Cancun was my second meeting. What I’ve noticed so far is how giving everyone is. Total strangers, some very important ones, have been more than willing to share their science or help me understand the inner-workings of the Society. The meetings feel like safe places where I can ask stupid questions and be vulnerable. Which, they say, is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. (After you’ve read the highlights, go watch Brene Brown’s TED Talk  on The Power of Vulnerability. She has the research!)

Over 2,000 people attended the 2014 ECS and SMEQ Joint International Meeting in Cancun, Mexico. This was ECS’s first return visit to Cancun since 2006. Participants could choose among 51 symposia and 2,299 presentations.

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Electrochemical Energy and Water Summit

Brainstorming breakout session at the Electrochemical Water and Energy Summit

Brainstorming breakout session at the Electrochemical Water and Energy Summit

In its first “Science for Solving Society’s Problems Challenge,” ECS partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to leverage the brainpower of the many scientists in electrochemistry and solid state science and technology that regularly attend ECS meetings. The four grantees were identified during a multi-day workshop. Over 100 researchers were guided through a brainstorming and working group session with the theme of improving access to clean water and sanitation in developing countries. The winners:

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2014 ECS/SMEQ Meeting in the Books

Edison Theatre

“Pee to Energy” demo at the Edison Theatre in the exhibit hall in Cancun, Mexico. Rob Gerth, Gerri Botte, and Madhi Muthuvel getting ready to go.

I’m working on an official review of what happened at the meeting. In the meantime, I’ve been looking at some of the photos which got me thinking about the adventure that is an ECS meeting.

A couple of quick hits first:

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Gates Partnership funding review panel

Pictured is the funding review panel for the 2014 Electrochemical Energy and Water Summit grant proposals: Gerardo Arriaga, Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica; Kathy Ayers, Proton OnSite; Ioannis Ieropoulos, University of the West of England – Bristol; Paul Kohl, Georgia Tech, President of ECS; Barry MacDougall, National Research Council of Canada, Past President of ECS; Paul Natishan, Naval Research Laboratory, Past President of ECS; Brian Stoner, RTI International; E. Jennings Taylor, Faraday Technology Inc. and Treasurer of ECS. Non-voting observers pictured: Dan Fatton, ECS Director of Development, Roque Calvo, ECS Executive Director, Carl Hensman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The winners of the 2014 Electrochemical Energy and Water Summit funding challenge have been selected and notified. Once we get the signed agreements from each of their institutions, we will formally announce the results.

It was an incredible experience all around. Thank you to everyone who participated.

By the numbers:

  • 2,200+ attendees
  • 120 participants in the facilitated brainstorm
  • 47 proposals received
  • 30 applicants invited to present
  • 4 projects selected
  • $210,000 in funding and the projects will be announced soon!

See what else happened at the meeting.

Did You Get Our Postcard?

ECS Cancun e-postcard front ECS Cancun e-postcard backDidn’t get our postcard? (Click to see it big.) Don’t be hurt. We do want to see you in Cancun. Find out more about our fall meeting!

Grant opportunity in Cancun

Gates Foundation logo

The goal: to enable universal access to sustainable sanitation services by supporting the development of radically new sanitation technologies as well as markets for new sanitation products and services.

ECS is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to host a multi-day workshop at the 2014 International Electrochemical Energy Summit (E2S) which takes place during the ECS and SMEQ Joint International meeting in Cancun, Mexico being held Oct. 5-9, 2014. The workshop will culminate in the distribution of over $200,000 in seed funding from ECS, addressing critical technology gaps in water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges being faced around the world.

40% of the world’s population–2.5 billion people–practice open defecation or lack adequate sanitation facilities, and the consequences can be devastating for human health as well as the environment.

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Although the sponsorship and exhibit deadlines have officially passed, we might be able to work with you for the Cancun meeting in October. There are still 5 exhibit spaces left; join this list today!

 GamryThe electrochemical society-Boots

We can also still accept symposia sponsorships, which support the participation of scientists from around the world.

If you would like to discuss your options to participate, please email Dan Fatton, or call him at 609.737.1902 ext. 115. For some ideas on additional possibilities, please peruse the brochure.

Ivium Exhibit Biologic Exhibit

Find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with ECS.

Top 5 Reasons to Join Us in Cancun

Poster Session at Orlando

Poster session in Orlando at 2014 225th ECS meeting.

The 2014 ECS and SMEQ (Sociedad Mexicana de Electroquímica) Joint International Meeting is being held Oct 5-9, 2014 in Cancun, Mexico.

Register now!

Besides this being is an international conference about electrochemistry and solid state science and technology; and a major forum for the discussion of interdisciplinary research from around the world; and the poster sessions; and the exhibits; and meeting old friends and making new ones … here are five other reasons to attend (feel free to add your own in the comments section):

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Moon Palace Resort

Registration rates include all-inclusive accommodations

Early-bird registration is now open for the 2014 ECS and SMEQ (Sociedad Mexicana de Electroquímica) Joint International Meeting to be held October 5-9, 2014.

This major international conference offers a unique blend of electrochemical and solid-state science and technology; and serves as a major forum for the discussion of interdisciplinary research from around the world through a variety of formats, such as oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibits, and tutorial sessions.

Find out more and register online now.

The beautiful, all-inclusive Moon Palace Resort Hotel is located on the best beach in Cancun and just minutes from the Cancun Airport.

Daily room rates include all of the following.

  • Unlimited meals, snacks, and beverages (including all alcoholic beverages), in twelve onsite restaurants featuring varied cuisine, including Italian, Asian, Mexican, Brazilian, and Continental;
  • Mini bar in room;
  • All gratuities (restaurants, lounges, poolside, bellmen, and housekeeping) and hospitality tax;
  • Water-sport facilities with non-motorized equipment such as sailboats, kayaks, and paddle boats at Moon Palace Marina;
  • Complimentary tennis, bicycling, miniature golf, and use of the health club;
  • Jacuzzi in every room; and
  • Wireless Internet access from your laptop!

The hotel has four water purification plants onsite, so all water is completely safe to drink.

All meeting activities will take place in the Moon Palace Sunrise Conference Center and the Moon Palace Expo Center. The Early-Bird reservation is open.

Sign up now!

Join Us at Our Meetings (Video)

My first ECS meeting ever was this past May in Orlando. It was a wonderful experience. Although a bit like getting pushed into the deep end. While we were there we created this video (first of two coming your way) about ECS meetings. I was forced to start talking to people — not just talk, but convince them to be on camera and answer my questions. No better way to make friends!

In the end it was simple enough, just ask the scientists and researchers why they come to the meetings.

Speaking of meetings, we just opened EARLY BIRD registration for our next one in Cancun.

That’s this:
The 2014 ECS and SMEQ Joint International Meeting will be held from October 5-9, 2014 in Cancun, Mexico at the all-inclusive Moon Palace Resort. This major international conference offers a unique blend of electrochemical and solid state science and technology; and serves as a major forum for the discussion of interdisciplinary research from around the world through a variety of formats, such as oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibits, and tutorial sessions.