American Conference on Theoretical Chemistry

The American Conference on Theoretical Chemistry’s organizing committee invites you to attend this inspiring conference, held July 16th – 21st, 2017, at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. The invited speakers are among the leading scholars in their fields, span generations and disciplines, and represent frontier work on problems of considerable current importance. Inspiration, cross-fertilization of ideas, networking, new collaborations, and great science are the goals of the conference. Held every three years since 1972, the ACTC is widely attended by chemists from both the United States and abroad. The meeting grew from the biennial Gordon Research Conference on Theoretical Chemistry, held from 1962-1970. Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the Chair of ACTC 2017. David Coker, Boston University, is the Deputy Chair and Local Organizer, and Todd Martinez, Stanford University, is the Vice Chair.

The lectures will be held at the Boston University Law School Auditorium, lunches will be at the George Sherman Union Back Court, and poster sessions will be held at Metcalf Hall in the George Sherman Union. For breakfasts and dinners, attendees will have many options of nearby restaurants. A boat trip and banquet will be held on Wednesday.

We look forward to seeing you soon! Below please find links to printable versions of conference documents, should you wish to print in advance. Copies will be available at Registration as well.


Poster List

Poster Abstracts

ACTC MAP – BU & Spirit of Boston

ACTC Restaurant Recommendations

The early-bird registration fee is $475 for regular attendees and $275 for the first 100 students or postdocs with a scholarship discount. These costs increase to $525 for regular attendees after May 1st and $375 for students and postdocs without the scholarship discount. These fees include meal passes for lunch, as well as refreshments at the breaks and poster session.

Don’t miss the cruise of Boston Harbor on Wednesday evening! The cruise includes a buffet dinner on a private dining deck with private bar, DJ entertainment in an open-air lounge, games, and more. Check out more information about the cruise here. Guests are welcome on the the cruise but please purchase an additional ticket. Get your ticket(s) on the registration page.



Attendees can choose to stay at the nearby Hyatt Regency Cambridge, or on-campus Boston University’s overnight accommodations at 10 Buick Street.

For walking directions to get to the conference from the Hyatt, please click here.

For walking directions to get to the conference from 10 Buick Street, please click here.


The conference will run Monday, July 17th through Thursday, July 20th. Attendees should plan to arrive on Sunday and to leave on Friday. There will be plenary sessions starting Monday at 8:50 am and ending Thursday at 5:00 pm.

Posters and Poster Abstracts

Each participant is encouraged to present a poster. There will be two poster sessions, with a cash bar, on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm. Those participants wishing to present a poster should email a brief abstract as an attachment in MS Word in 12 pt Arial font, including title and authors, to before June 26, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST. Please make the subject of the email “ACTC poster abstract” to facilitate the process.

Poster board dimensions will be 4’H x 8’W. Posters must fit within those dimensions. Pushpins will be provided.