The Emory University Department of Chemistry hosts a vibrant seminar series, bringing emerging and established leaders in the field to campus. In addition to lecturing on their current research, seminar visitors meet with faculty and students to discuss ideas and possible collaborations. For information on currently scheduled seminars, please visit our departmental calendar.

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The Departmental Seminars are our flagship seminar series, comprising the majority of invited talks. Seminars are held on Mondays at 4pm or Wednesdays at 2pm. All seminars currently take place in Atwood Hall 316. Upon the completion of the Atwood Addition, seminars will take place in the newly built Atwood Addition seminar room with state-of-the-art technology and a window into the adjacent organic laboratories.

Career Seminar Series

Career seminars are geared towards the professional development of our students, with a particular focus on the needs of our graduate student fellows. Many of our career speakers are Emory alums. If you are an alum and/or community member interested in visiting campus to discuss careers in chemistry, please contact Susanna Widicus Weaver.

Faculty Search Seminars

Select candidates for faculty positions in the Emory University Department of Chemistry are invited to give public seminars as part of the application process. Current students and faculty attend these seminars and, when appropriate, the department invites members of the broader Emory community whose research interests align with those of the candidate. Faculty Search Seminars generally take place in December and January of each year.

Chalk Talks

"Chalk Talks" help faculty imagine candidates as part of the community.

Chalk Talks

"Chalk Talks" provide an opportunity for faculty search candidates to present their research goals to the faculty in a collegial, relaxed environment. While most lectures are open to all faculty, students, and the wider Emory community, Chalk Talks are faculty only and conversation is facilitated with a shared lunch. 

AACP Seminars

The Emory University Department of Chemistry hosts Atlanta Area of Chemical Physics (AACP) Lectures in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology. The purpose of this seminar series is to learn about exciting developments in chemical physics while fostering interactions between chemists at both universities. Seminars are held at 4:00 p.m. and alternate locations between the Emory and Georgia Tech campuses.

The Johnston Lecture

The Johnston Distinguished Lectureship Series supports an annual lecture with a concentration on bringing National Academy members to Emory's campus. This special series is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Harold Johnston.

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The Albert Padwa Lecture

The Padwa Lecture is an annual lecture made possible by a generous gift from Professor Emeritus Dr. Albert Padwa. The inaguaral Padwa lecture took place on September 14th, 2014 with Neil Garg from UCLA. When selecting Padwa lecturers, the department gives preference to researchers in the field of organic chemistry.

The Aldrich Lecture

The Aldrich Lectures are made possible through the generous support of the Sigma-Aldrich Chemical Company.

The Novartis Lecture

The Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research provides generous support for top chemistry departments across the country to host scientists conducting innovative research in synthetic organic chemistry. The Emory University Department of Chemistry was honored to host a Novartis Lecture in April 2014 featuring Lawrence Hamann (Novartis) and Tom Rovis (Colorado State University) through the efforts of the Center for Selective C-H Functionalization.

Tenure-Track Seminars

We consistently attract top researchers to our faculty and the departmental community is committed to developing their careers. The Tenure-Track Seminars support these researchers on the road to tenure by providing a formal opportunity for assistant professors to present their research accomplishments to the chemistry community.

Emerson Center Annual Lectureship Series

The Emerson Center Annual Lectureship Series seeks to bring research leaders to campus each year, often in partnership with other research centers across the country and internationally. These lectures are organized by the Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientific Computation.

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