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Welcome Message from the Organizing Committee Chair

Neil BurfordOn behalf of the Congress Organizing Committee for IUPAC | CCCE 2021, I am delighted to invite you to the 51st IUPAC General Assembly, 48th World Chemistry Congress (WCC), and 104th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CCCE). The events are hosted in partnership with the Canadian Society for Chemistry, the Canadian National Committee for IUPAC (CNC-IUPAC), and the National Research Council Canada. In order to ensure the health and safety of our delegates, speakers, exhibitors, staff, and community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, IUPAC | CCCE 2021 will be a fully virtual event, August 13 – 20, 2021.

Under the theme of “Solving Global Challenges with Chemistry” the program of IUPAC | CCCE 2021 emphasizes the vital role of chemistry in the future of society. The themes of the WCC highlight the importance of chemistry in energy, health, society, sustainability and frontier discovery and development. World class scholars have been identified to provide plenary lectures to lead each of the five themes, which collectively offer 85+ technical symposia.

We look forward to welcoming you with Canadian tradition.


Neil Burford

Chair, Congress Organizing Committee

Honorary Chair of the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress (WCC)

John C. Polanyi
Department of Chemistry
University of Toronto

Congress Organizing Committee

Neil Burford, University of Victoria, Chair of Local Organizing Committee

Bruce Lennox, McGill University, Chair of World Chemistry Congress

Shan Zou, National Research Council Canada, General Assembly

Kim Baines, University of Western Ontario, Technical Program Co-Chair

Jeremy Melanson, National Research Council of Canada, Technical Program Co-Chair

Marc Janes, NuChem Therapeutics, CSC Industry Liaison

Joan KingstonCanadian Society for Chemistry, Conference Event Management and Finance

Claire DuncanCanadian Society for Chemistry, Marketing and Communications

Paul Smith, Chemical Institute of Canada, Executive Director (Interim)