Special Sessions (SCix in beta)

We've laid out a great live technical program and will roll out hours of on-demand content to go with it, but we're also making space for some extra-special sessions during SciX. Come beta test these additional sessions designed to grab your interest during program intermissions. Too busy? No problem, you can stay focused on the technical sessions and skip this bonus content; you build your SciX participation in a way that best suits you!

Dates/times/speakers to be announced, check back often for details. 

When Things Go Wrong: Celebrating Mistakes

2020 has been a year of things going wrong, including not being able to get together in Sparks, Nevada for the SciX Conference. But dealing with setbacks and rejections is part of life, and we thought we should celebrate things that went wrong but led to something going right. Join us to hear panelists tell you about their missteps, serendiptious moments, and surprise twists that have shaped who they are today.

The Great Disruption: How Labs and Classrooms are Finding Creative Solutions in Response to the Pandemic

It's the topic we're all tired of but can't stop talking about: COVID-19 and how it's impacting our work. Hear from individuals in a variety of settings and how they are adjusting to an ever-changing landscape of a global pandemic. From the classroom to the lab and every grant proposal in between, hear what others are doing and leave with ideas you can apply in your professional setting.

Peer Review and Publication: Fast Facts

Early career researchers and students will appreciate this session that takes a quick but detailed look at the peer-reviewing system. From publication to reviewing other works, topics to be covered in this interactive session include: How long until my paper is published? What is the exact process? Can anyone review papers? How do I get involved? What is commisisoned content? How do you review a manuscript? How do I reply to the reviewers if I'm the author? How much does it cost to publish?

Change My Mind: A SciX Debate

When the debate topic is announced, weigh in at the session start, listen to two heavyweights face off, then vote again at the end to see if your opinion was swayed.

Ask a Government Scientist (Almost) Anything (separate registration required to receive access link; registration is free)

Whatever you may know about working in a government lab, it’s certainly only part of the story!  Research covers any scientific field you can think of, ranging from fundamental investigations to applications development, all to promote the well-being of our country.  We’ve assembled a panel of top scientists and rising stars who are eager to tell you about their labs’ missions, the great analytical science that they and their colleagues do, and how to get started and thrive in a government lab career.  Get your questions ready for representatives from:

  • US Food & Drug Administration
  • Lawrence Berkeley NL
  • Lawrence Livermore NL
  • Oak Ridge NL
  • Savannah River NL

Spectroscopists in Industry: The Multi-Generational Impact of Clara Craver

Spectrochimica Acta B Best Paper Award Session

Listening to laser sparks: a link between Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, acoustic measurements and crater morphology

Baptiste Chide

Application of gold nanoparticles embedded in the amyloids fibrils as enhancers in the laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for

the metal quantification in microdroplets

Zita Salajkova

Imaging rare-earth elements in minerals by laser induced plasma spectroscopy: Molecular emission and plasma induced luminescence

Michael Gaft

Laser Ablation Based Techniques

Rick Russo

Facing the Challenges of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Analytical Chemistry

Join us for an open discussion centering on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. We will explore successes, setbacks, and areas for improvement, centering on the intersectional experiences of underrepresented populations in the analytical sciences including women, LBGTQIA, people of color, non-white ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and individuals from lower-income backgrounds/areas. women and underrepresented populations in the analytical sciences. Attendance will be limited to the first 30 log-ins in order to keep the discussion focused. Based on interest we may present additional sessions on this topic in the future.

Facebook Live with Mystery Guest

Jump onto the FACSS SciX Facebook page for an open "Ask Me Anything" session. You can submit your questions ahead of time by commenting on posts on our Facebook page ahead of the meeting.

I've Got My Degree, Now What?

This early career panel will give you a sampling of opportunities after completing your degree. Hear from the perspective of a postdoc, industry, academic, and more


SciX always presents a fantastic opportunity to connect with old friends and colleagues, and make new connections. This year will certainly be different, but we're going to work hard to bring you chances to be together even though we're apart. Both SciX and society-specific social events will be updated here as details become available.

Dates/times/speakers to be announced, check back often for details. 

Speed Mentoring Sponsored by the Coblentz Society

Coffee with a Chemist 

Tour My Lab on Twitter

Organized Chaos Open Networking

Hop-in Chat Rooms

International Sessions

A constant refrain in the virtual conference universe is that varying time zones make it difficult for people across the globe to participate equally. SciX is actively trying to address the issue by offering plenty of on demand content and making live content available as an archive post-meeting; by being mindful of session start and end times to cast the widest net across time zones; and, most importantly, by offering special international sessions in other time zones. The following sessions are included in your SciX registration and open to everyone!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 from 6:00 am - 7:30 am EDT (12:00 - 1:30 pm CEST)

RSC and IRDG Session on Vibrational Spectroscopy


Duncan Graham

Cascaded nanooptics to probe microsecond atomic scale phenomena

Marlous Kamp

Screening DNA-binding molecules with 2D-IR spectroscopy - structure, dynamics and function

Neil Hunt

Quantitative hyperspectral coherent Raman scattering microscopy for label-free bioimaging

Paolo Borri

Imaging cellular dynamics using ratiometric Raman spectroscopy

Will Tipping

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 from 8:00 - 10:00 pm EDT (9:00 - 11:00 am Tokyo)

SPSJ Supplemental Programming: Perspective for Biomedical Raman Spectroscopy

Raman and SRS for Cellular Analysis

Duncan Graham

Validation of Detection Limits of Drugs of Abuse using a Portable SERS Instrument

Peter Harrington

Gunshot residue analysis: can spectroscopy meet the forensics need?

Igor Lednev

Assessment of oocyte quality and its maturation using Raman spectroscopy

Mika Ishigaki

Label-free Raman analysis of live cell and tissue

Hidetoshi Sato

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 from 7:00 - 8:30 am EDT (1:00 - 2:30 pm CEST)

CLIRSPEC Supplemental Programming

Program to be Announced

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