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Highlights for the 2018 American Chemical Society spring national meeting

American Chemical Society

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2018 -- Journalists registering for the American Chemical Society's (ACS') 255th National Meeting & Exposition will have a wealth of new scientific information available for their news stories. More than 13,000 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 18-22 in New Orleans.

The link for press registration is

The theme of the meeting is "Nexus of Food, Energy & Water," but a variety of sessions also will focus on breakthroughs in medicine, nanotechnology and other fields. These are some of the planned symposia:

  • Wearable & Implantable Sensors

  • Chemistry of Spirits

  • Science of Sexual Harassment

  • Advances in Blood-Based Diagnostics

  • Symposium for Pan-American Science

  • Nanomaterials

  • LGBTQ+ Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium

  • Chemistry of Molecular Electronics

  • Environmental Effects on Gulf Coast Seafoods

  • First Time Disclosure of Clinical Candidates

ACS provides complimentary registration to national meetings to reporters (staff and freelance) and public information officers from government, non-profit and educational institutions. Marketing and public relations professionals, lobbyists and scientists do not qualify as press and must register via the main meeting registration page. Journal managing editors, book commissioning editors, acquisitions editors, publishers and those who do not produce news for a publication or institution also do not qualify.

ACS will operate a press center in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Great Hall B, which will be fully staffed to assist in arranging interviews. The press center will have Wi-Fi, computers and refreshments. Press conferences will be held in Great Hall C.

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 on YouTube at


The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and 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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