Each year since 1957, The Welch Foundation hosts a conference which draws leading scientists from around the world to explore state-of-the-art research in various areas of chemistry. The Foundation sponsors these annual conferences in order to support increased fundamental research in chemistry.
The topic of each conference and its participants are selected by a member of the Scientific Advisory Board. It is the Foundation’s desire to present programs with cutting-edge research in a variety of different areas of chemistry.
In 2014, the 58th Welch Conference on Chemical Research will break with its tradition of focusing on developments in a particular area of chemistry to instead explore future directions in "Chemical Education" for secondary, post-secondary and graduate chemical students. Speakers will examine new methods of coursework delivery such as the laboratory as a venue for discovery science, peer-to-peer teaching, "flipped" classes, online courses leading to degrees or certificates, massively open online courses (MOOCs) and STEM learning. What works? What doesn't? How can we balance quality and excellence with access and affordability?
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