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Sponsors & Endorsing Groups. Attractive Programs & Venues. Network of Participants. Committed Volunteers. Polymer Topical Group Overview. Thomas J. Pacansky, 2008 Chair [email protected] www.NJACS.org November 24, 2008. Background and Resources.

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polymer topical group overview

Sponsors &

Endorsing

Groups

Attractive

Programs

& Venues

Network of

Participants

Committed

Volunteers

Polymer Topical Group Overview

Thomas J. Pacansky, 2008 Chair

[email protected]

www.NJACS.org

November 24, 2008

background and resources
Background and Resources
  • (Re)establishing PTG is an NJACS objective
    • Local polymer demographics is large enough to support a PTG
    • Area is home to many high quality schools and universities; and many companies with a strong interest in polymers
  • Committed Excomm member: Bill Suits is our NJACS Liaison and a PTG operating group participant
  • Tangible support from NJACS
    • Small budget, contingency funds
    • Communications and publicity conduits – Indicator and webpage
  • Small but enthusiastic operating group and a large advisory board
  • White lines
    • Polymer related
    • Definition of success – self-supporting
advisory board
Advisory Board
  • Represent different segments of the local polymer community
  • Participate in programming decisions
    • Sounding board of program and speaker ideas
    • Source of program and speaker ideas
    • Volunteers for specific staffing assignments
  • Represent NJACS-PTG at their workplace
    • Polls organizations for interest in sponsorships and interest in future programs and timing
    • Promotes upcoming symposia in affiliated organizations
  • Resource for program organizers and other roles in PTG
advisory board members
Advisory Board Members
  • John Adams
  • Andrew Auerbach, CUNY
  • Asya Bakhtina (Exhibits)
  • Anita Brandolini, Ramapo (PTG Chair)
  • Ronald DeMartino (Secretary)
  • Tamal Ghosh
  • Willis Hammond, NJIT (Treasurer)
  • Nicole Harris, Sun Chemical
  • Mike Jaffe, NJIT (Program Chair)
  • Frieder Jaekle, Rutgers
  • Ankur Kulshrestha, BD Medical
  • Hongbo Liu, JNJ Ethicon
  • Edward Malawer, Malawer & Associates Consulting, LLC
  • Tom Pacansky, Apollo Ventures
  • Munirathna Padmanaban, AZ Electronic Materials
  • Bill Suits, ChemPharma (NJACS Liaison)
  • Bin Wei, Henkel (Poster Chair)

Meets 2-3 times a year to identify themes and topics of local interest

ptg goal
PTG Goal
  • On a continuing basis, plan and execute 2-3+ quality polymer programs per year
data mining for target audience definition and communications
Data Mining for Target Audience Definition and Communications
  • NJACS, PMSE and POLY provided data
  • Demographics split evenly - balanced proportion of B.S & M.S. Vs Ph.D.
  • NJACS estimates about 800 ACS members with a polymer interest and up to 2000 professionals in the local section area.
  • Programs draw attendance from surrounding communities – up to 4000-5000 in target audience
  • Many universities and companies in areahave an identifiable polymer interest
    • 8 of 28 Local universities
    • 108 of 400+ corporate sites
  • Very large and very diverse target audience

Broad-based communication process across local/division members, related societies and university/industrial communities

locally popular themes
Advanced Polymer Materials

Biomaterials

Cross-topical theme

Engineering

Food and Care

Locally Popular Themes
multifaceted program content mirrors target audience needs

Characterization

Business Development

Fundamental

Review

Highlights

Application

Tutorial

Patent & Legal

Organizational Development

Property

Synthesis

Science

Regulatory

Multifaceted Program Content -Mirrors Target Audience Needs

Expertise

  • In addition to “themes” there are other important programming dimensions
  • Program diversity is a key to success when the target audience is broadly dispersed

Professional

& Business

Science

target program format and venue

Talks

Posters

Poster/Mixer

Target Program Format and Venue
  • Site and venue
    • University preferred, or hotel
    • Great conference facilities
    • Low Cost
    • Easy commute
    • Half day mini-symposium
      • Afternoon – 1-6PM
      • Tuesday - Thursday
  • Mini-symposium format
    • 4-7 talks
    • Each speaker is a draw
  • Posters: student, topical, connections, vendor
  • Interactive portion of program
    • Long coffee break during speaker program
    • Mixer and posters at same time/location
    • hors d’oeuvres (extent depends on sponsorships)
  • Good time slots are Apr/May and Oct/Nov

Compelling theme, several speakers/leaders in field, great venue, low cost, fits busy lifestyle schedules

path to a routine timeline

Consistent yearly cycle

Get Started

First Program – short lead

Short 10 Month Lead

Short 12 Month Lead

18 Month Lead

20 Month Lead

18 Month Lead

20 Month Lead

2007 2008 2009 2010

Path to a Routine Timeline

Short organization startup and short early program planning cycles enabled early test of viability and approach; and reduced time to a fully integrated and routine yearly cycle

symposia
Symposia
  • All successful financially, administratively and met attendees’ needs
  • Attendance larger than symposia at ACS national meetings
  • Small ratio of presenters to attendees indicates an attractive program
survey results
Survey Results

Survey questions relate to various categories of information useful in planning future symposia

  • Attendees’ information - demographics
  • Announcement information
  • Customer satisfaction
    • Meeting logistics
    • Presentations
  • Future symposia themes

Survey Format Source: Les McGuire

survey results1
Survey Results

Attendees’ information – demographics

  • 70–90% ACS
  • 60-70% Industrial
  • Of ACS members
    • 50-70% NJACS
    • 20% listed ‘don’t know’ their local section
  • ACS division affiliation
    • 50/50 POLY/PMSE
    • 10-50% other
  • Attendees are mostly ACS members
  • Email list consists of ACS members (Connected?)
target audience and communications
Target Audience and Communications

NJACS Area

Surrounding Commute Region

  • Reaching only 40% of potential audience using email to NJACS and local POLY/PMSE members
  • Polymer audience is diverse – different mix for different themes
  • Looking for an email list to reach the regional non-ACS audience
survey results2
Survey Results

Announcement Information (fraction ‘yes’)

  • Email is best communication vehicle
  • PTG awareness is improving
survey results3
Survey Results

Customer Satisfaction (fraction 4-5’s)

Response Scale 1-5; 1=low, 5=good. Responses greater than 0.5 are favorable.

  • Value proposition is correct
  • Increase technical/science content of future symposia
survey results future symposia
Survey Results -Future Symposia

Highest Ranking Survey Themes (fraction 4-5’s).

  • Green, Fall 2007
    • Packaging polymers in food, pharma and personal care (0.76)
    • Hot topics (0.73)
    • Polymers in Medicine (0.72)
  • Biomaterials, Spring 2008
    • Biopolymers for controlled delivery and tissue engineering (0.95)
    • Green polymers – sustainability and energy focus (0.79)
    • Polymers for sensors and diagnostics (0.74)
  • Packaging, Fall 2008
    • Polymers for controlled release (0.70)
    • Green polymers – sustainability and energy focus (0.67)
    • Synthetic polymer chemistry - polymer with unique properties (0.61)
  • Five theme options listed on survey (generated by advisory board)
  • Most favorable themes are being developed into future symposia
  • Validates popularity of themes

2008 symposia2009 symposia2010 symposia short list

summary and conclusions
Summary and Conclusions
  • PTG is operational
    • Administrative committee and advisory board structure
    • Work processes and roles/responsibilities are set
    • First election (2009-11 chair, Anita Brandolini) was held at October 29, 2008 symposium
  • Pipeline of symposia through 2010
  • Breakeven – sustainable; value proposition is correct
  • Survey as tool for customer satisfaction and to validate popularity of future programs
    • Email is preferred communication method (vs flyers and Indicator)
    • Announcement emails to ACS members and there is a large proportion of ACS attendees
    • Room, catering and PM mini-symposium format are fit for purpose
    • Increase technical scientific content of future symposia
related societies
Related Societies
  • AIChE
  • American Physical Society
  • American Pharmaceutical Society, APhA
  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)
  • Controlled Release Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • NY Society of Cosmetic Chemists
  • Society for Biomaterials
  • Society of Plastics Engineers
future programs mini symposia
Future Programs – Mini-symposia
  • Year 2010 Short List of Themes
    • Sustainability of Polymers
    • Materials of Construction (flammability, energy efficient, thermal conductivity, etc)
    • Controlled release with the local affiliate of the Controlled Release Society
    • Synthetic polymer chemistry – Synthetic techniques yielding polymers for high value applications and with unique properties
      • New synthetic techniques for high value polymers
      • New polymer synthetic methods – high value applications and unique properties
    • Low molar weight additives and modifiers for polymers
    • Edible polymers for food industry and pharmaceuticals
    • Renewable energy and feedstocks – fuel cells, biomass, biodiesel
    • Hot Topics (nano, homeland security, etc)
    • Inorganic-organic hybrid polymers and materials
    • Polymers in the 21st century (Faruq Marikar)
    • Polymers Day (S. Waller)
    • Progress in research processes and tools – parallel processing, combinatorial methods
    • Hot topics forum – click chemistry, ionic liquids, catalysts, biomemitics, pro-performance
corporate involvement value
Corporate Involvement = Value
  • Guide theme evolution and speaker selection
  • Excellent local thematic programming on topics of corporate interest. Can not occur without corporate support
  • Gain regional public visibility, association with ACS and a good cause – bringing high quality public scientific presentations and discussion to the local area
  • Information is communicated locally to more than 6000 chemists and more than 600 professionals with a polymer interest; and regionally to 2000-4000.
  • Attendees tend to be the connectors, trend setters, early adopters
  • Continuing education and leadership development – local, low cost and minimal time required
  • Networking with local and regional colleagues
  • Practice public presentations
education involvement value
Education Involvement = Value
  • Guide theme evolution and speaker selection
  • Excellent local thematic programming on topics of scientific interest. Can not occur without academic participation and endorsement
  • Visibility and association with ACS and a good cause – bringing high quality public scientific presentations and discussion to the local area
  • Information is communicated locally to more than 6000 chemists and more than 600 professionals with a polymer interest; and regionally to another 2000-4000.
  • Attendees tend to be the connectors, trend setters, early adopters
  • Supplemental education experience and leadership development – local, low cost and minimal time required
  • Networking with local and regional colleagues
  • Practice public presentations
normalized timelines normalized meeting deliverables and agendas
Annual Cycle of Deliverables

Welcome new officers, ck 15S & 20F, request for proposals

Initial plans for new 15S and new 20F; execute detail plan for 15S

Execute event 15S

Feedback 15S and final plan new 15S and new 20F

Summer break

Check progress new 15S & new 20F, execute detail plan 20F

Execute event 20F

Feedback 20F and check progress new 15S and new 20F

Elections for next year, detail plan for new15S and new 20F, request for proposals, ops manual update

Typical Agenda

Chair (PTG-wide focus)

Approve minutes

Staffing and infrastructure

Treasurer report

Relationships & funding

Communications&Arrangements

MemberNet updates

Secretary and Treasurer (near-term programs)

15S & 20F status and plans

Program Chair (program planning)

Proposal progression

Normalized Timelines – Normalized Meeting Deliverables and Agendas
ptg meeting sites
Universities

CUNY

Drew – Madison

FDU – Madison

NJIT – Newark

Rutgers – New Brunswick

Stevens – Hoboken

Middlesex County College

Raritan Valley Community College

Hotels/Conference Sites

Hilton – Parsippany (Route 10)

Hyatt Regency – New Brunswick

Marriott – East Hanover (Route 10)

Company Sites

BMS

Ethicon – Somerville

ExxonMobil – Annandale

Honeywell – Morristown

J&J – New Brunswick

PTG Meeting Sites
future programs mini symposia1
Future Programs – Mini-symposia
  • Additional Topical Ideas
    • Inorganic-organic hybrid polymers and materials
    • Polymers in the 21st century (Faruq Marikar)
    • Polymers Day (S. Waller)
    • Progress in research processes and tools – parallel processing, combinatorial methods
    • Hot topics forum – click chemistry, ionic liquids, catalysts, biomemitics, pro-performance
    • Renewable energy and feedstocks – fuel cells, biomass, biodiesel
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