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.


At its September 7, 2013 meeting in Indianapolis, the Committee heard a report on progress with the ACS International Center, an ACS Office of International Activities web application providing ACS members, chemists and allied scientists and engineers worldwide with curated information and funding opportunities for study abroad and research collaborations.

The Committee reviewed a number of planned activities and prioritized them.  The Committee also heard  reports and discussed international aspects of the ACS Chemistry Ambassador program; ACS Past Present, Bassam Shakhashiri's, climate science, global water, graduate chemistry education, and advancing / promoting chemistry initiatives; 2012 and 2013 ACS GREET and PRIME award recipient programs in Africa, Europe, and New Zealand  (in a motion, the Committee APPROVED its support for these programs); the 2014 ACS/ PITTCON program in Chicago for a program dedicated to Southeast Asia; the 2013 Malta Conference; and the ACS IREU programs.

The Committee commended the 2013 CHAS award to P&G for its safe drinking water program, and honored Dr. Eun Woo Chang for his nine years' service to IAC.

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