Events at a Glance

Dates and time subject to change.
For a full listing of both social and technical events:
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Abbreviation Key
WSCC = Washington State Convention Center
SS = Seattle Sheraton

6th Floor Lobby (WSCC)
Note: Registration will not be open on Saturday.


Opening Reception (new & improved)
Sunday 1900-2100h
4th Floor Atrium Lobby (WSCC)
Come get a taste for Seattle and help kick-off an exciting week! All attendees are welcome to attend for light snacks, an open bar and ample time to network.

Session Chair and Symposium Organizer Breakfast
Monday 0700-0800h
The success of the meeting is very much due to the hard work of the session chairs, symposium organizers, and division members. All are encouraged to attend this orientation to ensure they are best prepared for their roles in the meeting, and to learn helpful information about future meetings

Visit Seattle Presentation
Monday 1200-1230h
Room 3A (WSCC)
Join us to discuss the sights and sounds of Seattle and get information on what to do while you are here!

Technical Exhibit (new hours)
Monday 1800-2000h
Tuesday and Wednesday 1400-2000h
Ballroom 6ABC (WSCC)
Take time to explore exhibits from the leading vendors in the electrochemical and solid state science fields. Make sure to also stop by the exhibit hall for Poster Sessions and the Networking Breaks.

Student and General Poster Sessions
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 1800-2000h
Ballroom 6ABC (WSCC)
With hundreds of posters to explore, you won’t want to miss a minute of these sessions. Grab a snack, wander the aisles, review the presentations, talk to the authors, and get to know our exhibitors, these sessions are a great way to end the day!

Networking Coffee Breaks (new)
Tuesday and Wednesday 1530-1600h
Ballroom 6ABC (WSCC)
We have taken attendee feedback and put it into action by implementing these afternoon breaks. Take a moment to stretch your legs, reenergize with complimentary coffee or tea, and network with exhibitors before your next session.

Student Mixer
Monday 2000-2200h
Grand Ballroom B (SS)
The mixer is a must attend event for students! Enjoy networking with your peers and early career professionals while light food and refreshments are served. Purchase your tickets online or visit customer service located in the registration area onsite.
*ticketed event

Annual Society Business Meeting and Luncheon (new & improved)
Tuesday 1200-1400h
Grand Ballroom B (SS)
Join us as we celebrate the many successes of 2017 and look forward to an even brighter future! This luncheon will also feature a special talk titled, “Electrochemistry & the Electrification of Everything in the Era of Low Cost Renewable Energy” by David Danielson, Managing Director of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition.
*ticketed event

Author Information Session
Tuesday, 1600h-1700h
Are you interested in publishing with ECS and have questions? Join Journal of The Electrochemical Society Editor, Robert Savinell, and ECS Transactions Editor, Jeff Fergus, as they present insight to:

  • Opportunities available for publishing with ECS.
  • Understanding the journals continuous publication model and types of articles published by ECS.
  • How to publish open access and how ECS’s Free the Science initiative supports open access for authors.
  • Where content is accessible after publication plus more.

Unable to attend? Stop by the ECS booth in the exhibit hall to connect one-on-one with ECS publications staff.
Preregister by visiting customer service in the registration area onsite.

Professional Portrait
Tuesday and Wednesday 1700-2000h
Ballroom 6ABC (WSCC)- Career Expo Area
Update your LinkedIn with a new photo! Meeting attendees can take the opportunity to receive a complimentary professional portrait photo at the ECS Career Expo. No appointment necessary.

ECSarXiv Information Session
A New Preprint Service for the ECS Community
Wednesday 1400-1500h
What is a preprint? How do I post a preprint? If I post one, will I be scooped? Are preprints a legitimate research output? Why another preprint service? These are just some of the questions we’ll answer at this special information session. Can’t make the session? Be sure to visit the ECSarXiv booth in the Exhibit Hall, Ballroom 6ABC (WSCC), located in the Career Expo area.

Trip to Microsoft SOFC Powered Data Center
Thursday 1400h – 1600h
Sheraton lobby, look for the ECS sign
Did you know that data centers across the country account for up to 2% of all U.S. electricity usage? As this percentage increases, new solutions are needed to help increase the efficiency, cost, and delivery of the energy required to power today’s networked computing and storage needs.

Join us for an excursion to see Microsoft’s state of the art data center, powered by solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Participants will take a tour of the facility and have the ability to ask Microsoft staff questions about the test center and the SOFC technology involved. The $10 fee will cover the transportation to and from the facility. Sign up today, space is limited!
*ticketed: $10 per person

ECS Data Sciences Hack Week (extended)
Sunday – Saturday
The ECS Data Sciences Hack Week is the Society’s continuing work on building an electrochemical data sciences and open source community, now expanded to a full week. All electrochemical engineers can benefit from this workshop, whether experimentally or theoretically focused. Learning how to create, share, use, and improve open source software tools and public datasets is one way to accelerate research progress in our field.
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018

Short Courses

ECS short courses are all-day classes designed to provide students or the seasoned professional with an in-depth education on a wide range of topics. Taught by academic and industry experts, the small class size makes for an excellent opportunity for personalized instruction helping both novices and experts advance their technical expertise and knowledge. Short courses are open to the public with special discounts given to meeting attendees.

Short course #1: Advanced Impedance Spectroscopy | Course description
Mark Orazem, Instructor

Short course #2: Rechargeable Battery Materials | Course description
Shirley Meng and Boryann Liaw, Instructors

Short Course #3: Electrodeposition Fundamentals and Applications | Course description
Stanko Brankovic and Giovanni Zangari, Instructors

Professional Development Workshops

All events are ticketed, attendees must register by adding the session to your registration. Login to your ECS profile to add one today. For questions or assistance registering, please contact

Essential Elements for Employment Success
Instructor: John Susko, ECS Emeritus Member
Monday 1000-1200h
Landing your next job requires selective and effective networking, developing and submitting specifically targeted resumes and cover letters, locating relevant job opportunities and preparing for and participating in the job interview. This workshop will provide up-to-date information and tips for employment success. This is a two-hour workshop.
*This workshop also includes the Resume Review

Resume Review
Instructors: John Susko & Michel Foure
Tuesday & Wednesday 1400-1800h
Ballroom 6ABC (WSCC)
Bring your resume for a one-on-one session with an industry leader and expert on resume development. You will walk away with a resume that is sure to land you your next interview. To sign-up for a resume review appointment, you must first attend the Essential Elements for Employment Success; registration for a resume review occurs during the Essential Elements for Employment Success workshop. Appointments are 20-minutes in length.
*You must register for Essential Elements for Employment Success in order to participate.

Managing and Leading Teams
Instructor: Dennis Hess, Georgia Institute of Technology
Wednesday 1400-1600h
Nearly all engineers and scientists work in teams where a leader oversees and guides process/product development and direction. When technically-trained individuals undertake a leadership role, frustration is a frequent outcome, despite technical competency and good intentions. This workshop will discuss reasons why engineers and scientists often find adaptation into leadership roles disconcerting and will explore ways to smooth the transition. This is a two-hour workshop.

Refresh & Connect: An ECS Mentoring Session
Tuesday 1000-1130h
ECS coordinates a group of mentors to meet with students and early career professionals in small roundtable groups. The discussions topics vary and are often led by the group. Topics that are often covered usually focus on around career-life balance, building contacts and networks, questions about career paths, and perspective experiences. This is a 90-minute roundtable workshop.
*Please note pre-registration is required.

Grant Writing 101
Instructor: Michel Foure, Berkeley Grant Writing
Wednesday 0900-1130h
Whether your career takes you to Industry, Academia or a National Lab, chances are that you will be intimately involved in writing research grant proposals. In fact, your career growth may largely hinge on your ability to raise funding. While each proposal is unique, lying at the intersection of the funding agency needs and your technical idea, there are very important guidelines that must be observed in order to maximize the probability of success. As this workshop is interactive, it would be particularly meaningful and useful for the participants to be prepared to work with a real example. This could be a proposal they have submitted in the past or one they anticipate to submit. This workshop is 2.5 hours.

An Introduction to Intellectual Property
Instructor: Matthew Rappaport, IP Checkups
Monday 1400-1630h
In recent years intellectual property has become contentious with notable high-tech companies influencing patent rights. Nevertheless, IP continues to play a key role in the development and innovation ecosystem, particularly for start-ups and early-stage commercialization. In this short course, we will get down to basics in exploring the role of IP in protecting your early-stage development and commercialization. Along the way, we will review IP basics and explore portfolio development to help protect your inventions. Decisions such as internal R&D, strategic partnerships or licensing are informed by your portfolio. And finally, what to do when you have to enforce your rights.

Running an Effective Meeting
Instructor: Dennis Hess, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tuesday 1600-1700h
Meetings are activities that play a critical role in decision-making and change within the successful operation of a team or organization. Unfortunately, meetings are frequently viewed as bad, ineffective, and a waste of time. Such conclusions are often justified because they result from ineffective leadership and unprofessional behavior by attendees. This workshop will explore reasons for the inappropriate conduct displayed and discuss approaches to facilitate effective and productive meetings.