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ChemEd conference - Celebrating 50 years

Largest conference for high school chemical educators in North America

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ChemEd 2025

Summer 2025 in Colorado

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Best of ChemEd 2021

Over 1,000 educators attended AACT Summer 2021 Symposium

    Update: In-person conference will run from July 23-27, 2023!

    In 2023, ChemEd will be hosted by the University of Guelph. The conference will take place on campus allowing for hands-on labs, workshops, and demonstrations, along with a variety of events focused on teaching chemistry. It is a chance to be part of a community of dedicated and involved science teachers and educators. Reach out to us via email and/or Twitter.

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    This biennial conference is the largest in North America for educators involved in teaching high school and introductory chemistry. It is an opportunity for teachers and educators to gather for five days to learn and exchange their teaching ideas in a friendly and motivating environment. In recent years, the conference attendance has ranged from 400 to 800 educators.

    Preliminary schedule of dates

    Proposal Submissions for presentersNovember 1, 2022 – January 15, 2023
    Notice of Proposal AcceptanceFebruary 15, 2023
    Early Bird RegistrationMarch 1, 2023
    Regular RegistrationMay 1, 2023
    Preliminary Workshop & Events ScheduleJune 1, 2023
    Online Registration closeJune 30, 2023
    Opening CeremoniesJuly 23, 2023
    Workshops, Social Events and PlenariesJuly 24-27, 2023
    Closing Ceremonies and send-off BreakfastJuly 27, 2023
    Start planning for ChemEd 2025 in Colorado! July 28, 2023

    ChemEd 2023 will be the 50th anniversary for ChemEd and be hosted by the University of Guelph, returning to Canada where it began in 1973. The first ChemEd was held at the University of Waterloo and has matured having established many ChemEd traditions, such as the Reg Friesen lecture, an ice cream social, children/family program, Mole Day breakfast and Mole Stroll/Run. The end-of-conference celebration showcasing the hosting community was a tradition that began in its inaugural year.

    Looking ahead: Summer 2025 – Colorado School of Mines, Colorado will be hosting 2025!   (First ChemEd ever hosted in Colorado!)  

    Reflecting on our past: In the summer of 2021, we had over 1,000 educators from 54 countries join us at a free three-day virtual event hosted by AACT. Together ChemEd 2023 and 2025 committees organized the “Best of ChemEd” symposium. Nineteen educators presented along with online social events that highlighted what ChemEd is all about – a community of chemistry teachers sharing ideas, resources, and successes. Sessions were recorded and are posted on the AACT website for their members. Read about our summer sessions, their descriptions and presenters along with our social events and sponsors!

    Best of ChemEd by the numbers:

    • Overall unique attendees for over 3 days: 1007
    • Number of countries represented: 54
    • Number of days: 3
    • Tuesday attendance: 664
    • Wednesday attendance: 508
    • Thursday attendance: 653
    • Number of 2021 presenters: 18
    • Number of door prizes awarded in 2021: 86
    • Number of years of ChemEd in 2021: 48
    • Number of ChemEds: 26
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    Educators from 54 countries signed up to attend the Best of ChemEd 2021