The Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (PTC) subject division is hosting a series of online seminars in the field of physical, theoretical, and computational chemistry.

Following in the footsteps of the Global Inorganic Discussion Weekdays (GIDW), we proposed a similar series focused on Physical, Theoretical, and Computational (PTC) Chemistry. The PTC seminar series aims to bring these chemistry communities together for biweekly seminars from individuals at different career levels, and from academia, government, and industry.

The PTC seminar series is hosted biweekly starting Tuesday, September 22 at 2:00 PM ET.

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How to join:

  • Once you have registered for the symposium series, you will receive a unique link to access the webinar. Please do not distribute this link.
  • Registration will be confirmed for upcoming sessions between September 22, 2020 to December 1, 2020. Should the series be extended you will be notified by email. 

Upcoming Events & Speakers

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 2:00 PM ET

Dynamic Electron Correlation for Multireference Problems

Katarzyna Pernal
Lodz University of Technology, Poland

Shining New Light on the Control and Understanding of Material Properties

Bradley J. Siwick
McGill University

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 2:00 PM ET


Anja Röder
University of Ottawa/NRC


Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 2:00 PM ET



Scott Hopkins
University of Waterloo

Past Events

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 2:00 PM ET

Pawl Tecmer

Electron correlation effects in complex electronic structures from the pCCD model and beyond

Pawel Tecmer
Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland

Pat Clancy

Spin‐orbit driven ground states in Iridium‐based quantum materials

Pat Clancy
McMaster University

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 2:00 PM ET

Stacey Wetmore

Computer Modeling of DNA Repair

Stacey Wetmore
University of Lethbridge

Zoey Leonenko

Biophysical study of Alzheimer's disease

Zoya Leonenko
University of Waterloo

Tuesday, September 22, 2002, 2:00 PM ET

Hosted by Ryan MacDonell, University of Sydney

Dispersion Interactions in DFT and Application to Molecular Crystal-Structure Prediction

Erin Johnson
Dalhousie University


Seeing the invisible by solution NMR spectroscopy

Lewis Kay
University of Toronto

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The seminars are intended to represent the full diversity of the physical, theoretical, and computational chemistry community. This includes gender, ethnicity, location, type of institution, and career stage. Participants are encouraged to contact the organizers to address concerns about ways in which underrepresented groups are excluded or if accommodations are required.

All participants are required to treat each other and the speakers respectfully. This includes during the seminars, on the mailing list, and on the slack channel. Rude or inappropriate language will not be tolerated.

At the discretion of the speaker, some seminars will be recorded by the CSC and will be available for a period of time after the seminar. No other recordings or screenshots should be made of the seminars unless explicit permission is given by the speaker.

About the organizers

Ryan J. MacDonell
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney, Australia (Ivan Kassal)
PhD, University of Ottawa (Michael Schuurman, NRC)

Alex Brown, MCIC
Professor, University of Alberta, Canada
PhD, University of Western Ontario (W.J. Meath)

James W. Gauld (he/him), MCIC
Professor, University of Windsor, Canada
PhD, Australian National University (Leo Radom)
Killam Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University (Russ J. Boyd)
Co-founder LGBTQ+ in STEM Conference (Canada)

Meagan S. Oakley, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Minnesota, USA
PhD, University of Alberta (Mariusz Klobukowski)

Drew Marquardt, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Windsor, Canada
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (John Katsaras)
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Graz (Georg Pabst)
PhD, Brock University (Thad Harroun)

Christopher Rowley
Associate Professor, Memorial University, Canada
Ph.D. University of Ottawa
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago