POMs 2014

Program now available
(Revised 5Nov2014)

You and your coworkers are cordially invited to attend the 42nd Ontario-Quebec Physical Organic Minisymposium, to be held on the campus of McMaster University on November 7-9, 2014. POMs is one of the premier North American physical organic chemistry meetings and emphasizes the active participation of graduate students and postdocs. We encourage the participation of all researchers who apply physical organic chemistry principles in all aspects of chemical sciences, including biological and materials chemistry.

The Program will follow a similar format to that of previous POMs, beginning with the Welcoming Mixer & Registration on Friday night, contributed oral presentations all day Saturday and Sunday morning, poster session Saturday afternoon, and conference dinner on Saturday evening. Lunch on Saturday will be provided, the cost of which is included in registration. The oral sessions will be held in the McMaster Health Science Centre, just inside the University Avenue entrance, while the poster session and banquet will be held in the University Club. The Friday night Welcoming Mixer and Registration will take place at the student pub on campus - The Phoenix - which is located in the Refectory Building.  Please download the campus map below for the specific location.  Those who are driving will find it most convenient to enter campus at the Sterling Street entrance, and park in Lot B.


REGISTRATION is $50 for students and postdoctoral fellows and $75 for faculty and industry representatives.  Registration includes a free beverage at the Friday evening mixer, and lunch on Saturday.  The cost of the Conference Banquet is $45 per person.  Anyone with specific dietary requirements should clearly indicate this on the Registration Form.

To register for the conference, please fill out the Registration Form and return it to poms@chemistry.mcmaster.ca by October 24, 2014.   We will be unable to accommodate Conference Banquet requests after this date.  


Oral presentations will be 20 minutes in length, with 15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Speakers will be expected to use their own computers; anyone who needs to make other arrangements, or has any other special requirements, is asked to contact us at poms@chemistry.mcmaster.ca. Posters must be no larger than 100 cm (height) x 90 cm (width).

To submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation, please complete the (2-page) POMS 2014 Abstract Form and send by email to poms@chemistry.mcmaster.ca.


One block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the Visitors Inn (1-905-529-6979 or 1-800-387-4620) at rates of $119 (single) and $129 (double) per night, which includes parking and continental breakfast.  Please quote the "POMs" group block when making your reservation.

A second block of rooms has been reserved at the Admiral Inn (1-905-529-2311 or 1-866-236-4662) at a rate of $109.95 per night, which includes parking .  Please quote the "POMs" group block when making your reservation.

Please note that reserved rooms are limited and will be held only until Friday, October 24, 2014.

For information on other accommodation venues in Hamilton, see  http://www.tourismhamilton.com/.


Directions to Hamilton by car

Map of West Hamilton

Campus Map (low res; high res version available on site)

On-campus parking is available after 6:00 pm on Friday and all day Saturday & Sunday in designated McMaster parking areas for a flat-rate discounted fee of $3 (per entry). Parking vouchers to use on your way out of the lot will be available at registration. Lot B (enter campus from the Sterling Street entrance) or Lot I (enter campus from the Main Street or Cootes Drive entrances) are recommended; Lot B is the more centrally-located of the two, and is closest to the Phoenix and the University Club, where the Friday and Saturday evening activities will take place.

Unfortunately, parking on the side streets close to McMaster is restricted to 1 hour maximum. 

Organizing Committee

Willie Leigh, Conference Chair.  Phone: (905) 525-9140 x24504, email: leigh(at)mcmaster.ca

Paul Berti, Program Chair.  Phone: (905) 525-9140 x23479, email: berti(at)mcmaster.ca

Jane Garneau, Logistics.  Phone: (905) 525-9140 x24504, email: garneau(at)mcmaster.ca


We thank the following organizations for their generous financial support of POMs 2014:

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology     

Faculty of Science

School of Graduate Studies


Other Links

The Official POMS website

The Chemical Institute of Canada

The CSC Organic Division

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