Special Sessions

Science Advocacy: Developing Relationships, Communicating Effectively

Cathleen Crudden, Queen's University (@cathleencrudden)

It is becoming more and more obvious that scientists need to involve themselves in government in order to advocate for science that will lead to better quality of life for those around the world. In order to accomplish this, knowledge of the workings of government, of how to communicate ideas effectively and how best to advocate for science is critical. This symposium will bring together some of the most important advocates for science in Canada, including: Mona Nemer, Canada's Chief Science Advisor; Rémi Quirion and Molly Shoichetcurrent and former science advisors to the Québec and Ontario governments; and Mario Pinto, President of NSERC.

Making Canadian Chemistry Stronger through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 


Stephanie MacQuarrie, Cape Breton University
CSC Working Group on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (WIDE)

Plenary Speaker:
Raychelle Burks, St. Edward's University (@DrRubidium)

Invited Speakers:
Polly Arnold,
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Lee Wilson, University of Saskatchewan

Contributed talks for this special sessions are welcome

Chemistry and our society are stronger when we have a diverse, equitable and inclusive profession. Our community embraces this idea, but many of us likely do not fully understand the additional barriers that our colleagues in equity-seeking groups have had to overcome to achieve success in our field. In this conference level symposium, we celebrate some of these colleagues who have to navigate issues of inclusion, diversity and equity in their career as they share their own experiences and personal journey in chemistry including how their experiences influenced their research and/or strategies for teaching.

Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Accommodation for Removing Barriers for Researchers and Students

Nola Etkin, University of Prince Edward Island
CSC Working Group on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (WIDE)

Contributed Talks Welcome
This symposium will bring together students, faculty, and other chemistry professionals to discuss best practices for removing barriers for those with disabilities, including physical and mental health issues in our workplaces and Universities.

Chemistry in Canada 2067: The Future Starts Now - Highlighting Undergraduate Research

Johanna Blacquiere, The University of Western Ontario (@jmblacquiere)

Contributed Pitch and Poster Presentations Welcome
As a chemical community we have always valued the importance of including undergraduate research training and internships as an integral part of our HQP plans and strategies. In this special conference level symposium we celebrate their contributions by providing a platform to elevate their research. In this special session, immediately following the session on “Science Advocacy: Developing Relationships, Communication Effectively”, the undergraduate student participants will be given a short time (3 minute thesis style) to present and market their poster that they present later that evening. This event will highlight undergraduate research and its place in the research/education/workplace mission. To achieve the goals of Canada 2067, The science of a successful tomorrow we acknowledge that the future starts now. Encourage your very best undergraduates to participate in this highlight event.

ChemiSTEAM - Putting the A(rt) in STEM

Vance Williams, Simon Fraser University (@vancew)
Brian Wagner, University of Prince Edward Island (@DrummerBoy2112)

Contributed Artwork Welcome
Discussions about chemistry often focus on the utility of our discipline. However, chemistry is not merely useful; it is also beautiful. As a celebration of the beauty of chemistry, the CCCE 2019 Conference will feature a juried exhibition of original chemistry-inspired art. We welcome submissions of still electronic images (in jpeg or pdf format) from all areas of chemistry, including images previously shared on social media. Send us photographs of experiments, computer-generated representations of theoretical concepts, reproductions of paintings, or any other images that relate to the field. Winning submissions will be displayed throughout the conference for all delegates to view and discuss, with a public exhibition component as well. This contest is open to all members of the CSC, with a limit of one image per person. Further details for submission will be available on the abstract submission site. This special session will also include an invited panel discussion event on the promotion of the beauty and artistry of chemistry through social media.

Submission details and artwork submission options for the ChemiSTEAM event will be posted here shortly. The deadline for submissions will be April 15, 2019.