University of Calgary

National chemistry conference

UToday HomeMay 10, 2012

Conference chair and chemistry professor, Warren Piers, says more than 2,000 people from around the world will attend the 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Calgary later this month.University of Calgary chemical scientists and graduate students will take ‘centre stage’ at a national chemistry conference May 26-30 in the city.

The 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the TELUS Convention Centre downtown, is the largest annual gathering in Canada of chemical scientists from all sub-disciplines, says conference chair and chemistry professor Warren Piers.

“This is the most important venue the Canadian chemistry community has for exchanging research results, networking and socializing,” he says.

More than 2,000 attendees from across the world are expected, including speakers from North America, Europe and Japan.

With the theme “Energizing Chemistry,” the conference program features a dozen presentations focused on all facets of the energy industry, including the oil sands and other fossil fuels, solar energy and fuel cells.

Many faculty and graduate students from the chemistry and biological sciences departments will be presenting papers and posters throughout the conference.

“The whole department of chemistry will certainly be at this conference,” Piers says. “In addition to faculty, this is the premiere venue for graduate students to speak about their research.”

For the first time in the conference’s history, there will be a symposium, called “Energy Futures,” showcasing the seven best Canadian graduate students engaged in energy-related chemical research.

The university’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) is sponsoring the Energy Futures symposium.

ISEEE also will have a booth in the exhibition of nearly 50 organizations, which includes local-to-international companies and research organizations.

The highly anticipated conference plenary speaker is Thomas J. Meyer, the Arey Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Meyer, a global expert on solar energy conversion and artificial photosynthesis, will be speaking Tuesday afternoon (May 29) on “Finding the Way to Solar Fuels” by using catalysts to convert sunlight into hydrogen and oxygen – useful fuels.

Conference organizers are making 50 free tickets available, mainly to the downtown energy business community and interested academics, as Meyer’s talk will be fairly technical (to register for a ticket, visit

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