Category: April / 2017

What’s that smell?!

Chemistry is the sensual science – and that includes odors both pleasant and unpleasant.  A couple of recent news items caught our attention.  Check out the following links to see what chemists know about the smell of old books …   and the “fugitive odors” of sewage and other nasty smells.


Call for Abstracts – Science Advisory Board on Contaminated Sites

7th Annual SABCS Conference on Contaminated Sites   will be held September 28,2017

A CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for submitted papers is now open.  Closing date is May 15 to provide ample time for planning and approvals.

The SABCS 7th Annual Conference and Workshop on Contaminated Sites is being held on September 28th and 27th 2017. We have secured the same convenient venues in downtown Vancouver. Mark these dates and locations in your calendar.

September 28, 2017 : SABCS 7th Annual Conference on Contaminated Sites

Segal Building, Room 1200 – 1500, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

September 27, 2017: SABCS  7th Annual Technical Workshop on Contaminated Sites

Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room, SFU Harbourside Centre,515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Please contact the conference chair, Zahra Pirani for further details on opportunities for sponsorship or for general conference inquiries at zahra.pirani (at)


March for Science April 22, 2017

Science plays a key role in our lives and the ACPBC stands with the many scientists, citizens, and scientific organizations world-wide in support of the March for Science.

The Marches scheduled in BC are:

Vancouver: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza to Creekside Park (near Science World)

Victoria: 2:15pm at Centennial Square, march starts around 3:00pm and ends at the Legislature.