Innovation Day


About Innovation Day

This year’s innovation day will be held Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, with a concurrent virtual component.

Member companies may send groups of their most promising young researchers to this two day event which exposes them to topics on the frontiers of today’s chemical research. Plenary sessions and a series of interactive discussion groups address currently relevant subjects.  The event also gives attendees plenty of time for informal interaction and networking with their peers from other companies.  First held in 2004, the program is organized by the Science History Institute in concert with an advisory group of SCI member chief technology officers, who help organize and moderate discussion groups. The Gordon E Moore medal is presented at lunch on Innovation Day.

2021 Innovation Day Format

A networking breakfast and poster session are followed by a viewing of the latest Science History Institute museum exhibition, “Downstream.”  The Gordon E Moore medal winner receives the medal at lunch and gives an address on his or her work. Two tracks of breakout panels are held in the afternoon: Track 1-Sustainability and The Role of Diversity in Innovation and the Entrepreneurial Process; Track 2-Digitization and The New Normal. Cocktails and networking close out the event.

Most of the events and sessions will have an online component for those unable to attend in person.

Perkin Medal Dinner: The Perkin Medalists gives an address at a dinner in his or her honor the evening.

Who Attends

Attendees come mainly from the research organizations or other technical groups in the SCI member companies.  A number of research managers also attend.  The conference typically draws about 150 people.

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Photos from Past Innovation Days

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