Welcome to BCCE 2022 at Purdue University 

The conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in the Summer of 2022. The 27th BCCE, like all of its predecessors, is designed to provide you with opportunities for interacting with chemistry instructors of all levels in formal and informal settings. There will be a mixture of plenary lectures, symposia, workshops, poster sessions, exhibits, and tours of chemistry research areas.

This year our theme is "New approaches to modern challenges". As we build on previous work, we look expectantly to the future, encouraging researchers to submit abstracts that involve innovative and interdisciplinary methods to tackle emerging challenges in education.  

Don't miss out on the professional growth and fun social networking opportunities at the 27th BCCE:

  • Learn about evidence-based practices in teaching and learning chemistry
  • Find new and innovative activities or labs for your classes
  • Network with other chemistry educators from across the country and around the world
  • Explore research findings about how students learn chemistry and what barriers they encounter 

May 2022 Update

We are rapidly approaching BCCE 2022, which begins on July 31. As you register and determine your schedule, please note that we have posted the conference schedule and the workshop schedule on the website. If you need to use multiple methods of payment, we have posted directions for that contingency.

Purdue has finalized COVID guidelines for summer conferences for adults that can be found here. Please scroll down to the section “Summer 2022 COVID Guidance for Camps and Conferences involving Minors and Adults”, then scroll to the “Adults” section. Please read and follow this guidance. Of note, the guidelines encourage pre-arrival COVID testing if you are staying in the residence halls (university housing). Completing the test is an individual responsibility and will help to minimize disruptions due to isolation, quarantine, or exposure. Free at-home COVID-19 tests can be ordered here. As you pack for the conference, please bring a rapid antigen test and a mask with you in case you become symptomatic.

As the guidelines state, if you become symptomatic (defined as two or more symptoms associated with COVID), you should leave campus within 12 hours if you can or isolate in place if you cannot (single room only). Additionally, you should wear a mask when you get food or leave your room if you are isolating.  

Finally, masks are not required in buildings at Purdue, except in healthcare settings or if you are isolating in place and leave your room. However, you are more than welcome to wear a mask as you see fit throughout the conference out of an abundance of caution.

We are grateful to the chemical education community that has volunteered their time and talent to create and organize the BCCE 2022 in a pandemic. Nearly 1,000 of you have stepped up to be symposium and workshop organizers and presenters, and volunteer organizers for the conference.   

The BCCE 2022 program has ample time to reconnect and network with other chemical educators. We are planning Community Conversations and Birds of a Feather (BoaF) meetings to bring colleagues with common interests together. We recognize the importance of activities and experiences that help revitalize your motivation, bring new ideas to you to help students learn chemistry, and bring new approaches to modern challenges. We are looking forward to reconnecting with each other, to meeting new colleagues, and to welcoming people to our community!  Please look through the program and plan your morning, afternoon, and evenings to engage in conversations that can help you reconnect with colleagues and make some new friends!


Marcy H. Towns, General Chair
Thomas Bussey, Program Co-Chair
Carly Schnoebelen, Program Co-Chair
John Michael Sophos, Meeting Planning Partner