The current abstract collection and management system, PACS, is set to retire at the end of 2014. The American Chemical Society (ACS) is working to have a new system available for abstract submission and administration by August 2014 in preparation for the 2015 spring national meeting in Denver, Colorado. ACS staff has been working closely with a member-based Advisory Group as well as program chairs and symposium organizers to identify the best vendor to assist ACS with its national meeting programming. The new vendor will be selected and announced during the Indianapolis national meeting.
In addition to replacing the current abstract system, the business process for managing abstracts will also be changed. With the new system, ACS volunteers will be able to request administrative assistance from staff. This new service will give divisions the opportunity to focus more on the content of their program while ACS staff works under their direction to organize the program within the abstract system.
We are looking to involved others in the process over the next 6-10 months. You can participate by joining us for one of the feedback sessions that will be held in Indianapolis. During these sessions you will be able to share information about your national/regional meeting programming experience to aid in the development and launch of the new system. In addition, you may also sign up to participate in the testing of the system which will occur during the first and second quarters of 2014. For more information on either of these opportunities to participate in the abstract replacement process, email firstname.lastname@example.org.