Some 2,000 chemists are currently wandering around an old Fiat car factory in Torino, Italy. The factory has been converted into a mall, hotel, and mega conference center, and we are all here for the European Association for Chemical & Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) conference.
(EuCheMS is an affiliation of chemical associations from some 35 countries across Europe, representing some 150,000 people. The conference is Europe’s answer to the ACS meeting, but on a smaller scale. Also, the EuCheMS conference happens only every two years, as opposed to ACS's twice per year.)
Before popping inside the refurbished factory to see K. C. Nicolaou and Martyn Poliakoff give opening plenary lectures, I hit the roof, where there’s a retired racetrack with an amazing view of Torino and the nearby Alps foothills.
I discovered the racetrack last year when I was here for the IUPAC conference. Besides being a cool place to watch the sunset and to shoot racecar movies (I disrupted a film set), it’s an awesome place to jog. And to, uh, talk chemistry.