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2019 BC Inorganic Discussion Weekend

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This year’s BC Inorganic Chemistry Discussion Weekend (IDW) will be held at UVic May 10/11, Friday/Saturday.


UVic. The oval encompasses residence, carpark and lecture theatre.



Our plenary speakers this year are Brandi Cossairt of the University of Washington, Jeff Warren of Simon Fraser University, and Ian Manners of the University of Victoria.

Brandi Cossairt    Jeff Warren    Ian Manners

Brandi, Jeff and Ian


Many thanks to our sponsors (top left) for their support in keeping registration as low as possible ($40). Registration will be done exclusively online at the link below:


Key locations on the day: Check-in for residences, the lecture wing where most of the events will be held, and the bus terminal. Park in Lot 5 or Lot 1; parking is $2.50 for Friday evening, $2.50 for all day Saturday, and free on Sunday.




Accommodation is separate from registration and is available at UVic at IDW rates until April 26, but some options are limited:




The weekend kicks off Friday evening with the opening plenary and poster session, followed on Saturday with further plenary lectures, coffee breaks and lunch, multiple student discussion groups, and a banquet Saturday night. Keeping Mother’s Day in mind, no scientific activities are planned for the Sunday.

Poster boards will be 1.2 by 1.2 m. There will be separate poster prizes for grad students, postdocs, and undergrad students. It is not necessary to register for the poster session ahead of time, but each attendee is limited to one poster and they will be asked to register their poster on arrival at UVic for a space. All attendees will be asked to judge the posters they see to generate a short list, which will then be looked at separately by a judging panel to arrive at the winners.

Discussion sessions are led by one or two professors and contain 10-11 attendees. Each attendee will be asked to informally present their ongoing research “chalk-talk” style (<10 minutes), and then field questions from the room (~10 minutes). The atmosphere is intended to be friendly and constructive.

We have allocated 4 hours for these sessions, and discussion leaders are asked to keep on track with respect to time so everyone gets to participate fully. For a group with 10 participants, this equates to about 20 minutes each including questions (typically 10 minutes at the board, rest of time for questions).

4-6 pm Elliott Lecture Wing Foyer. Hang posters, pick up nametags (including drink and bus tickets, and a lasercut elemental beer coaster)
6 pm Plenary: Jeff Warren (Elliott 167)
7-9 pm Mixer and posters (Elliott Lecture Wing foyer)
9 pm

Depart on buses downtown. Nametags will include bus passes for anyone who's not a UVic student.

Late Return to residences
8:30 am Plenary: Brandi Cossairt (Elliott 167)
9:30 am Coffee break and posters (Elliott Lecture Wing foyer)
10 am Breakout sessions
12 pm Lunch (provided) & posters
2 pm Plenary: Ian Manners (Elliott 167)
3 pm Coffee break & finalist poster judging (Elliott Lecture Wing foyer)
3:30 pm Breakout sessions
6 pm BBQ banquet @UClub & poster prizes (we will have prizes for postdocs, grad students and undergraduates)
All day Free!



Most people will get to the island via BC Ferries (your destination should be Swartz Bay). If you're on public transit, route 70 is lined up with ferry sailings and you will have to transfer to one of the many routes serving UVic. Google does a good job of predicting the best options; more details available from BC Transit. Buy a 1 day travel pass for $5. It is about 30 minutes by car to UVic, but transit will take >1 hr.

If you're in a hurry, fly to YYJ or take a harbour-to-harbour seaplane or the helijet.

Coming from south of the border? You can drive to Tsawwassen and take the same ferry as above, but there are other options - the Clipper if you're car-free or via Port Angeles using the Coho ferry.

Your first destination should be UVic Residence Services (Google maps link) to secure your accommodation.



Mixer Friday evening.

Non-UVic attendees will have BC Transit bus passes included in their name badge, and UVic representatives will be escorting visitors downtown to selected locations after the mixer. Buses that go directly downtown from UVic are numbers 4, 14 and 15.

Banquet is at the University Club on Saturday night, and a cash bar is available during and afterwards.

Please hashtag your posts with #BCIDW for visibility for other attendees.



Organizers are Scott McIndoe and Robin Hicks. Enquiries should be directed to mcindoe@uvic.ca.


© JS McIndoe, Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria  ·  Updated 10 May, 2019