From June 5 to June 9, I attended the 42nd National Organic Chemistry Symposium (NOCS) at Princeton University in New Jersey. Organized by the Division of Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Princeton University Department of Chemistry, the 42nd Symposium featured 13 speakers. Many presentations focused on discovery chemistry, biology and academic research – all while highlighting recent advances in organic chemistry.
In attendance, there were approximately 350 graduate and undergraduate chemistry students, Associate Professors, Professors as well as Discovery and Process Chemists. I would estimate about two-thirds of the attendees were from academia and the other third seemed to be from the pharmaceutical or biotech industries. About 10% of the attendees traveled from outside the US to attend the 42nd National Organic Chemistry Symposium (NOCS).
I look forward to attending the 43rd National Organic Chemistry Symposium (NOCS) at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2013.