NECZA is an outgrowth of discussions held after sessions at the 1997 Zeolite and Layered Materials Gordon Conference, Chaired by Charles Kresge. NECZA seeks to maximize discussion and interactions between the scientists who are attending the meeting. As such, the technical program tends to be a bit flexible with contributions from a variety of backgrounds.
Traditionally, speakers are encouraged to prepare "provocative" talks and to rigorously keep to the time for their talk which includes 5 to 10 minutes discussion time. The audience is STRONGLY encouraged to "participate" (even, for example, by bringing 1 - 2 overheads related to the talks to open up discussion). The abstracts of presentations are attached.
The poster session and graduate student talks have been a staple of NECZA meetings. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to 'get their feet wet' in a relatively friendly setting.
We very much look forward to another fruitful and engaging NECZA meeting, made possible by your participation. The NECZA meeting serves as a nice cap to the year's activities and we look forward to catching up with you all and hearing about your nice work at this December tradition.
Please forward this note on to your colleagues, or any others you feel might have interest, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
We hope to see you at the next NECZA meeting.
At the 20th meeting of NECZA held on December 9, 2016, David Olson and Edith Flanigen reported a brief history of the organization. David concentrated on the history and Edith on the content of the first meeting.
At the 1997 Gorden Research Conference on Zeolites, organized by Charlie Kresge and held in New Hampshire, a small ad hoc meeting was called and lead by John Parise. The purpose was to discuss the formation of a regional zeolite meeting attracting attendees from zeolite researchers working in the northeast corridor area. The name North East Corridor Zeolite Association, NECZA (conference) was likely set at this meeting. Those in attendance included John Parise, Charlie Kresge, Edith Flanigen, Guenter Kuehl, and others. Edith agreed to work on moving this idea forward. During the course of the conference I (David) became aware of this idea.
Within a month or two Edith, Guenter, George Kokotailo, Beatrice Gooding and I meet at the Univ. of Pennsylvania to make plans for our first meeting. We decided the following:
The first conference was held December 12th in the Lynch Conference room of the Chemistry Department of the U of Penn. Edith Flanigen was the program chair. The executive committee was listed as, John Parise, Chair, Beatrice Gooding Secretary, David Olson and Brian Toby members. Sixty people attended this first NECZA conference. At the conclusion of the meeting, all attendees were in favor of holding a second conference in 1998. A program committee chair was chosen for this second meeting. We were off and running.
For several years the NECZA organizational structure consisted primarily of the program chair, poster chair (chosen by the program chair), the treasurer and local arrangement chair. Because of John Parise's other commitments the position of president was essentially vacant. Attendance was typically 50 to 60.
A few years after that first meeting, Istvan Halaz recommended that we elect a president. Istvan was elected as president.
A step change occurred in 2011. Chuck Coe took the position of program chair. Chuck and others felt we could significantly increase our attendance. With a very fine program and expanded publicity the attendance increased to ~90 and it has remained at this high level.
There have been several advances in the NECZA organization since those early meetings. These include: the formation of a fine Website, currently maintained and updated by Kirk Schmitt, a duly elected president with a specified term limit, currently Chuck Coe is the president, a fine larger lecture hall, and a sizable functioning executive committee.
Poster session notes from earlier meetings.
Summary of 2019 NECZA Poster Session|
This year's poster session was a success with great turnout and participation. The session included 12 participants, of which 8 entered the poster competition. Students and postdocs from 6 universities, as well as a national lab scientist, took part in the poster session. The two winners of the competition were:
Each of the winners received a $100 prize and had the opportunity to discuss their research in a 15-minute presentation during the afternoon session of the NECZA meeting. On behalf of the NECZA organizing committee, thank you to all those who participated in the poster session - you were a large reason why the whole meeting was a success!Joshua Pacheco