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Computational Chemistry
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The GRC on Computational Chemistry was inaugurated in 1986 with Donald Boyd and Kenny Lipkowitz as co-chairs, and has met biennially since that time. The conference originated as a broad alternative meeting covering all aspects of the then-emerging field of computational chemistry, and as a counterpoint to existing meetings restricted solely to quantum chemistry. The focus was (and remains to this day) on methodological advances across a spectrum of computer-based approaches to molecular modeling. The Conference is held in even-numbered years, and alternates with the Computer-Aided Drug Design GRC (formerly the Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships GRC). Several meetings have been held abroad: 2000, Oxford UK, and 2006 & 2010, Les Diablerets, outside Geneva, Switzerland. The conference plans to continue this trend by holding every third meeting in Europe to facilitate interchange with the large, active community of international computational chemists. The meeting has grown into a major forum for discussion of advances in basic chemical theory, algorithms, software and new application areas. Improved density functional theory (DFT) methods, advanced force field, and hybrid QM/MM techniques are but a few of the topics presented and updated across many of the meetings. Chairmanship of the GRC is intentionally rotated among scientists from academia, government labs and industry - and all three groups are well represented at each meeting. While there is a small core group of senior people who have attended essentially every conference since 1986, the conference has always had a large influx of good new researchers. In recent years the majority of conferees are attending their first Computational Chemistry GRC. Computational chemistry is a very interdisciplinary field - based in chemistry, computer science, physics and biology, with applications in medicine, nanotechnology and other cutting-edge areas. In 2014, the new Gordon Research Seminar on Computational Chemistry will be held in conjunction with the GRC.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Computational Chemistry" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Computational Chemistry Jul 22-27 Mount Snow Angela Wilson
2016 Computational Chemistry
Theory and Simulation Across Scales in Molecular Science
Jul 24-29 PGA Catalunya Business and Convention Centre Adrian J. Mulholland
2014 Computational Chemistry
Accuracy and Sampling Across Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Modeling
Jul 20-25 Mount Snow Jay W. Ponder
2012 Computational Chemistry Jul 22-27 Mount Snow Julia E. Rice
2010 Computational Chemistry Aug 29 - Sep 3 Les Diablerets Conference Center Walter Thiel
2008 Computational Chemistry
New Computational Tools for 21st Century Chemistry
Jul 27 - Aug 1 Mount Holyoke College Jed W. Pitera
2006 Computational Chemistry Oct 8-13 Les Diablerets Conference Center Wilfred F. Van Gunsteren
2004 Computational Chemistry Jul 4-9 Holderness School William C. Swope
2002 Computational Chemistry Jun 30 - Jul 5 Colby-Sawyer College Bernard R. Brooks
2000 Computational Chemistry Jul 2-7 The Queen's College Terry R. Stouch
1998 Computational Chemistry Jun 28 - Jul 3 Tilton School Jeffry D. Madura
1996 Computational Chemistry Jun 30 - Jul 5 New Hampton School Thomas A. Halgren
1994 Computational Chemistry Jul 3-8 New Hampton School Kendall N. Houk
1992 Computational Chemistry Jun 29 - Jul 3 New Hampton School John McKelvey
1990 Computational Chemistry Jun 18-22 Plymouth State College William Jorgensen
1988 Computational Chemistry Jul 4-8 Plymouth State College Donald B. Boyd
Peter A. Kollman
1986 Computational Chemistry Aug 18-22 Colby-Sawyer College Donald B. Boyd
Kenny B. Lipkowitz
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