Committee on International Activities

The 15-member Joint Board-Council Committee on International Activities (IAC) was established by action of the ACS Board of Directors on June 27, 1962 and was upgraded in 1974 to a joint Board-Council Committee. The IAC is responsible for studying and recommending appropriate SOCIETY participation and cooperation in international undertakings pertaining to chemical education, professional activities, and scientific matters of interest to chemists and chemical engineers, and coordinating its efforts with those of other organizations.


The mission of the Committee on International Activities is to assist scientists and engineers worldwide to communicate and collaborate for the good of the chemical and chemically related sciences, chemical engineering, and their practitioners.


Through their enduring volunteer service and commitment, members and associates of the 2014 Joint-Board Council Committee on International Activities continue in their remarkable efforts to further the obligations expressed in Article II, Section 3, of the ACS Constitution, "the SOCIETY shall cooperate with scientists internationally and shall be concerned with the worldwide application of chemistry to the needs of humanity."  

For its meeting in Dallas and through its subcommittees on Africa and Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and Asia Pacific Basin, the Committee continued its work to help ACS be more welcoming to chemists and allied scientists and engineers with global interests and advance its strategies that serve the international priorities of the Society.

  1. Fostering ACS international collaborations furthering chemistry's role in addressing global challenges; 
  2. Extending the Society's engagements in international education and training;
  3. Engaging developing countries in cooperation with partner societies;
  4. Assuring support of ACS Science and Human Rights initiatives;
  5. Supporting the development and quality of the ACS International Center;
  6. Sustaining momentum of International Year of Chemistry beyond 2011.

IAC heard a report on the outcome of the March 4-5, 2014 ACS Agricultural  and Food Chemistry Division / ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapter in Thailand conference.  This was the first ever joint ACS technical division and international chapter event and was a remarkable success advancing member networks in agricultural and food chemistry in the region and worldwide and science in the areas of Food Bioactives and Health,  Food Safety , Dairy Products, and Flavor Chemistry.  

The Committee also received, reviewed and approved five-year reports from our international chemical sciences chapters in Hong Kong, Hungary, and Saudi Arabia.   IAC also ratified and unanimously supports applications to establish ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapters in Malaysia and South Korea.  ACS Council did approve the establishment of ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapters in Malaysia and South Korea.

For more information, please email the ACS Office of International Activities or visit the OIA website.