Mechanochemistry: From Functional Solids to Single Molecules Faraday Discussion 170, May 21-23 in Montreal, has a March 10 poster abstracts deadline. The event is organized by the Catalysis Division of the Chemical­ Institute of Canada and the Royal Society of Chemistry, the largest organization in Europe advancing the chemical sciences. 

It’s the International Year of Crystallography! To enhance public understanding of the importance of crystallography in our daily lives, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2014 the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014). UNESCO, along with the International­ Union of Crystallography, will be undertaking educational and capacity-building activities all year long. IYCr2014 also acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the Nobel­ Prize in Chemistry, awarded to United Kingdom chemist Dorothy Hodgkin for her work on vitamin B12 and penicillin. As one of the countries that hosts an annual crystal growing competition, Canada has been asked to share its crystal knowledge with other countries. The Chemical Institute of Canada will announce upcoming IYCr2014 events in the near future.

Register this February for the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s (CSC) 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, in Vancouver June 1-5. Enjoy a reduced registration rate (undergraduates to full fee) by becoming a CSC member. Other CSC benefits include: discounts on conferences, courses and workshops, a subscription to the Canadian Chemical News (ACCN), career­ services and group rate insurance discounts. Go to www.csc2014.ca/registration/registration.html.

It’s prep time for the Canadian Chemistry Contest (CCC), which gives high school and Cégep students the opportunity­ to measure themselves against fellow­ students­ throughout the nation. The April 14 exam is carried­ out in conjunction with the annual Canadian Chemistry Olympiad (CCO). Top CCO students participate in the Canadian National Olympiad Finals and the prestigious International Chemistry Olympiad. Go to www.cheminst.ca/outreach/canadian-chemistry-contest

The International Chemical Congress of Pacific­ Basin­ Societies, or Pacifichem 2015, second round symposium proposals deadline is March 1. Go to www.pacifichem.org.