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The Gordon Research Conferences provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of frontier research in the biological, chemical, physical and engineering sciences and their interfaces.

Update on 2021 Conference Season

The world has been through so much over the last three months; the coronavirus pandemic, lockdowns, job losses, economic uncertainties, and social unrest due to injustices and violence. The Board of Trustees and staff have been working tirelessly to move GRC forward despite the challenges we all face. GRC, now more than ever, remains fully committed to our mission to support diverse, inclusive communities of scientists that advance the frontiers of research in the biological, chemical, physical and engineering sciences.

Many 2021 conference chairs have expressed concerns about the potential impact of COVID-19 on their conference.  We surveyed 49 Session I conference chairs and 19 Hong Kong-based chairs offering the option to reschedule their conferences to the summer in the U.S. or to defer to 2023.

As a result of their feedback, GRC will delay the 2021 conference season and open on May 1st and operate through August 20th in the U.S. and Europe only. Although deferring conferences and not operating in Hong Kong are not ideal, we believe this strategy provides the greatest potential for a successful 2021 season.

Please visit individual conference program pages for more details about your community and our venue pages for information about new procedures implemented in response to COVID-19.

Next month we will launch GRC Connects, which will include virtual experiences to increase connections throughout our communities before resuming our in-person meetings.  Topics such as the academia/industry response to the COVID-19 pandemic (expert panel), navigating your career (GRS mentorship panel for graduate students and post docs), and improving equality and inclusion (GRC Power Hour) will be offered.  We hope you will join us!

As always, we are grateful to all members of the scientific community for their continued understanding and support!  We look forward to seeing you soon.


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We have 398 Gordon Research Conferences® and Gordon Research Seminars® in 2021.  Find your GRC community!

The GRC Power Hourâ„¢

GRC has had a longstanding commitment to inclusion and addressing the challenges women and all underrepresented groups face in achieving equity in science. The Power Hour promotes conversations about the barriers to inclusivity within its 400 communities and has been incredibly popular with both men and women, reflecting growing conversations in the sciences about issues including unconscious bias, mentoring and sponsorship, strategies for addressing harassment and inappropriate behavior, and the culture change needed to support the professional growth of all scientists.

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"GRCs are different from other scientific conferences because they stimulate discussion among researchers from industry, academe and government with a wide range of experience from novice to expert."
"I remember my first GRC experience because it was where I really felt like I could present new and risky ideas with a warm reception."
"I volunteered to chair a GRC because I was always impressed by the excellence of the GRC, and having an opportunity to shape one of them was a great honor and a fantastic challenge."

The Gordon Research Conferences provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of frontier research in the biological, chemical, physical and engineering sciences and their interfaces.

Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are:

  • Created by scientists, for scientists
  • Forums to discuss pre-publication research at the forefront of
    your field
  • Informal communities of experts in the field
  • A great opportunity to network with your peers

Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are:

  • Organized by and for young investigators
  • A way to interact with leaders who may later serve as mentors

Supporting GRC

Gordon Research Conferences is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building communities that advance the frontiers of science.

Contributions made to the GRC Frontiers of Science Fund are used to benefit all of GRC’s scientific communities.

Please support Gordon Research Conferences by making a tax-deductible contribution to the GRC Frontiers of Science Fund today.

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