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Highlights for American Chemical Society 249th National Meeting & Exposition March 22-26, Denver

American Chemical Society

Journalists registering for the American Chemical Society's (ACS') 249th National Meeting & Exposition this spring will have a wealth of new scientific information available for their news stories. Nearly 11,000 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 22-26 in Denver.

The link for press registration is

The theme of the meeting is "Chemistry of Natural Resources," but numerous sessions also will focus on breakthroughs in medicine, food and materials. Among the planned symposia are:

  • Vitamin D: Past, Present & Future for Animals & Humans
  • Legalized Marijuana & Health & Safety
  • Modern Chemical Warfare: History, Chemistry, Toxicology, Morality
  • Colorado Biotechnology: The Science of Colorado's Craft Beer, Wine & Spirits Industries
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts on Water, Soil and Air Quality
  • Diversifying STEM: Uniting Through Our Differences for a Brighter Scientific Future
  • Citizens First: Communicating Climate Science to the Public
  • Water Our Most Critical Resource

The ACS Office of Public Affairs will operate a press center in the Colorado 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, computers, a photocopier 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 online.


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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