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Note that while the meeting is virtual, all times listed here are in Pacific Time, according to the local time in San Francisco, CA.

Networking events are highlighted in YELLOW.

Symposia and other events are highlighted in BLUE.

To attend both technical symposia and networking events, you must be a registered attendee.

For the most up-to-date information on program locations and times, please see the Online Planner at: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/national-meeting/agenda/program.html

All Events
Don’t Hesitate, Accommodate at Work: Networking with PROF CWD
Opening Session
Networking from Home: A New (Virtual) Reality
Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusive Chemistry Curriculum
Women Supporting Women: Networking with Women Chemists
International Collaboration: Ethics and Opportunities
Chemists take on the Golden City (Virtually): Networking with PROF Ethics
Kavli Lecture
Oh, the Places We’ll Go! Networking with PROF International Chemists
Ethics and Research in Chemical Education
Name of the Game: Trans Authors’ Rights: Networking with PROF GTCA
Healthcare in America: Where We've Been & Where We Can Go
Sci-Mix
Kavli Lecture
Planning for Retirement
Learn to Lead: ACS Opportunities for Younger Chemists at the Regional and National Levels
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Picking the right department and mentor for your needs
A Braggable Brand: Defining Yourself and Telling the World
Get to Know PROF: The Division for all Chemists

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
7:00 am
Don’t Hesitate, Accommodate at Work: Networking with PROF CWD

7:00 am

8:00 am

Bring a cup of coffee or your favorite pick me up and chat with the ACS PROF CWD Subdivision on “What types of accommodations do you use in the workplace.”

Chemists take on the Golden City (Virtually): Networking with PROF Ethics

7:00 am

8:00 am

Thinking about what you would be doing had the conference been in San Francisco? Would you visit the Golden Gate Bridge? Or take a trip to Wine Country? Join the PROF Ethics subdivision as we take a virtual vacation and play some Ethics trivia along the way.

8:00 am
Opening Session

8:00 am

9:00 am

We are all Heroes in Moving Chemistry from Bench to Market

Kavli Lecture

8:00 am

9:00 am

Innovator’s Guide to Industrial Impact

Kavli Lecture

8:00 am

9:00 am

Art of Building Small

9:00 am
Networking from Home: A New (Virtual) Reality

9:00 am

10:00 am

2020 has not been what we thought it would be. The pandemic has made networking more difficult than ever before. Networking may be more challenging but its not impossible. Grab a cup of coffee and join Matt Grandbois as we discuss ways to network effectively from home.

Oh, the Places We’ll Go! Networking with PROF International Chemists

9:00 am

10:00 am

Networking can go past the usual questions of where do you work and what are your scientific interests? Learn where fellow chemists like to travel and why in our networking session with the International Chemists subdivision.

A Braggable Brand: Defining Yourself and Telling the World

9:00 am

10:00 am

In this virtual new normal, it is more important now than ever to grow your brand. Is your LinkedIn up to date? Do you have a mission statement for yourself? These can shape how you view your career for years to come. Grab a cup of liquid energy (coffee) and join PROF with some strategies to build a personal brand worth bragging about!

10:00 am
Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusive Chemistry Curriculum

10:00 am

12:00 pm

High impact practices such as undergraduate research and project-based learning are known to engage all students, but are especially impactful for non-majority students. Inclusive efforts to increase retention and success of all students through curriculum redesign are underway at many institutes of higher education.  In this session, inclusion and diversity experts will discuss the imperative for pedagogical change and provide the skills and framework for building an inclusive classroom, such as developing a scaffolded syllabus, writing clear learning objectives, using engaging first-day activities, and using diverse assessments. Chemical educators will share their expertise and experiences including but not limited to developing project-based curricula, using backwards course design, improving success with diverse populations, engaging students in course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), communicating with large courses, and developing future teacher-scholars through Teacher-Scholar postdocs. We welcome educators to share their inclusive pedagogy ideas and implementation challenges in this session.

Planning for Retirement

10:00 am

12:00 pm

11:00 am
12:00 pm
Women Supporting Women: Networking with Women Chemists

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

Join the PROF WC subdivision and the WCC as we discuss ways for women to support each other and increase the recognition we deserve!

Name of the Game: Trans Authors’ Rights: Networking with PROF GTCA

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

Join the GTCA subdivision of PROF and discuss “Names matter: How science publication records impact trans authors”

1:00 pm
International Collaboration: Ethics and Opportunities

1:00 pm

3:00 pm

International collaborations in academia, industry and administration are indispensable to drive innovation and production in the chemical enterprise. Commonly accepted standards and ethical decision-making are essential to enable and sustain international collaborations. The evolution of a globally shared science ethics will be the focus of this symposium. Contributions are sought on a broad range of topics including project design, responsible conduct of research, working with human subjects, data ownership and protecting intellectual property, shared authorship and dissemination of data, funding international collaborations, workplace conditions, safety, environmental stewardship, accountability, and regulation and how these affect collaborations. Case studies and best practices will be discussed. 

Healthcare in America: Where We’ve Been & Where We Can Go

1:00 pm

3:00 pm

Healthcare in America is described by some as the “best in the world”, but by many measures, e.g., infant mortality, chronic diseases, diet, quality of life and lifespan, USA is not near the top. How did we get this way and what can be done to improve the quality and lower the cost of healthcare in America.

Planning for Retirement

1:00 pm

3:00 pm

2:00 pm
3:00 pm
Sci-Mix

3:00 pm

5:00 pm

Learn to Lead: ACS Opportunities for Younger Chemists at the Regional and National Levels

3:00 pm

4:00 pm

Younger chemists are more active than ever in this virtual world but finding a way to get involved can be daunting at times. Join the PROF YC subdivision as we discuss leadership opportunities within the ACS at the regional and national level.

Get to Know PROF: The Division for all Chemists

3:00 pm

4:00 pm

Ever wonder what the ACS Division of Professional Relations Does? Have you seen PROF or DPR as a cosponsor of an event and want to find out more? Grab your happy hour beverage and a snack and join two of our members in learning about our division and what we can provide for you!

4:00 pm
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Picking the right department and mentor for your needs

4:00 pm

5:00 pm

Science plays a large role in deciding where you will take your graduate studies or your first job but equally important is finding your career mentor. These decisions can shape your entire career and require a lot of thought. PROF YC subdivision is here to help. Grab your favorite cocktail or mocktail and discuss ways to find the right environment for you!

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
7:00 am
Don’t Hesitate, Accommodate at Work: Networking with PROF CWD

7:00 am

8:00 am

Bring a cup of coffee or your favorite pick me up and chat with the ACS PROF CWD Subdivision on “What types of accommodations do you use in the workplace.”

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
8:00 am
Opening Session

8:00 am

9:00 am

We are all Heroes in Moving Chemistry from Bench to Market

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
9:00 am
Networking from Home: A New (Virtual) Reality

9:00 am

10:00 am

2020 has not been what we thought it would be. The pandemic has made networking more difficult than ever before. Networking may be more challenging but its not impossible. Grab a cup of coffee and join Matt Grandbois as we discuss ways to network effectively from home.

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
10:00 am
Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusive Chemistry Curriculum

10:00 am

12:00 pm

High impact practices such as undergraduate research and project-based learning are known to engage all students, but are especially impactful for non-majority students. Inclusive efforts to increase retention and success of all students through curriculum redesign are underway at many institutes of higher education.  In this session, inclusion and diversity experts will discuss the imperative for pedagogical change and provide the skills and framework for building an inclusive classroom, such as developing a scaffolded syllabus, writing clear learning objectives, using engaging first-day activities, and using diverse assessments. Chemical educators will share their expertise and experiences including but not limited to developing project-based curricula, using backwards course design, improving success with diverse populations, engaging students in course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), communicating with large courses, and developing future teacher-scholars through Teacher-Scholar postdocs. We welcome educators to share their inclusive pedagogy ideas and implementation challenges in this session.

11:00 am
Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
12:00 pm
Women Supporting Women: Networking with Women Chemists

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

Join the PROF WC subdivision and the WCC as we discuss ways for women to support each other and increase the recognition we deserve!

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
1:00 pm
International Collaboration: Ethics and Opportunities

1:00 pm

3:00 pm

International collaborations in academia, industry and administration are indispensable to drive innovation and production in the chemical enterprise. Commonly accepted standards and ethical decision-making are essential to enable and sustain international collaborations. The evolution of a globally shared science ethics will be the focus of this symposium. Contributions are sought on a broad range of topics including project design, responsible conduct of research, working with human subjects, data ownership and protecting intellectual property, shared authorship and dissemination of data, funding international collaborations, workplace conditions, safety, environmental stewardship, accountability, and regulation and how these affect collaborations. Case studies and best practices will be discussed. 

2:00 pm
Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
7:00 am
Chemists take on the Golden City (Virtually): Networking with PROF Ethics

7:00 am

8:00 am

Thinking about what you would be doing had the conference been in San Francisco? Would you visit the Golden Gate Bridge? Or take a trip to Wine Country? Join the PROF Ethics subdivision as we take a virtual vacation and play some Ethics trivia along the way.

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
8:00 am
Kavli Lecture

8:00 am

9:00 am

Innovator’s Guide to Industrial Impact

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
9:00 am
Oh, the Places We’ll Go! Networking with PROF International Chemists

9:00 am

10:00 am

Networking can go past the usual questions of where do you work and what are your scientific interests? Learn where fellow chemists like to travel and why in our networking session with the International Chemists subdivision.

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
10:00 am
11:00 am
Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
12:00 pm
Name of the Game: Trans Authors’ Rights: Networking with PROF GTCA

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

Join the GTCA subdivision of PROF and discuss “Names matter: How science publication records impact trans authors”

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
1:00 pm
Healthcare in America: Where We’ve Been & Where We Can Go

1:00 pm

3:00 pm

Healthcare in America is described by some as the “best in the world”, but by many measures, e.g., infant mortality, chronic diseases, diet, quality of life and lifespan, USA is not near the top. How did we get this way and what can be done to improve the quality and lower the cost of healthcare in America.

2:00 pm
Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
3:00 pm
Sci-Mix

3:00 pm

5:00 pm

4:00 pm
Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
8:00 am
Kavli Lecture

8:00 am

9:00 am

Art of Building Small

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
10:00 am
Planning for Retirement

10:00 am

12:00 pm

11:00 am
1:00 pm
Planning for Retirement

1:00 pm

3:00 pm

2:00 pm
Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
3:00 pm
Learn to Lead: ACS Opportunities for Younger Chemists at the Regional and National Levels

3:00 pm

4:00 pm

Younger chemists are more active than ever in this virtual world but finding a way to get involved can be daunting at times. Join the PROF YC subdivision as we discuss leadership opportunities within the ACS at the regional and national level.

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
4:00 pm
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Picking the right department and mentor for your needs

4:00 pm

5:00 pm

Science plays a large role in deciding where you will take your graduate studies or your first job but equally important is finding your career mentor. These decisions can shape your entire career and require a lot of thought. PROF YC subdivision is here to help. Grab your favorite cocktail or mocktail and discuss ways to find the right environment for you!

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
9:00 am
A Braggable Brand: Defining Yourself and Telling the World

9:00 am

10:00 am

In this virtual new normal, it is more important now than ever to grow your brand. Is your LinkedIn up to date? Do you have a mission statement for yourself? These can shape how you view your career for years to come. Grab a cup of liquid energy (coffee) and join PROF with some strategies to build a personal brand worth bragging about!

Monday August 17, 2020Tuesday August 18, 2020Wednesday August 19, 2020Thursday August 20, 2020
3:00 pm
Get to Know PROF: The Division for all Chemists

3:00 pm

4:00 pm

Ever wonder what the ACS Division of Professional Relations Does? Have you seen PROF or DPR as a cosponsor of an event and want to find out more? Grab your happy hour beverage and a snack and join two of our members in learning about our division and what we can provide for you!

Monday August 17, 2020


  • Don’t Hesitate, Accommodate at Work: Networking with PROF CWD

    7:00 am

    8:00 am

    Bring a cup of coffee or your favorite pick me up and chat with the ACS PROF CWD Subdivision on “What types of accommodations do you use in the workplace.”


  • Opening Session

    8:00 am

    9:00 am

    We are all Heroes in Moving Chemistry from Bench to Market


  • Networking from Home: A New (Virtual) Reality

    9:00 am

    10:00 am

    2020 has not been what we thought it would be. The pandemic has made networking more difficult than ever before. Networking may be more challenging but its not impossible. Grab a cup of coffee and join Matt Grandbois as we discuss ways to network effectively from home.


  • Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusive Chemistry Curriculum

    10:00 am

    12:00 pm

    High impact practices such as undergraduate research and project-based learning are known to engage all students, but are especially impactful for non-majority students. Inclusive efforts to increase retention and success of all students through curriculum redesign are underway at many institutes of higher education.  In this session, inclusion and diversity experts will discuss the imperative for pedagogical change and provide the skills and framework for building an inclusive classroom, such as developing a scaffolded syllabus, writing clear learning objectives, using engaging first-day activities, and using diverse assessments. Chemical educators will share their expertise and experiences including but not limited to developing project-based curricula, using backwards course design, improving success with diverse populations, engaging students in course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), communicating with large courses, and developing future teacher-scholars through Teacher-Scholar postdocs. We welcome educators to share their inclusive pedagogy ideas and implementation challenges in this session.


  • Women Supporting Women: Networking with Women Chemists

    12:00 pm

    1:00 pm

    Join the PROF WC subdivision and the WCC as we discuss ways for women to support each other and increase the recognition we deserve!


  • International Collaboration: Ethics and Opportunities

    1:00 pm

    3:00 pm

    International collaborations in academia, industry and administration are indispensable to drive innovation and production in the chemical enterprise. Commonly accepted standards and ethical decision-making are essential to enable and sustain international collaborations. The evolution of a globally shared science ethics will be the focus of this symposium. Contributions are sought on a broad range of topics including project design, responsible conduct of research, working with human subjects, data ownership and protecting intellectual property, shared authorship and dissemination of data, funding international collaborations, workplace conditions, safety, environmental stewardship, accountability, and regulation and how these affect collaborations. Case studies and best practices will be discussed. 

Tuesday August 18, 2020

Wednesday August 19, 2020

Thursday August 20, 2020


  • A Braggable Brand: Defining Yourself and Telling the World

    9:00 am

    10:00 am

    In this virtual new normal, it is more important now than ever to grow your brand. Is your LinkedIn up to date? Do you have a mission statement for yourself? These can shape how you view your career for years to come. Grab a cup of liquid energy (coffee) and join PROF with some strategies to build a personal brand worth bragging about!


  • Get to Know PROF: The Division for all Chemists

    3:00 pm

    4:00 pm

    Ever wonder what the ACS Division of Professional Relations Does? Have you seen PROF or DPR as a cosponsor of an event and want to find out more? Grab your happy hour beverage and a snack and join two of our members in learning about our division and what we can provide for you!

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