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Polycyclic meeting (modified repost) March 26, 2009

Posted by fetzthechemist in PAHs.
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The International Society for Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (ISPAC) has been active in PAH research for almost two decades. It holds a biennial meeting that brings together researchers from many disciplines – toxicologists, environmental scientists, analytical chemists, theoretical chemists, astrophysicists, synthetic organic chemists, and others – to present their latest research and to interact. From these meetings I personally had numerous collaborations born through those informal discussions during coffee breaks, over dinner, or quaffing a few beers. These include forays into marine geochemistry and astrophysics, so the cross-disciplinary discussions are great.

Not only is this the best meeting for those doing work in polycyclics, it is really the only meeting focused on them.

The next ISPAC meeting will be held this year in Charleston, South Carolina USA. Details are posted at http://www.ispac.org/

ISPAC members get a huge deduction in registration costs, as well as a monthly society newsletter that I produce. The newsletter is highlighted by a polycyclics literature search.

If you are doing any research in PAHs or other PACs, ISPAC is a great organization to belong to. You interact not only to find out the latest research by the leaders in several research fields, but also network on sources of those hard-to-find pure compounds (an informal bartering system abounds within ISPAC!) and sources of other things useful in your work.

The meetings are know for their social events. Each has had a symposium dinner and these often have been culinary hallmarks.

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