About SACP + SSP

The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP), are non-profit organizations dedicated to furthering science education in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland.

To that end, with proceeds from Pittcon, we support member education programs, teacher and student awards, a wide variety of educational programs, and grant programs for high schools, colleges, and beginning university professors.

If you wish to speak to someone concerning SACP/SSP programs, awards, grants or membership, contact us:

(412) 825-3220, extension 215



The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP), was organized 1942 to advance analytical chemistry through science education. In 1945, this society became affiliated with the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) as its Analytical Group. Its first Analytical Symposium was held on February 6, 1946, with interest and participation in these symposia showing growth. In 1949, the first exposition of Modern Laboratory Equipment was held in conjunction with the symposium.

Since 1950, the SACP has been a co-sponsor along with her sister society – the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) – of Pittcon, the world’s largest annual conference and exposition on laboratory science. The society currently has over 400 members in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

The SACP is dedicated to the education of the membership, of the community and of the future scientists in our schools. By educating the children and the community, a new generation is being prepared to meet the future. Continuing Education helps to keep the members current with new technologies, instrumentation and methods. The society provides awards, scholarships and grants both locally and nationally.


The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) is a philanthropic, educational organization dedicated to enriching the study and practice of spectroscopy. We thrive thanks to our vibrant and enthusiastic volunteers. 

Since 1946, the SSP’s aim has been to promote scientific endeavors among spectroscopists at all professional levels. This is achieved through meetings, educational lectures and courses, mentorships, and access to a collaborative network of member-scientists.

Volunteers chosen from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, together with our sister organization, the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP), organize the annual Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, better known transnationally as Pittcon. 

It is from this annual conference and exposition that the SSP raises funds for its philanthropic efforts. Through Pittcon, the SSP and SACP donate approximately one million dollars each year to support various science outreach activities, including scholarships and internships, educator and scientific achievement awards, member and community educational programming, equipment grants, research grants, and grants to public science centers, libraries, and museums.

It’s simply a matter of interacting.

History + Mission

This SSP historical video was made by Dan Handley from the Heinz History Center, as an acknowledgement of the SSP support for the movie, The Undaunted, The Forgotten History of the Allegheny Observatory.

The video features the SSP’s historical background, including commentary by Helen Boylan, John Varine, and Marc Hubert.