We would be delighted to have you join us at the BCCE. Personal invitations are not necessary to attend meetings of the American Chemical Society. All of the Society's meetings are open scientific events and welcome all persons who are interested, pay the necessary registration fee, and otherwise conform to the Society's Bylaws for its meetings.
Each BCCE is announced to the scientific and educational communities through publication of the call for papers and the program in a wide variety of national publications including the Society's publication devoted to chemical education, The Journal of Chemical Education (JCE).
The American Chemical Society's website is the best location to obtain current information for international participants regarding visas to attend meetings of the ACS of which the BCCE is one.
If you need to apply for a temporary non-immigrant visa to attend the BCCE, you are advised to apply for your visa as soon as travel to the United States is contemplated and not later than 4-6 months in advance.
Official Documentation for Attendees and/or Presenters
The BCCE provides several documents that will document your participation in the national meeting & exposition. Please note that neither the Society or the University of Notre Dame can intervene with either the U.S. Embassy abroad or with the U.S. State Department on behalf of any participant.
Official Letter of Invitation for Meeting Attendees: BCCE offers an Official Letter of Invitation to the BCCE. You can submit this letter with your visa application to verify the name, dates, location and purpose of the BCCE. We will not be able to generate personal letters of invitation to the embassy or consulate on your behalf.
Personalized Letter to Verify Presentations: A separate, personalized letter can be generated for meeting presenters to verify whether a paper has been accepted for presentation at the BCCE by logging into the MAPS (abstract submission system) and clicking on the appropriate link on your abstract page.
Registration Confirmation: Once you have registered for the meeting after 16 February 2018, you can bring your registration confirmation paperwork to your visa interview. We will not be able to provide additional visa support nor will we generate personal letters to the embassy or consulate on your behalf.
Preparing for Your BCCE Meeting Experience
After you complete your visa application, it is time to prepare to travel to the meeting. Transportation and hotel information will be posted to this website as well as registration details. We strongly recommend that you complete your hotel reservations and register for the meeting before the deadlines in order to save money and be assured the proper accommodations.
Meeting Arrangements: Neither ACS or the University of Notre Dame provides financial support to meeting participants. Airfare, ground transportation, hotel, meals, travel insurance, and any other local expenses are the responsibility of each meeting participant.
We have had participants from Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, England, Scotland, Canada, Mexico, and South America at previous BCCEs.
Information for international participants can be found in the right panel.
Dr. Steven Wietstock
General Chair, BCCE 2018
331 Jordan Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
The University of Notre Dame