The fourth annual Leaders Overcoming Gender Inequality in Chemistry (LOGIC) conference, focused on equity, diversity and inclusion in chemistry, is generally held as an in-person satellite meeting the weekend before the CCCE. However, due to the growing cases of COVID-19 across Canada, and the commitment of LOGIC organizers to the safety and well-being of our speakers, organizers, and attendees, we have decided to cancel our in-person conference.
That being said, we are happy to announce that we will be moving LOGIC2020 to an online platform with free registration. We have also partnered with CWIC Network to include previously scheduled CCCE 2020 EDI session “Forming Allies in the Canadian Chemistry Community” into LOGIC. That said, we want to greatly thank the continued support from our sponsors, invited speakers, and members of our scientific community through this shift in platform.
The online programming will consist of pre-recorded seminars, live-streamed workshops and panel discussions, and an online poster session. Interactive sessions are programmed to allow further the discussion of recorded talks as well as during our live-sessions.
Video seminars will be posted during the week of May 18th to 22nd, 2020. Confirmed webinar talks will include Dr. Jess Wade, Ana Sofia Barrows, Dr. Rebecca Melen, Dr. James Gauld, and Dr. Erika Merschrod. Attendees will be given the opportunity to participate in a scheduled Q&A session with the speakers during the same week, either live or via a forum chat.
We are also working to ensure there are many opportunities for attendees to interact, as this was one of the main features of LOGIC. Workshops and a panel discussion will be streamed during the weekend of May 23rd and 24th, and a networking session via an online platform will occur. Attendees are encouraged to submit a short video introducing themselves and a research flash talk to submit to our website for other attendees to watch and interact with.
A poster session, scheduled during the week of May 18 – 22, will be held over Twitter. This session will allow presenters to showcase their individual or group efforts in any non-academic area, such as EDI work, science policy, science communication, women in chemistry groups, etc. This poster session will be judged and