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18 Jul 2022 - 22 Jul 2022

26th IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education

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ICCE2020 was initially scheduled to be held 13-17 July 2020, and first postponed to 26-30 January 2021. Ultimately it is now rescheduled to be held 18-22 July 2022.

The conference will be organised around the theme,

Responding to 21st century imperatives in chemistry education

Inspired by the vision of Nelson Mandela who said:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“The power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation. The Apartheid system emphasized the physical and other differences of South Africans with devastating effects. We are steadily but surely introducing education that enables our children to exploit their similarities and common goals, while appreciating the strength in their diversity.

Nelson Mandela, 1997

It has been 24 years since the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, however the education system is still scarred by the inequalities of Apartheid. ICCE 2020 is a forum where South African and International chemistry educators can build connections between research and practice to bring Nelson Mandela’s vision into a reality in South Africa and education communities across the world.  It provides an opportunity to build partnerships between local and international educators to provide a legacy on which to build the education system envisaged by Nelson Mandela.

The 26th IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education will be held in Cape Town from 18-22 July 2022. Seven themes will be developed. They are:

  1. Curriculum and assessment reform initiatives
  2. Rethinking laboratory training post-COVID-19
  3. Effective instruction in the online environment
  4. Teacher education, teacher knowledge and continuous professional development
  5. Context and diversity in chemistry education
  6. Chemistry for sustainability
  7. Chemistry teaching and learning, pedagogy and cognition

See details (PDF) in this 1st announcement (released Sept 2021) 
Review important dates, including
1st round abstracts submission close: 10 April 2022
2nd round abstracts submission close: 11 May 2022
Early bird registration closes: 18 June 2022

For registration and Abstract submissions, please consult the website, www.icce2022.org.za
Inquiries: <[email protected]>

Contact/chair of the local organizing committee:
Associate Professor Bette Davidowitz  <[email protected]>
Chemistry Department, University of Cape Town,
Rondebosch, South Africa, 7700

See also project ‘Young Ambassadors for Chemistry in Cape Town‘ (Project 2021-031-2-050)

Post Conference – “Chemistry Education is the Way Forward” (online post)


Date & Time

18 Jul 2022


22 Jul 2022

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Lagoon Beach Hotel
1 Lagoon Gate Drive, Milnerton
Cape Town, South Africa
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