The 64th annual Pittsburgh Conference and Exposition on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy —Pittcon 2014 — was held from 2-6 March at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago, Illinois. More than 16,200 conferees and exhibitor personnel gathered from around the world to promote the newest lab-related technology and products

The annual event always draws a diverse crowd, and 2014 was no exception. First-time attendees made up 36% of the total number in attendance, with 26% of the attendees also from outside the United States.

Attendees included lab managers, scientists, chemists, researchers, and professors representing industrial, academic, and government labs.

The busy exposition floor accommodated 935 exhibitors from 32 countries and hosted 1,763 booths displaying the latest innovations in laboratory science. Included in this were 119 first-time exhibitors.

Pittcon itself offered new technology and amenities to those who participated. Featured was a Twitter Café; Tweet-Ups; a social presence on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter; and a dedicated hashtag for the event. A new mobile app allowed users to view the program in its entirety, and to schedule appointments from their mobile devices.

Throughout the conference and expo, the Employment Bureau and Employer Information Center helped connect job seekers with hiring companies. And for the second year, the co-location of Food Labs Conference, organised by Innovative Publishing and Food Safety Tech, was held in conjunction with Pittcon.

Next year, be sure to join Pittcon from 8-12 March, 2015 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Los Angeles, USA.