As chemical science professionals, we know conferences are a key venue for professional development, networking, and scientific advancement and these principles stand true for a virtual event. A virtual IUPAC | CCCE 2021 has the added benefits of allowing you to:
- Save money by enjoying the conference in your favourite PJs without the costly travel, hotel, and food expenses;
- Replace travel time and long days with more time with loved ones;
- Participate in a more accessible event to allow your science to reach a global audience;
- Access people you want to talk to easily: no more awkwardly waiting for the speaker to finish talking to someone else before you can ask your questions;
- Reduce your environmental footprint;
- Build your conference experience around your busy schedule and maintain your work-life balance; and
- And, most importantly, protect the safety and well-being of our communities.
The IUPAC | CCCE 2021 organizing committee is working diligently to translate and optimize all the in-person programming for a virtual environment. This includes:
- All symposia including invited lectures, oral contributions, and panel discussions;
- Poster sessions;
- Exhibits; and
- Social and networking events.
The dates for IUPAC | CCCE 2021 will remain the same, with the World Chemistry Congress (WCC) and Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CCCE) occurring between August 16 – 20th; however, attendees will be given access to the platform before the start date of the event. Early access will allow you, as an attendee, ample time to view the on-demand presentations and prepare questions to ask speakers during the live discussion times.
The congress will strive to accommodate various time zones when scheduling; however, with delegates joining from across the globe we are aware that the scheduled times will not always be convenient. As a virtual event, we are pleased to be able to offer the scientific content on-demand so you will be able to view at your leisure, with additional ways to connect with speakers throughout the event.
We know that our attendees have busy schedules with ever changing responsibilities from work and home that can make attending a virtual conference difficult. To maximize your experience, we have shifted our scheduled events for IUPAC | CCCE 2021 to focus on live programming that encourages engagement and networking. With attendees joining from across the globe, this shift to on-demand scientific content and live engagement will allow you to build your conference experience around your own busy schedule. Within this schedule, you can expect to see multiple places where you can connect in real-time with other attendees and speakers, including:
- Daily plenary level discussions;
- Daily symposium level discussion sessions with speakers;
- Poster session discussions; and
- Virtual socials.
Please note the above-described live discussions will not be recorded.
The annual conferences will continue to serve as a venue for our chemical sciences community to create connections and future collaborations. While we cannot replicate an in-person experience, there will still be significant opportunities to network formally and informally at this virtual event.
Throughout the program, our live Q&A-style sessions with symposium speakers act as an informal opportunity to meet new members of the community. Reinvigorating the question-and-answer period, these Q&A-style sessions are no longer simply a back and forth with a speaker, but an open conversation with multiple people in the field. In addition to the live Q&A-style sessions, there will be various social events integrated into the program to provide new opportunities to meet with like-minded individuals. These socials will have various focuses and activities to meet the needs of our diverse membership. If you are interested in organizing a social event, connect with us!
Lastly, we understand that not everyone will be able to meet during the scheduled times. Throughout the event, you will be able to use the platform’s integrated networking capabilities to reach out to other attendees to learn more about their research and form meaningful connections. Connecting has never been easier, with just a click of a button.
We recognize that presenting virtually may be a new experience for many. To alleviate concerns for presenters, session chairs, and session organizers, we will be offering additional resources and training material. These additional resources will be posted at a later date.
IUPAC | CCCE 2021 will include daily plenaries, 40+ award lectures, 400+ invited lectures, and 2500+ contributed oral and poster presentations from chemical science professionals across the globe, all available on-demand.
Oral presentations will include an on-demand and a live portion. To optimize the accessibility of the scientific content, the talk will be uploaded in advance of the congress and made available to attendees prior to the opening and for the duration of the event. Most of these on-demand talks will be 15 min, with 30 min talks for select invited speakers. The on-demand content will be complemented by a scheduled, live, Q&A-style session during the week of the congress. These live sessions will bring together up to 10 speakers (depending on the number of speakers in the half-day session) to answer questions from attendees, discuss their work with like-minded peers, and build connections. Attendees are encouraged to review the on-demand content in the symposium prior to attending the live Q&A-style sessions to prepare questions for the speakers.
IUPAC | CCCE 2021 will include daily poster sessions highlighting diverse groups of researchers in the chemical sciences. While we are still finalizing the details of the poster sessions, speakers should expect to prepare a poster for upload and presentation and be available for an hour-long period to discuss their work in real-time.
In addition to the discussion periods described above, there will be additional mechanisms to engage with these oral and poster presentations throughout the event at your leisure.
To ensure you, as an attendee, have enough time to view the high volume of scientific presentations, we will be opening access to the on-demand presentation in advance of the opening of the WCC and CCCE on August 15. These on-demand presentations will then be available for the duration of the event, and for a limited time after the event. These presentations will only be accessible to registered conference attendees.
Because of the extended abstract submission period, we will be providing our symposium organizers with additional time to review abstracts and schedule their program. Presenters should anticipate an update on their abstract status and whether it has been accepted by May 2021.
The preliminary program will be available in May 2021.
Additional guidelines for your pre-recorded presentation are currently being prepared.
To withdraw your abstract please email CCCE@cheminst.ca, including your name and abstract ID number.
We encourage you to take advantage of our early-bird registration fees to register by July 12, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET. By registering in advance of this deadline, you will ensure a smooth transition into the virtual event, receive all relevant information for the event, and save!
IUPAC | CCCE 2021 will not have a hard registration deadline; general attendees will be able to register at any time throughout the virtual event at a higher rate after the early-bird deadline.
Registration will be required to view the events within World Chemistry Congress and Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, including all plenary sessions, on-demand technical sessions, live discussions, and socials.
Registration rates for the virtual event will be available shortly on the IUPAC | CCCE 2021 website. Registration will open in February, 2021.
Join the CSC to access reduced registration rates. Your membership helps the society support the Canadian chemical science community with programming and initiatives throughout the year in addition to the conference.
As a non-profit organization, we take pride in offering our services to the community at the lowest cost possible and our virtual registration rates are no exception. While facilitating a virtual event helps us reduce our registration rates, virtual events still require:
- A dedicated staff to organize an engaging and exciting event; and
- A virtual event platform that allows for an all-inclusive and value-adding experience, including: an intuitive interface, on-demand access to scientific content, integrated networking opportunities, simple presentation uploading, access to an interactive exhibition hall, and a customizable conference schedule.
Sponsorship and exhibition
Yes, attendees can expect to be able to engage with exhibitors from the chemical sciences.
This virtual event has many opportunities for your company to reach chemists across the world, including different sponsorship and exhibition options to help you meet your key business objectives. Please reach out to our Marketing and Partnerships Coordinator for further details.