ACS on Campus: Making Connections Across India

In mid-January 2017, ACS Publications set off to India to meet with local researchers and students while hosting a series of conferences and events. The trip spanned across India, from Mumbai to Guwahati as we learned about the innovative and impressive chemistry research coming out of India. We are thankful for the new friendships and collaborations we forged along the way.

The events were a mix of conferences, ACS on Campus events, and receptions which boasted an impressive group of distinguished speakers including Professor William B. Tolman, Editor-in-Chief, Inorganic Chemistry; Professor Krishna Ganesh, Editor, ACS Omega; Professor Christopher W. Jones, Editor-in-Chief, ACS Catalysis; Professor Kankan Bhattacharyya, Senior Editor, The Journal of Physical Chemistry; Professor Bala Subramanian, Associate Editor, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering; and Professor Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, Associate Editor, Inorganic Chemistry.

Our first stop was Kolkata, India for SABIC’s 5th Symposium on Advanced Biological Inorganic Chemistry from January 7-11. The ‘Inorganic Chemistry: Young, Outstanding, and Upcoming’ (IC YOU) symposium was sponsored by ACS’s Inorganic Chemistry. The event was organized by the Inorganic Chemistry Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Abhishek Dey of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, and was Co-Chaired by Professor William B. Tolman and Professor Partha Sarathi Mukherjee. The symposium featured research contributions from young, outstanding, and upcoming scientists from around the globe who are working at the forefront of research in the field of biological inorganic chemistry. On the final day of the symposium, ACS hosted a two hour ACS on Campus session on the scholarly publishing process and science communication.

“SABIC was a phenomenal meeting for lots of reasons: great science, diverse speakers and participants from all over the world, excellent food, and well-organized. Masala Chai during breaks and lively interactions with students were highlights for me! The ACS-On Campus events there, and at IIT Kanpur and IIT Guwahati provided further outstanding opportunities to interact with students, see old friends, and meet new ones. All in all, it was a great adventure, and certainly enhanced my great respect for inorganic chemistry in India.” – Professor William B. Tolman, Editor-in-Chief, Inorganic Chemistry

The trip continued with three ACS on Campus events at some of India’s top universities: IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati, and IISER Pune. Over 850 students, researchers, and faculty members learned from ACS Editors about the latest innovations in science and tips on getting published and science communication. Highlights included a presentation by Professor William B. Tolman on “How to Give a Good Talk” and panel discussions on “10 Tips for Getting Published” with the editors. During the afternoon, ACS editors from the US and across India provided instant feedback to impressive student and faculty presentations. Events also included networking breaks with the editors.

ACS Publications then traveled south to Mumbai to host a ‘Meet the Editors’ session at the Asia-Pacific Congress on Catalysis meeting (APCAT-7) on January 19. The reception was sponsored by ACS Catalysis and ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering and honored our local ACS journals’ authors, reviewers, and readers. The event included appearances from Professor Christopher W. Jones and Professor Bala Subramaniam.

The reception at APCAT-7 provided an excellent opportunity to touch base with the Asian, and especially Indian, catalysis community. It was wonderful to meet people who have authored papers and carried out reviews for the journal, and thank them for contributing to the success of journal. – Professor Chris Jones, Editor-in-Chief, ACS Catalysis

Our final stop in India was the ACS-CRSI Meeting on January 23. This was the first joint meeting of the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) and ACS which was held at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Bhopal. Approximately 300 researchers and science professionals attended the full-day event. Featured scientific talks were given by Professor RN Mukherjee, Director, IISER Kolkata; Professor Tushar Kanti Mukherjee, IIT Indore; Professor Madhav Ranganathan, IIT Kanpur; Professor Ishu Saraogi, IISER, Bhopal; Professor Chris Jones, Georgia Tech, ACS Catalysis; Professor Krishna Ganesh, IISER-Pune, ACS Omega; and Professor Kankan Bhattacharyya, IISER Bhopal, Journal of Physical Chemistry. An ACS on Campus event was also held in conjunction with the seminar.

“The joint CRSI-ACS symposium provided an excellent platform for the scientific community in the greater Bhopal area to interact with the ACS editorial team. The participants, particularly the students, benefited immensely from the discussions on scientific communication and publishing.” – Professor Ishu Saraogi, Ramanujan Fellow and Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal

Check out photos from ACS on Campus’ recent events in India:

ACS Publications would like to thank all of our hosts and attendees for their hospitality.

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