News media registration opens for American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2013 — News media registration is now open for the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) 246th National Meeting & Exposition, September 8-12, 2013, in the Indiana Convention Center and downtown hotels in Indianapolis, Ind.

On the agenda are almost 7,200 presentations on new discoveries in science and other topics. They span science’s horizons — from astronomy to zoology ― offering print, broadcast and online journalists a wide range of spot news and feature opportunities. The topics include energy, the environment, food and nutrition, medicine, health and other fields where chemistry plays a central role. Some of those presentations will align with the meeting’s theme, “Chemistry in Motion.”

The theme presentations will spotlight today’s top research and future technologies likely to change the transportation industry this century. Topics range from biofuels and alternative energy to lightweight materials and new ways of cutting the effects of friction, which affects fuel economy.

In conjunction with the meeting theme, the ACS Office of Public Affairs is offering journalists registered for the ACS Press Center complimentary tickets for two special events that involve personal experiences with motion. Details appear below.

The ACS Office of Public Affairs will operate a press center in the convention center. 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, telephones, computers, photocopy and fax services, and refreshments.

Embargoed copies of press releases, non-technical summaries of newsworthy presentations and a press conference schedule will be available in August. Reporters planning to cover the meeting from their home bases will have access to the press conferences over the Internet in ACS’ popular “Live Chat” format.

One of the special events is a track lap in an Indy 500 Pace Car on the Indiana Motor Speedway 500 oval track with a professional race car driver, including a picture afterwards with an Indy 500 Race Car.  The other is a hot lap on the north section of the Formula 1 Road Course in a high-performance sports car driven by a professional race car driver, with a picture afterwards with their 2013 John Cooper Works MINI Cooper Hardtop. Both will be on Sunday, September 8. To request tickets, email with the subject line “Indy Racing Tickets.”

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 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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