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Congress Ancillary Events

Congress Ancillary Events

Melbourne Convention Centre

Chem-E-Car Competition

Chem-E-Car Competition where teams of students build a model car. The objective of this competition is to design and construct a car that uses a chemical reaction or reactions to power it and to control the distance it travels carrying a specified load. The goal of the competition is to have the car stop closest to a specified finish line while carrying a specified load. The competition is about demonstrating ability to control a chemical reaction.


Public Lecture Program

Public Lecture Program where leading chemists attending the congress will give lectures “after hours” to the public. These include Nobel Laureates, Professor Robert Grubbs, and Professor Ada Yonath, and a very strong program of internationally and nationally renowned chemists.

Global Chemists

Global Chemists' Code of Ethics

American Chemical Society

The ACS Global Chemists' Code of Ethics workshop will take place from July 18-22 as part of Science & Technology Leadership Institutes Program (GCCE STLIP).

This is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Chemical Security Program. This train-the-trainer event will bring 25 early career chemists and chemical engineers from select Asian countries to be instructed in ethics related topics such as Publishing Research, Communicating Science, and Safety & Security. At the end of the week participants will present their plan to recreate one of these presentations for their home institution.

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50 Years of Chemistry at La Trobe University

Date: Friday 21 July 2017
Location: La Trobe University, Bundoora

A one day scientific symposium is being held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Department of Chemistry at La Trobe University, featuring speakers who are all former staff and students. Current research students will display posters and there will be the opportunity to see our new laboratory facilities in the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS).

The 50 Years of Chemistry dinner will follow in the Union Building. All current and former staff and students of the department (including partners) are welcome.

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Speakers include:

  • Dr Jacqui Gulbis – Group Leader, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
  • Professor Spas Koley – School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne
  • Professor David Craik – Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland
  • Professor Phillip Marriott – School of Chemistry, Monash University
  • Professor Alan Bond – School of Chemistry, Monash University
  • Dr Anastasios Polyzos – School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Tony Wedd – School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Charles Young – Department of Chemistry and Physics, La Trobe University
  • Dr Melinda Christophersen – Manager, Analytical Services – Carlton United Breweries

Chemistry ECR Development Day

Date: Sunday 23rd July,
Time: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Venue: RMIT City Campus, Swanston Academic Building, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Tailored for those who are less than 5 years into an independent career (whether research-focussed or research/teaching). Hear tips from senior researchers and discuss topics that are challenging for all ECRs, including:

  • Securing competitive grant funding
  • Engaging with industry
  • Moving towards permanency
  • Establishing good collaborations
  • Managing a successful research lab
  • Juggling research / teaching / admin

The day is free, and includes lunch and a drinks reception, but registration is essential as numbers are strictly limited.

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ACS On Campus / A2CS Early Career Research Workshop

Date: Friday 28 July 2017
Time: 10.00am -12.00pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Women in Chemistry Dinner

An informal dinner hosted by the Victorian Women in Chemistry “WinC” Group, this event is not exclusively for women and all members of the chemistry community are welcome to attend.

Date: Monday 24 July 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Meat Market South Wharf - 53 South Wharf Promenade
Tickets: $35-$55 pp (incl GST) with drinks at your own cost

Hartung Lecture

Schools Outreach Day where year 10-12 students can attend the RACI student Hartung lecture given by Sir Martyn Poliakoff. The Outreach Day is designed to pique students interest in the chemical sciences with a chemistry show. Attendees will also be allowed to visit the exhibition area while sessions are being run.

Date: Thursday 27 July 2017

Supporting Women in Chemistry

Join us for a discussion on how we can support equity and diversity for the benefit of chemical science in Australia. Hear from Dr. Marguerite Evans-Galea (Industry Mentoring Network in STEM), Dr. Annabella Newton (Victorian Women in Chemistry “WinC” Group) and Dr. Katherine Locock (RACI Equity Committee), with plenty of opportunity for questions to our panel. Please note this event is not exclusively for women and all members of the chemistry community are welcome to attend.

Date: Thursday 27 July 2017
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (room TBA)
Tickets: Free event to all RACI members and friends (lunch will provided to congress delegates only)

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Key Dates

Extended abstract submission Closed
Registration Now Open
Presenter / Early bird registration deadline 7 May 2017
Congress dates 23 -28 July 2017
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