Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the 1960 science fiction convention, see 18th World Science Fiction Convention.
The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Pittcon 2011 logo.jpg
Abbreviation Pittcon
Formation February 15, 1950; 67 years ago (1950-02-15)
Purpose Science education and communication
Headquarters Pittsburgh
Official language
Penny Gardner
Main organ
Board of directors
Website http://www.pittcon.org/

The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, often referred to as Pittcon, is a non-profit educational organization based in Pennsylvania that organizes an annual Conference and Exposition on laboratory science. It is sponsored by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. The Conference has traditionally been the most attended annual conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy in the world.[1] The Pittcon presents several prestigious Awards each year to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the various fields in Analytical Chemistry[2]


Pittcon started as a small technical conference and exposition that was first held in the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh in February, 1950.[3] The first 18 conferences were held in Pittsburgh, but it has since grown into a national conference. The first move was to Cleveland in 1967 because of a threatened hotel strike in Pittsburgh. After being in Cleveland for a number of years, the conference then moved to Atlantic City for a period of time. At present, the conference rotates among New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando and Philadelphia. It is typically held during the first or second week of March and runs from Sunday through Thursday.


Affiliate organizations are the American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry, Analytical Laboratory Managers Association, the Beijing Conference and Exhibition on Instrumental Analysis (BCEIA), the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Japan Analytical Instruments Manufacturers Association (JAIMA), and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.


  1. ^ Pittcon Registration History 2005-2010
  2. ^ Chemical & Engineering News - Pittcon Awards Retrieved 2010-06-29
  3. ^ Brock, David C. (February 23, 2009). "Pittcon Turns 60". Chemical & Engineering News. 87 (8): 12–22. doi:10.1021/cen-v087n008.p012. Retrieved 2010-03-11.