General Questions

1.  I am staying on campus -- where am I staying?

You are staying at the Ron Eydt Village or REV. The University of Waterloo Conference Centre is here as well.  Look for the Conference Centre signs.

2.  Any advice on getting around campus?

Driving around campus is easy.  There a road that rings around the campus called -- Ring Road.  So when you get on campus, you get on to Ring Road.  There are signs on Ring Road to get to the Conference Centre. The PAC is right off of Ring Road.  Most of the ChemEd action will happen at the PAC. 

3. What do I put into the GPS to get to University of Waterloo?

You put University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave. W, Waterloo, ON. When you get to campus, you will get onto Ring Road.  

4. What is the difference between a Paid Workshop and a regular session at ChemEd 2013?

Workshops with a material fee are considered Paid Workshops.  You must register for Paid Workshops. It is highly recommended you register online for Paid Workshops when you register for the conference. There may be a limited number of spots available at the time of check-in for these Paid Workshops. 

5.  Are the on-campus accommodations air-conditioned?

No. The average July temperature (of both day and night) is 22.5C (72.5F) with high summertime humidity levels.  There is always a chance of a heatwave so if you are worried about the heat, you might consider bringing a fan or staying at a nearby hotel with air-conditioning.  Limited number of fans are available at the front desk on a first come, first serve basis.   

6.  Will attendees have access to the Internet? 

You will have access to the Internet.  ChemEd 2013 will receive a login and password at registration so bring your labtops and mobile devices.  Remember many presenters have sent in their session handouts.  These handouts are posted online.

7. How can I register for the conference?

All pre-conference registration is conducted online -- ending July 22 at 9:00 am. There will be onsite registration, however advance registration is strongly recommended (and is less expensive)!

8.  Where are all the deadlines listed for ChemEd 2013?

Important deadlines and dates are listed under "News" on the left-hand menu.  

9. What is the ChemEd 2013 cancellation policy?

General Registration cancellations less a $50.00 administration fee will be accepted until Friday, July 12, 2013.

No shows are responsible for payment in full and no refunds will be made as of Saturday, July 13, 2013.

10.  Will there be a George R Hague Jr AP Chemistry Symposium at ChemEd 2013?

Yes.  This AP Symposium has always been a hit at ChemEd and thankfully Harvey Gendreau has offered again to bring AP chemistry teachers together to share ideas, network and find out more about the revised College Board curriculum, etc.  These sessions are included in the Conference Session Schedule.

11.  Is there financial help to attend a ChemEd?  

There are several different support opportunities. 

CELA Scholarship Program -- new this year for first time attendees and presenters.  These awards are sponsored by ChemEd 2011 committee. 

The George Hague Memorial Travel Award: This award is for Mole Day Foundation members who are first-time ChemEd attendees with 2-6 years of teaching experience.  Deadline March 1, 2013. 

12.  Where can I find a list of all the deadlines for the conference?

The deadlines for the conference are all located under News weblink, we also tweet upcoming deadlines so don’t forget to follow us on twitter @ChemEd2013!

13.  Will the taxes charged be reimbursed for US residents?

In the past, when driving to Canada, upon my return to the USA I could stop at the border crossing and complete a form for reimbursement.

There are two links regarding tax reimbursement; one is the explanation and the other is the form.


1.  Where is Waterloo?

Waterloo is one of three cities located within the Waterloo region in Southern Ontario. It is often referred to as Kitchener-Waterloo because the two cities are so close.  The city is located approximately 100 km southwest of Toronto, Ontario and 110 km northeast of London, Ontario. 

2.  How do I get to Waterloo?

For information on getting to Waterloo visit our Travel and Visit Information.

3.  What is there to do in Waterloo?

The Waterloo Region provides a tourism guide for the area and stays up to date on festivals and attractions. To view this information visit Waterloo Region tourism

4.  I will be arriving in Waterloo on Saturday for the ChemEd Conference and would like to know if we will be able to use the UW Recreation facilities such as the pool, the gym, the squash courts or the climbing wall. If so, is there a fee or a pass that we need or should we just turn up?

Attendees wanting access to the gym can at a cost of $7.00/day or $25.00 for a 5 day pass.  They can be purchased at the Equipment Desk in PAC.