Last month, we were delighted to attend an amazing international chemistry conference in Honolulu, Hawaii: Pacifichem 2015. Pacifichem, held once every five years, features research from all areas of chemistry and is jointly sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), the Korean Chemical Society (KCS), and the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS). It was an amazing chance to hear directly from researchers from many countries about their challenges and successes. Some highlights are found below. We hope to attend Pacifichem again in the future!
- AJE had a large and varied presence, including Dr. Laura Stemmle (AJE’s Product Manager), Sharon Yi (China Marketing Manager), Rebecca Roberts (Customer Support Representative), Dr. Leyna DeNapoli (Quality Control Editor), and Dr. Daitao Chen (Chinese Translation team lead). The entire group benefited from some wonderful conversations with chemists, with plenty of insight to use to improve our services. In particular, discussions with Chinese chemists helped shape the new Chinese AJE website.
- Dr. Stemmle presented as part of a symposium entitled “Evolving nature of scholarly communication: connecting scholars with each other and with society.” Her talk (“Reaching your target audience after publication“) dealt with the ways that researchers can share their research in ways beyond the published paper, including examples like TrendMD, Kudos, and our Video Abstracts.
- AJE also presented a workshop, “Academic Writing in English” to around 50 attendees. This two-hour workshop discussed some tricky points of English grammar, especially related to the conventions of scientific writing. There were also some hands-on activities related to writing a concise abstract. Thanks to all the participants for such a great experience! We hope it was helpful.
- We were also able to attend a number of scientific sessions, which was especially fun for Dr. Chen, a former organic chemist. We always value the opportunity to hear about the latest scientific breakthroughs.
Pacifichem was a great experience for all of us, and we are excited to get back to more research conferences in 2016!