The Hawai`i Convention Center has a variety of rooms ideally suited for our purposes; our thousands of posters were available in one site; the service and food & beverage is good; and the internet access was good.– Prof. Howard Alper Congress Chair, Pacifichem 2010 December 15-20, 2010 12,678 delegates
What better way to ring in UNESCO’s International Year of Chemistry than attend the premiere scientific gathering in the Pacific Rim? The International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem) has returned to Honolulu this month with record interest.
Pacifichem is holding the sixth in a series of co-sponsored scientific conferences at the Hawai`i Convention Center from Dec. 15-20, 2010, with the theme of “Chemistry, technology and our global environment.” An all-time high of nearly 13,000 papers have been submitted from 72 countries for presentation in oral and poster format. Student poster submissions totaled more than 3,000, out of which 240 were selected for a special poster presentation.
The biggest Pacifichem conference ever is expected to bring about scientific breakthroughs and inventions that will eventually reach the marketplace, similar to previous meetings. Discussion topics cover industries ranging from energy to aeronautics to pharmaceuticals.
Outside of conference activities, Pacifichem is also featuring a new element this year: The integration of Hawaiian cultural education, where displays and demonstrations such as lei making will be available to the international field of attendees.
Founded in 1984, Pacifichem has been held in Honolulu nearly every five years. For more information, visit www.pacifichem.org.
Members of the Hawai`i Convention Center Association Advisory Board (AAB) met in mid-November to provide guidance and tactical feedback to the Hawai`i Convention Center’s management team on its marketing strategy and initiatives. They focused on Hawai`i’s many benefits as a business destination, as well as dispelling misconceptions associated with conducting business here. Discussion topics also included an evaluation of the Center’s advertising campaign, branding concepts, and economic impact and effectiveness to the State of Hawai`i. Members participating in this year’s meeting were:
- Anne Martinez, Meetings Administrator, American Podiatric Medical Association
- Paul Markowski, Executive Vice President and CEO, American College of Chest Physicians
- Christine Phelps, Deputy Executive Director, American Academy of Neurology
- Ron Moen, retired CEO, American Dietetic Association
- Marty Balogh, Director, Meetings and Travel, American Bar Association
- Liz Huh, Director of Conventions, National Business Travel Association
- Ed Futa, General Secretary, Rotary International
- Jim Goodman, Managing Vice President, American Dental Association
- Scott Hunt, Executive Director, The Endocrine Society
- Nancy Todd, Manager, Conference Management and Vendor Relations, American Chemical Society