Don't skip over anything on this page! We have special sessions you wouldn't get at a normal live SciX, we have networking opportunities throughout the virtual meeting, and we have special international programming from four FACSS member societies. Access links will be available through the virtual meeting website: you must be registered and logged in to participate.

Special Sessions (SCix in beta)

We've laid out a great live technical program and 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; build your SciX participation in a way that best suits you!

All times in Eastern Daylight Time. You must be a paying SciX registrant to get access to the event platform and unlock links to the activities below.

When Things Go Wrong: Celebrating Mistakes

Pre-SciX Kickoff on Monday, October 12 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Hosted by: Katherine Hollywood


  • Mary Kate Donais
  • Karen Esmonde-White
  • Colin Ingram
  • Linda Kidder-Yarlott

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, serendipitous 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

Pre-SciX Kickoff on Monday, October 12 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Hosted by: Karen Gall


  • Gene Hall
  • Igor Lednev
  • Jean-Francois Masson
  • Michael Oweimrin
  • Nicole Ralbovsky

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.

Member Society Presidents' Panel

Pre-SciX Kickoff on Monday, October 12 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Hosted by: Program Chair Mary Kate Donais


  • AES Electrophoresis Society- Rodridgo Martinez-Duarte
  • The Coblentz Society- Ellen Miseo
  • CNIRS- Nancy Cao
  • NASLIBS- Francois Doucet
  • SAS- Richard Crocombe
  • Society for Archaeological Sciences- Andrew Zipkin

Hear from FACSS Member Society presidents as they share their challenges, their successes, and their vision for their organizations and the field going forward.

Peer Review and Publication: Fast Facts

Tuesday, October 13 from 12:15 - 1:00 pm

Hosted by: Martha Vardaki

Speaker: Michael Blades, Editor, Applied Spectroscopy

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 commissioned 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?

Ask a Government Scientist (Almost) Anything 

Tuesday, October 13 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Hosted by: Robert Lascola

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 - Todor Todorov, Daniel Willett
  • Lawrence Berkeley NL - Vassilia Zorba
  • Lawrence Livermore NL - David Weisz
  • Oak Ridge NL - Ben Manard
  • Savannah River NL - Alicia Fessler, Rob Lascola

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

Tuesday, October 13 from 4:30 - 5:00 pm

The Coblentz Society has undertaken an effort to record the reminiscences of some of our senior members.  Because Clara Craver was instrumental in the formation of the Society, initial efforts have centered around recording memories of Clara and the vibrational spectroscopy community when Clara was active.  These interviews, with people who knew Clara well, are the basis of Spectroscopists in Industry: The Multi-Generational Impact of Clara Craver.

Spectrochimica Acta B Best Paper Award Session Sponsored by host

Wednesday, October 14 from 9:45 - 10:45 am

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


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've worked hard to bring you chances to be together even though we're apart.  

Speed Mentoring Hosted by the Coblentz Society and SAS Sponsored by hosts
Monday, October 12 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm


Typically a face-to-face speed mentoring session, we've been able to move this activity online and preserve the one-to-one conversation model. We'll provide instructions and starter questions for making the most of your matches; about ten 7-minute pairings will take place during the session.

If you're interested in pairing up with our mentors, sign up using link above. Please only sign up if you plan to attend: on time and for the whole session. Attendance is being strictly controlled to ensure we have the right number of mentors, so signing up and not showing up means someone else was locked out of attending and the spot you took goes to waste.

Coffee with a Chemist Sign up as a sponsor of one or all three! Check out the Sponsorship page for details.

Tuesday, October 13 from 8:15 - 8:45 am hosted by Matthieu Baudelet

Tuesday, October 13 from 12:15 - 12:45 pm hosted by Katherine Bakeev

Wednesday, October 14 from 7:15 - 7:45 pm hosted by Fred LaPlant

Grab a cup of coffee (or a cocktail depending on your time zone!) and snag one of the limited seats available. Attendance will be locked down to the first 30 who enter to keep the conversation manageable. 

Organized Chaos (Open Networking) - Sponsored by Coherent 

Thursday, October 15 from 9:00 - 9:45 am

For many of us, 2020 can be summed up by the phrase “organized chaos.” Come unwind and debrief on the last day of the first ever virtual SciX. Enter en masse then see who you’ll meet in random breakouts, and be ready for some lively conversations about what you’ve seen during the conference. 

Hop-in Chat Rooms
Tuesday through Thursday from 8 am - 8 pm EDT


Since we don't have coffee breaks and receptions for bumping into other attendees, try out one of the themed SciX Hop In Rooms! Included in your registration, you can access Hop In Rooms by clicking the link below and creating an account on the website (separate from your virtual meeting website login). There you can choose a topic of interest and hop in!

Hop In Rooms allow up to 20 people to video chat at a time, with additional participants able to watch/listen/chat. You can also leave notes/messages for others in the chat - the chat stays visible throughout the meeting.

There is no set structure: rooms are open 8 am - 8 pm EDT daily, Tuesday-Thursday. These rooms are driven by chance - you never know who you'll bump into! (Hint: try logging in during break times in the main program.) All rooms are monitored for inappropriate behavior and anyone found violating the SciX Code of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action.

SAS Members' Event Sponsored
Wednesday, October 14 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm

RSVP required by 10/13!! Request Zoom access with the SAS office by providing your name, phone number and email to Stephanie Iocco at or by phone at +1 301-674-1458. 

SAS Student Event Sponsored

Thursday, October 15 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

All students are welcome, but RSVP is requested by 10/14. Send your name and email to Ewelina Mistek at or to the SAS office by phone at +1 301-674-1458.

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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