Subcommittees of the Committee on International Activities (IAC)

The Committee 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, especially the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council.

Committee members may choose to serve in the following subcommittees, which specialize in regional issues and/or scientific freedom and human rights issues.

Subcommittee I: Africa and the Americas

Bryan Henry, Chair

Subcommittee I is responsible for the geographical areas of the Americas and Africa. With regards to Africa, we are interested in promoting programs like Seeding labs. We are also supportive of the work of the IAC Working Group on Global Web Presence. In particular we have a concern for access for countries with low bandwidth internet capability. We have also heard and are sympathetic to a request from African countries for access to scientific research literature and in particular to access to Sci Finder from ACS/CAS. In the Americas, we want to encourage interest and participation in the Congress in early August, 2011 in Puerto Rico. We are also interested in helping to facilitate rebuilding Chemistry facilities after the recent earthquakes in Chile. In general we are interested in facilitating the development of Chemistry throughout the Americas and Africa. In particular, we want to foster general and chemical education, especially at early levels and for women; we hope to develop partnerships with other countries to advance our shared goals in reaching out to fulfill our educational mission.Subcommittee II: Europe and the Middle East

Subcommittee II: Europe and the Middle East

Ellene Contis, Chair

Subcommittee II is responsible for Europe and the Middle East and in those regions works to (1) to serve as an informational clearinghouse for opportunities available to younger chemists for cooperative efforts and exchange of students, (2) to support and maintain liaisons with federations, (3) to promote and publicize programs of the ACS that would be of interest to sister societies and receive information from them in the same way; (4) to provide recommendations to the full committee to advise ACS President of member nominations to the U.S. National Committee and Divisional Membership in IUPAC; and (5) to serve as an international clearing house for International Activities of the divisions.

Subcommittee III: Asia and the Pacific Basin

Agnes Rimando, Chair

Subcommittee III is responsible for the Asia / Pacific Basin and works to advance the goals of ACS to identify common values, and to connect and collaborate with counterparts in Asia and the Pacific Rim. The subcommittee seeks to address, through the chemical enterprise, the challenges facing our world by focusing on activities that advance science education, knowledge, research, interaction, and collaboration through the expertise of network members and their counterparts in Asia and the Pacific Rim.

ACS has over two decades experiences working in scientific freedom and human rights, especially in the area of letter writing advocacy for chemistry-related scientists whose rights have been abridged. Up to now these activities have been managed through the remit of a single subcommittee. However, beginning in 2011 the IAC chair and regional subcommittee leadership have enacted plans to systematically and inclusively broaden ACS and IAC participation in this area through the regional subcommittees. We will work with and provide the concomitant briefing/training for IAC members, associates, and consultants to:

  1. to help identify a high-level task force to evaluate new ACS human rights engagement strategies for ACS;
  2. to promote its human rights programming in Anaheim and beyond;
  3. to help assure an effective launch of the Board-approved revised letter issuance procedures;
  4. and, finally to bring human rights as an important element of IAC regional subcommittee activity.