Larry Flinn of Flinn Scientific, answered this question in a following quote:
(regarding the 17th ChemEd Conference in Auburn)
If you want to attend a top-notch, knock-your-socks-off chemistry conference, I urge you to consider attending the ChemEd chemistry teacher conference. ChemEd is chemistry education's premier conference. ChemEd is a five-day conference where the best chemistry educators from around the world will gather and exchange ideas. You can expect that over 200 chemistry workshops will be offered; all of them high school chemistry related. If you are looking for chemistry content and want to learn and share ideas with other teachers, ChemEd is a "must attend" conference.
If you are involved in high school and introductory chemistry, you should consider attending ChemEd 2013. Bring your family as there will be children activities and special interest tours being planned.
This conference should be of interest to:
- Elementary school teachers
- High school chemistry/science teachers
- College chemistry teachers
- University chemistry professors and lecturers
- Teaching assistants, graduate and undergraduate students
- Laboratory managers
- Laboratory demonstrators
- Laboratory analysts
- Science/chemistry instructional and curriculum designer/developer
- Educational developers
- Academic and university administrators
- Others who are interested in chemical education at the introductory level.
The conference goals have stayed consistent for 40 years. This is evident from the original goals presented at the first ChemEd.
As listed in ChemEd 73 conference manual:
General objectives for the conference
To have total involvement of all participants and
- establish communication, not only in a group, but also on a one-to-one basis, which will carry on during and after the conference.
To gain new ideas in chemistry methodology, resulting in an improvement in chemistry teaching.
These ideas are to be obtained by communication, both verbal and written, throughout the conference.
To help attain this objective the participant should:
- participate in all sessions verbally; read and look at other chemistry courses;
- carry on discussion on the topics he is interested in, during and after the sessions;
- bring along and take home pages of printed ideas; we are here to help one another by exchange.