Pittcon 2019: SiliCycle attends the world’s largest event for laboratory science

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March 15, 2019

Hold on to your beakers and Erlenmeyer flasks, Pittcon Conference & Expo 2019 is right around the corner!

Held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, this year’s conference promises to be an unforgettable one. Attractions such as The DemoZones, Lab Gauntlets, NEXUS Theaters and the Pittcon Park, are but a few of the features waiting attendees this year.

With all the hype around Pittcon 2019, SiliCycle felt necessary to underline the importance of Pittcon’s 70th anniversary and to give respect due in this spotlight article.

A Bit of History

Ever since the first conference, February 17th 1950, Pittcon has seen its reputation grow along with its contribution to the laboratory science world. Back then, the event had been held at Pittsburgh’s William Penn Hotel. The exhibits, featuring 14 companies, were housed in the 17th floor hotel ballroom. Whereas the first Pittsburgh Conference provided 56 speakers an opportunity to give presentations in the areas of analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy, the current Pittcon technical program provides over 2,000 speakers an opportunity to address sub-disciplinary topics from biomedical to the food industry, to nano-materials going through green chemistry. Pittcon’s technical program has become the place for anyone who identifies, quantifies, analyzes or tests the chemical or biological properties of compounds or molecules, or who manages these laboratory scientists.

Without a doubt, education and innovation are at the heart of Pittcon. Its first mission is to sponsor and sustain educational and charitable activities for the advancement and benefit of scientific endeavor. “As a non-profit organization”, one spokesperson says, “Pittcon has been able to donate roughly $1,000,000 to support science education and science outreach each year. Additionally, a goal of the annual Pittcon event is to highlight the latest and greatest innovations from leading companies.”