen Popp, Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award; Jared L. Anderson, Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award; Matthew Miller, Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigator in Separation Sciences; Shaul Mukamel, The Coblentz Society/ABB – Pittcon 2016Bomem-Michelson Award; Drouet Warren Vidrine, The Coblentz Society – Williams-Wright Award; Debby Mangelings, The LCGC Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award; Reginald Penner, SEAC – Charles N. Reilley Award; Ryan White, Ryan White; and Gerardo Gamexz and Lara Lobo Revilla, RSC – JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship Award.

Proceeds from Pittcon fund science education and outreach for all ages, including science equipment grants, research grants, scholarships and internships for students, and awards for teachers and professors.