Preliminary Agenda for the Reimagining Chemistry Education Summit
Information for this agenda is subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all in-person events will be held at the ACS Headquarters at the following address:

ACS Headquarters
1155 Sixteenth St., NW
Washington, DC 20036


Thursday, Dec. 7

Check-in & Breakfast (In-Person Only)

 8:00 am - 9:00 am ET

Challenges and Opportunities

Session 1

 9:00 am - 10:10 am ET

Who we are, why we are here, and goals for the Summit.

Opening Remarks and Introductions 

9:00 am: Welcome and Overview (In-Person and Virtual)

  • Welcome remarks: Jitesh Soares 
  • Reimagine Chemistry Education Campaign: Adelina Voutchkova
  • Fostering a Skilled Technical Workforce: Terri Chambers 
  • Summit Details - Goals, agenda, attendees, & outcomes: David Laviska

9:40 am: General Introductions (In-Person Only)

  • Facilitated by Adelina Voutchkova and David Laviska

Break (15 min)

Session 2

 10:25 am – 12:00 pm ET

Looking to the Future

10:25 am: Panel Discussion (In-Person and Virtual)

  • Moderator: Jennifer MacKellar
  • Panelists: Amy Cannon, Lin He, Ann Lee-Jeffs, Stephen Matlin, Areej Nitowski, Jane Wissinger

Key topic: Multi-sector discussion of needs and challenges for chemistry education. Represented from education, industry, NGOs, funding agencies, and small businesses.

11:40 am: Summary and Outcomes (In-Person and Virtual)

  • Facilitators: Jennifer MacKellar, David Laviska

Lunch (In-Person Only)

 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Curricular Development

Session 3

 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET

Developing Curricular Materials that Address Complex Global Challenges

1:00 pm: Remarks from ACS COO LaTrease Garrison

1:10 pm: Systems Thinking and Green Chemistry (In-Person and Virtual)

  • Why systems thinking is critical: David Laviska
  • What is systems thinking? Lisa Gilbert
  • Teaching Module - Systems Thinking: Kate Aubrecht, John Randazzo
  • Teaching Module - Ideal Gases: Wan-yi “Amy” Chu
  • Teaching Module - Carboxylic acids and their derivatives: Hubert Muchalski
  • Incorporating Systems Thinking – Challenges: Sarah Kennedy
  • Incorporating Systems Thinking – Opportunities: Sarah Prescott

2:10 pm: Toxicology for Chemists (In-Person and Virtual)

  • Toxicology in the Curriculum: Amy Cannon 
  • Understanding Hazard and Risk: Saskia van Bergen
  • Making Better Chemists: Nesta Bortey-Sam

Break (15 min)

Session 4

 2:55 pm – 3:55 pm ET

Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Curricular Resources

2:45 pm: Panel Discussion (In-Person and Virtual)

  • Moderators: Amy Cannon, David Laviska
  • Panelists: Kate Aubrecht, Nesta Bortey-Sam, Michelle Brooks, Amy Chu, Lisa Gilbert, Tom Holme, Sarah Kennedy, Grace Lasker, Hubert Muchalski, Sarah Prescott, John Randazzo, Saskia van Bergen

Break (15 min)

Session 5

 4:10 pm - 5:15 pm ET

Incorporating Environmental Justice into Education and Workforce Training

4:10 pm: Panel Discussion (In-Person and Virtual)

  • Moderator: Sederra Ross
  • Panelists: Loyd Bastin, Christiana Briddell, Sandra Gaona, Jennifer MacKellar, Nimrat Obhi, Lars Ratjen 

5:10 pm: Reflections and Takeaways (In-Person and Virtual)

  • Facilitator: David Laviska

Networking Reception (In-Person Only)

 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm ET

Location: Offsite


Friday, Dec. 8

Check-in & Breakfast (In-Person Only)

 8:00 am - 9:00 am ET

Professional Development and Beyond

Session 6

 9:00 am - 10:35 am ET

Building Curriculum for Chemists Already in the Workforce 

9:00 am: Welcome and Overview  (In-Person and Virtual)

  • Welcome remarks: Isamir Martinez
  • Resources at the ACS Institute: Bryan Tweedy

9:20 am: Panel Discussion (In-Person and Virtual)

  • Moderator: Edmond Lam 
  • Panelists: Molly Blessing, Wilfried Braje, Juan Colberg, Jamie Fisk, Shazia Keily, Laura McConnell

Break (15 min)

Session 7

 10:50 am - 12:20 pm ET

Global Perspectives on the Challenges of Increasing Green and Sustainable Chemistry in Education 

10:50 am: Panel Discussion (In-Person and Virtual)

  • Moderator: Pete License
  • Panelists: Javier Garcia Martinez, Phillip Jessop, Peter Mahaffy, Avtar Matharu, Audrey Moores, Hans-Georg Weinig

11:50 am: Brainstorming Session (In-Person Only)

12:10 pm: Summary and Outcomes (In-Person and Virtual)

  • Facilitators: ACS Staff

Lunch (In-Person Only)

 12:20 pm - 1:30 pm ET