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Nordic Chemistry Learning Conference

23 september, 09:00 - 24 september, 16:00

The Nordic Chemistry Learning Conference, NCL, is a conference that aims to inspire and help chemistry teachers to stay up-to-date on the research front and the latest developments in the chemistry sector.

The theme of the conference is “Chemical education in a changing world“.

One of the aims is to present chemistry teaching with subsequent discussion about what differs between the various countries. We will also discuss different perspectives of ”the chemical industry in the future” with a focus on how chemistry teaching can change to enable a transition to a more sustainable development without fossil products. The conference will be held in English. Read more here:

Register at before the 1st of June 2024.

Monday 23 Sept The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
09:00 – 9:15 Welcome

Karolina Broman, Umeå University, Agnes Rinaldo Matthis, The Swedish Chemical Society and Jenny Olander, Stockholm University

9:15 – 9:45 Shining light on the hydrogen bond

Jan Lundell, University of Jyväskylä

9:45- 10:15 Green transition of Swedish metal industries

Ida Heinz, SWERIM, Luleå

10:15 – 10:30 Teacher presentation
10:30 – 11.00 Coffee and posters
11:00 – 11.30 Promoting Science for Life Through Chemistry Education

Miia Rannikmäe, University of Tartu

11:30 – 12:00 Green Chemistry Education – A teaching unit on organic synthesis with focus on green chemistry

Svein Tveit, University of Oslo

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch and Posters
14:00 – 14:30 Laboratory Education

Hendra Y. Agustin, University of Copenhagen

14:30 – 15:00 Digital chemistry education, from learning material to teaching methods to improve students’ learning

Karolina Broman, Umeå University

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee and posters
15:30 – 16:15 The selection of Nobel Prize Laureate

Peter Brzezinski, The Nobel Committee for Chemistry

16:15 – 16:30 Round-up
16:30 – 16:00 Walk-and-talk in groups
17:30 -22:00 Conference Dinner



Tuesday 24 Sept Preliminary workshops

Vetenskapens Hus, The House of Sciences in Stockholm


08:30 – 09:30 Lab 1

Teacher session

Lab 2: Seawater Lab 3

STEM education

Lab 4


09:30 – 10:30 Lab 5

Teacher session

Lab 6

The Vasa ship

Lab 7

GSC practicals

Lab 8

Chemical safety

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee


11:00 – 12:00 Lab 9

Teacher session

Lab 10


Lab 4

Chat GPT

Lab 11


12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Lab 12

Teacher session

Lab 13

The cold pack

14:30 – ca 15:00 Concluding session



1.Teacher session, to be announced
2.Determination of chloride in seawater with a greener indicator, Svein Tveit, Oslo University
3.STEM education for the future, round table discussion moderated by Jan Lundell, University of Jyväskylä
4.How can ChatGPT and similar generic AI tools be used in chemistry education? National and international perspectives, Karolina Broman, Umeå University.
5.Teacher session, to be announced
6.Analytical Chemistry and the VASA ship, Marie Danielsson, Vetenskapens hus
7.Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC) Practical Activities – similarities and differences in the Nordic countries’ education with input from a current IUPAC survey, Jonas Niemann, University of Copenhagen, Jenny Olander, Stockholm University.
8.Chemical Safety in Science Education – Educational Resources,, Jenny Olander and Svein Tveit
9.Teacher session, to be announced
10.Explosives in School Chemistry – how can they be handled safely, Cecilia Stenberg, Stockholm University
11.Learning and Teaching Chemistry on YouTube – insights from a Chemistry YouTuber, Jonas Niemann, University of Copenhagen
12.Teacher session, to be announced
13.“The cold pack” – try out a practical task about thermochemistry for formative assessment, Jenny Olander, Stockholm University


Organization committee

Karolina Broman, Umeå University

Agnes Rinaldo-Matthis, Swedish Chemical Society

Jenny Olander, Stockholm University

Svein Tveit, University of Oslo

Jan Lundell, University of Jyväskylä

Jonas Niemann, University of Copenhagen

Hendra Y. Agustian, University of Copenhagen



23 september, 09:00
24 september, 16:00