Call for Symposia & Workshops

We invite members of the chemistry education community to submit abstracts for symposia and workshops at the 2022 BCCE, which will be held at Purdue University July 31 - August 4, 2022. 

The conference will be organized around four themes:

  1. Classroom Practice and Learning Environments

    Symposia in this theme may include (but are not limited to) active learning, pedagogical methods, technology tools, classroom/laboratory activities, affect, inclusive teaching, metacognition, etc.

  2. Curriculum and Cognition

    Symposia in this theme may include (but are not limited to) curriculum change, laboratory skills, argumentation, models/visualization, NGSS science practices, communication/writing, systems thinking, chemistry content areas, etc.

  3. Assessment and Research Methods

    Symposia in this theme may include (but are not limited to) classroom assessment; instrument development; evaluation; and qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.

  4. Professional Development

    Symposia in this theme may include (but are not limited to) teacher training, graduate student development, TA training, evaluations of teaching, institutional change, etc.

When submitting your abstract, you will be asked to select which theme(s) align(s) with your proposed workshop or symposium. Of particular importance, we would like to encourage submissions that address issues and aspects of equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect across all four themes.

Who May Submit?

College/university faculty and staff, K-12 teachers, graduate students, postdocs, and anyone else working in chemical education is welcome to submit a symposium or workshop. You may submit as an individual or collaborate with others. Submitting an abstract does not guarantee acceptance, and if your proposed symposium has significant overlap with another, you may be asked to consolidate.

What are the Expectations for Organizing a Symposium or Workshop?

Symposium organizers will review and/or invite abstracts for oral presentations, work with the program committee to build a schedule for their symposium, and communicate with presenters in advance of the conference. At least one organizer for each symposium (or a designee) will preside over the symposium at the conference, including introducing speakers, making sure talks run on time, and coordinating day-of logistics.

Symposium organizers are also responsible for keeping track of the number of people who attend the symposium and noting if any presentations were not given. This information will be reported to the conference organizers and is important for planning future conferences. 

Workshops may be run as a half-day or full-day session. Organizers will work with the program committee to schedule their workshop and obtain any necessary materials. At the conference, organizers will facilitate their workshop and engage with participants.

What are the Requirements for an Abstract? 

  • Title of the proposed symposium or workshop
  • Brief description (~250 words) of the scope and purpose
  • Intended theme (Classroom Practice and Learning Environments, Curriculum and Cognition, Assessment and Research Methods, or Professional Development)
  • Crosscutting threads (these are topics of interest that are woven throughout the themes listed above, including EDIR, technology, sustainability/green chemistry, lecture, and laboratory)
  • Intended audience (faculty, high school teachers, etc.)
  • Organizer and presider name(s) and contact information
  • Potential restrictions, if any (day, duration, type of room, multimedia needs, etc.)
  • For workshops only: number of participants, materials needed and estimated cost (if any)

How Do I Submit?

Abstracts must be submitted through the MAPS system ( You will need to create an ACS ID, if you do not have one already, though you do not need to be a current member of ACS to submit. MAPS will open on May 3, 2021. All symposium abstracts must be submitted by August 20, 2021.


If you have questions, please contact the program co-chairs, Thomas Bussey ( and Carly Schnoebelen (