In late January 2016, ACS Publications traveled to India to meet with local researchers and lead a series of ACS on Campus events. More than 900 students, faculty, and researchers attended the full-day programs, which were held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay; the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore; and the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad.
The events were a mix of lectures, panel discussions, and interactive sessions, including scientific talks by ACS editors and local faculty, along with discussions about the publishing process and how scientists can communicate the importance of their research. Students also had the opportunity to present their research to a panel of ACS editors and receive valuable feedback.
All three events featured an impressive lineup of distinguished speakers, including Inorganic Chemistry Editor-in-Chief William B. Tolman, ACS Sensors Editor-in-Chief J. Justin Gooding, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Editor-in-Chief George C. Schatz, and J. Phys. Chem. Senior Editor Kankan Bhattacharyya. Also presenting was Dr. Anirban Mahapatra and Erin Wiringi from ACS Publications.
Each speaker provided their unique perspectives on the research and publishing worlds to an engaged and highly enthusiastic audience. The ACS team fielded lots of questions and heard personal anecdotes from the attendees. As a result, ACS gained a detailed picture of the publishing landscape in India and the interests and needs of its researchers.
In addition to the daytime sessions, the ACS staff and editors hosted dinners at each location with local faculty and scientists, fostering further engagement.
ACS would like to thank all three universities and the attendees for their hospitality.