On behalf of the ECS-SF Section officers, I would like to take a moment to introduce you to the Section and our planned activities for 2009-2010.
The San Francisco Section is one of the largest Sections in ECS, with more than 400 local members, third only behind the Europe and Japan Sections. Our members’ interests span the full range of electrochemical and solid-state science represented within ECS. Thanks to your strong interest and participation, we are one of the most successful local sections.
Batteries, particularly Li-ion, have increasingly become a hot topic for the automobile and power-grid industries, VCs, and government funding agencies over the last several years. The Section will reflect this intense interest in its monthly seminar series by highlighting Li-ion battery technologies. However, we will continue to recognize the diverse interests of Section members in future seminar and short course offerings.
The year is already off to a great start. Our first event, a tour of battery startup Imara Corporation, drew a crowd of more than 30, including many first-time participants. We hope this is a sign of what’s to come this year, with further expansion and strengthening of the Section network. We encourage you to spread the word about our events to nonmembers interested in these topics.
See our programs for 2009-2010. The events are held at various locations throughout the Bay Area and open to both ECS members and non-members. E-mail invitations will be sent for each event. You can also visit our website, www.electrochem.org/ecs/sections/sanf/sanf.htm, for information on past and future events.
The funding for the Section’s activities comes primarily from the Section dues that members pay. If you live in the Bay Area but are not an official member of the ECS-San Francisco Section, I encourage you to become a member and help support these local events. The Section dues are $5 for 2009 and can be paid along with your membership to ECS. These funds are matched by ECS and are critical for supporting these activities.
We are always glad to hear your suggestions for future events or for ways to improve the Section. If you are interested in being a speaker, giving a tour of your company, or becoming an active officer, please contact us any time. We look forward to seeing you at one of our future meetings.