This year, the chemistry students of Cape Breton University are excited to be hosting the 37th annual Science Atlantic student chemistry conference (ChemCon) for the first time since 2003. They won the bid to host over competing universities, Memorial University, Acadia University and the University of New Brunswick due to their enthusiasm and excitement.
ChemCon 2012 will run from May 15-18 and will bring to Cape Breton nearly 200 delegates, including students, faculty, and representatives of industry from across the Atlantic Provinces.
This is a student-organized conference where students will have the opportunity to share their own current, cutting-edge research projects over two full days of oral and poster presentations, as well as participate in innovative and interactive discussions with leaders of Atlantic Canadian industry and research. A career fair will be set up providing students with an opportunity to interact with local, national, and international companies who are involved in the sciences and engineering. The conference will also be highlighted by several social events that will showcase the community of Sydney, such as a banquet hosted in downtown Sydney and a Cape Breton Kitchen Party featuring the musical talent of Colin Grant. The conference provides ample opportunity for networking, concluding with the banquet at which several student awards will be presented, some of which are industry-sponsored.
A highlight of this year’s conference will be green chemistry. Green chemistry is defined as the invention, design and application of chemical products and processes to reduce or to eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances and waste. The organizing committee is honoured to host the conference in CBU`s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment (CSEE). This conference is the perfect opportunity to showcase CBU’s cutting-edge, fully green facility to a regional forum and to demonstrate the excellence in scientific research happening right here in Sydney N.S. The student delegates will have the opportunity to present their research in a modern and environmentally sustainable building and will have access to various conference rooms and a state-of-the-art lecture theatre. There will also be an opportunity to tour the remediation project at the Sydney Tar Ponds.
CBU chemistry students have attended this conference in past years and have always had such a great time. They are extremely excited to host this year and look forward to showing visiting delegates some Cape Breton hospitality!