Starting 16 March, Pittcon 2013 will open its doors in Philadelphia, PA. Traditionally Pittcon attracts more visitors when its venue lies in the north eastern states of the US. The restored Pennsylvania convention center now is big enough for hosting the world’s most important conference on laboratory instrumentation. Like every year you have the opportunity to meet all manufacturers and experts in the field at one place. And – it’s a nice place. Philadelphia alone is worth a visit. With Pittcon on top, there is no excuse to be elsewhere from March 16th to 21st. Like in the past, the G.I.T. Laboratory Journal had an interview with Ron Bargiel, Pittcon’s President in 2013, to give you an impression on the reasons why you should visit Philadelphia in March. We hope to meet you there!
G.I.T. Laboratory Journal: Pittcon is a non-profit organization. What are the projects you plan to support with the revenues of Pittcon 2013?
Ron Bargiel: Each year, together with its co-sponsoring technical societies, The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP), and funded by the Pittcon event, these societies award The Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants (PCMNCG) to small college science departments. The awards are approximately $10,000 for the purchase of scientific equipment, audio-visual, teaching aids, and/or library materials for use in the teaching of science at the undergraduate level for colleges and universities throughout the United States. The award program has grown over the years to include 10 - 12 colleges that meet the nearly 300 grants have been awarded through PCMNCG since its inception in 1974. In addition to this award, Pittcon generates over $1 million dollars for the SSP and the SACP to provide financial and administrative support for various science outreach activities including science equipment grants, research grants, scholarships and internships for students, awards to teachers and professors, and grants to public science centers, libraries and museums.