The Crowne Plaza, Chester, Cheshire
The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester was the venue for this years APACT and, once again, the conference was rated as highly successful with a strong line-up of internationally renowned plenary and keynote speakers. Special thanks to all the presenters from both home and international locations who delivered excellent presentations and whose contributions are much appreciated.
Three pre-conference courses were offered and these were very well received by participants:
- Introduction to Process Control
- Introduction to Chemometrics
- Classisal Least Square Methods/ Multi-block, Multi-set, Multi-level and Data Fusion Methods
Social activities were also enjoyed with a reception and tour of Chester Cathedral (after an escorted walk by some Roman soldiers!) in the evening of day 1, and a conference dinner and casino event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel following the programme on day 2.
However, it was clear from feedback that the highlight of the conference was the unique Exhibitors’ Showcase which took place in two parts and featured short presentations by the vendor companies who participated in the conference exhibition. The showcase chairman, David Littlejohn, provided a humorous lead to the sessions, and the contributors followed suit, catching the spirit of the show and making it entertaining and memorable! A bottle of champagne was awarded to the best showcase and this year was won by Siemens.
The poster exhibition was also well supported and provided an opportunity for both students and industrialists to present their work to a select audience. The poster prize, sponsored by Clairet Scientific, was awarded jointly to James Thomson, University of Manchester and Yehia Amar, University of Cambridge.
Also of note from the conference survey forms were comments regarding the special atmosphere which is prevalent at APACT conferences, making it a friendly and useful gathering of like-minded scientists and engineers, which not only informs and updates on advances in process analytics and control technologies, but also promotes excellent networking opportunities for users and vendors alike.
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