FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 28, 2016

Highlights for 2016 national meeting of world’s largest scientific society

ACS 251st National Meeting & Exposition
March 13-17, 2016; San Diego, CA

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2016 — Journalists registering for the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) 251st National Meeting & Exposition this spring will have a wealth of new scientific information available for their news stories. More than 12,500 presentations are planned on a wide range of topics from health to the environment. The meeting, one of the largest scientific conferences of the year, will be held March 13-17 in San Diego.

The link for press registration is

The theme of the meeting is “Computers in Chemistry,” but a variety of sessions also will focus on breakthroughs in medicine, food and materials. These are some of the planned symposia:

  • Research Opportunities for Future Energy Technologies (Lynn Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, will present)
  • Bioactives & Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Frontiers in Solar Light Harvesting Processes
  • Natural & Modified Carbohydrate Polymers Effects on Obesity Related Metabolic Diseases
  • Aspects of Unconventional Oil & Gas Production & Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Science & Perception of Climate Change
  • Cannabis: Exploring the Chemistry, History & Future
  • Computer Simulations of Thermodynamics & Long-Time Kinetics of Molecular Events

The ACS provides complimentary registration to national meetings to reporters (staff and freelance) and public information officers from government, non-profit and educational institutions. Marketing and public relations professionals, lobbyists and scientists do not qualify as press and must register via the main meeting registration page. Journal managing editors, book commissioning editors, acquisitions editors, publishers and those who do not produce news for a publication or institution also do not qualify.

The ACS Office of Public Affairs will operate a press center in the San Diego Convention Center, Room 17A, Mezzanine. It will include a press conference room and a news media workroom fully staffed to assist in arranging interviews. The press center will have wireless Internet access, computers and refreshments.

Embargoed copies of press releases and a press conference schedule will be available in early March. Reporters planning to cover the meeting from their home bases will have access to the press conferences over the Internet.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 158,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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