Gordon Cain Conference

NASA image of earth

Image courtesy of the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

Date: March 31, 2011 - April 2, 2011

Chemical Heritage Foundation 
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Fee: Free
RSVP: See below

The 2011 Gordon Cain Conference, focused on the history of atmospheric chemistry, is entitled “Chemical Weather and Chemical Climate: Body, Place, Planet in Historical Perspective.”

This conference will be conducted in the style of a workshop. Attendees are expected to read all conference papers in advance (available to registered participants through a secure server) and attend the conference in its entirety. 

Space is limited; if you are interested in registering, please e-mail cainconference@chemheritage.org with your name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and a brief (2-to-3-sentence) description of your work and your interest in attending. There is no charge to attend the conference. 

The Friday-evening portion of this event is open to the general public.

This event is part of CHF’s year-long celebration of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011), a United Nations–designated initiative celebrating chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.

  About the Conference

Chemical Weather and Chemical Climate: Body, Place, Planet in Historical Perspective

The atmosphere is as intimate and personal as a breath of air; it also manifests in particular ways in particular locales and as global phenomena with international social, political, and economic dimensions. 

The phrase “chemical weather” invokes the temporal and spatial variability and complexity of atmospheric chemical processes. Air-quality forecasts indicating expected levels of pollutants such as smog, ozone, pollen, and suspended particulate matter are one example of this; etiological studies of air pollution and health are another; military and security concerns over poison gas and aerosol attacks represent yet a third area of focus. “Chemical climate” refers to large-scale and long-term interactions also known as bio-geo-chemical cycles, their changes, and their social import.

The 2011 Gordon Cain Conference includes papers and posters that present original research, examine historiographical issues, and/or pursue historical syntheses in the field of atmospheric chemistry (broadly defined). Special consideration has beeen given to contributions addressing issues of scale—for example lungs, locales, and trans-boundary issues—and exploring interdisciplinary perspectives involving literature, art, architecture, and related fields. Papers also involve case studies of chemical industries, governance, regulation, and litigation. Presenters have been encouraged to emphasize the social relevance of their research and to communicate the results of their research in forms accessible to the interested public. Participants, including selected poster presenters, will be asked to revise their contributions for possible publication.

  Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 31, 2011

10:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m.

View the full PDF schedule

Friday, April 01, 2011

9:00 a.m.– 7:30 p.m.

View the full PDF schedule

Saturday, April 02, 2011

9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

View the full PDF schedule

Need Meeting Space?

CHF’s state-of-the-art conference center is in Philadelphia’s beautiful historic district.

Upcoming Events

Meet us in person at one of our events.

Support CHF

Help us preserve and share the history of chemistry and related sciences. Make a tax-deductible tax-deductible gift online.