In case there was any question about it, our International Elastomer Conference in Pittsburgh Oct. 4-7 is happening, and it is quickly approaching!
As usual this time every year, the ACS Rubber Division team is extremely busy getting everything finalized and ready to bring attendees, exhibitors and sponsors a positive and successful IEC. Aligned with our new mission to educate, connect and grow the evolving elastomer industry, the International Elastomer Conference provides many valuable learning, business and networking opportunities. It is the one place, one time of year, where you find the best of our industry all under one roof. Highlights of IEC 2021 include:
• More than 150 companies/organizations exhibiting at the expo;
• 90 presentations will be given at the 200th Technical Meeting;
• 11 courses to learn from at the Educational Symposium;
• Science & Technology Awards Luncheon & Presentations; and
• Career Fair, Student Symposium, networking events and more.
If you're not able to join us in-person, however, and don't want to miss the knowledge you can gain from the Technical Meeting, we have a virtual attendee option that gives you live and on-demand access to all Technical Meeting presentations, the opening ceremony and keynote address, the Science & Technology Award Winner presentations and our Get Involved session. We also are celebrating our 200th Technical Meeting with a special Frontiers of Rubber Science Symposia, featuring several prominent plenary lectures.
Health and safety remain a top priority of the city of Pittsburgh. That's why they created the PGH Commitment—an assurance from the Pittsburgh tourism and hospitality communities to their visitors and residents to deliver a gold standard in health and safety practices. It is a collection of numerous health and safety practices implemented throughout the Pittsburgh region. It follows the directives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Health Departments and the city of Pittsburgh. Together with the city of Pittsburgh, we are committed to providing a safe experience for our attendees.
We are very excited to be bringing the industry back together and hope you join us!
Miller-Barclay is the executive director and CEO of the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society.