American Chemical Society national meeting features presidential events

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2017 — American Chemical Society (ACS) President Allison A. Campbell, Ph.D., will focus on areas of significant importance — the health of our planet, the safe practice of science and strong technical programming — at the ACS 253rd National Meeting & Exposition, April 2 to 6, in San Francisco. The presidential events will be held at Hotel Nikko San Francisco, San Francisco Marriott Marquis and the Moscone Center. All times listed are in PDT.

The first event, “LGBT Graduate & Postdoctoral Student Chemistry Research Symposium,” is organized by the Division of Professional Relations. This two-day symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday in Nikko Ballroom III at Hotel Nikko San Francisco. It will consist of scientific talks by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) graduate and postdoctoral students, and will feature a panel discussion on issues that affect LGBT students and postdocs at the end of day on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon at 1:20 p.m. in Golden Gate A at San Francisco Marriott Marquis, the symposium “Holy Grails in Chemistry — Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Accounts of Chemical Research Journal” will focus on a 1995 issue in the journal that sought to spotlight critical areas of chemistry and will assess the progress in these areas since then.

On Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 133 at the Moscone Center, the symposium “Science for a Sustainable Energy Future” will highlight scientific advances for creating and storing sustainable, low-carbon energy. The symposium will focus on energy storage in the morning session and chemical and biological approaches to energy conversion in the afternoon.

Details of these presidential events and fourteen other president-recommended symposia can be found at

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. 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. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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