About National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week is a community based program of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This annual event unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.

National Chemistry Week Mission

The mission of National Chemistry Week is to reach the public, particularly elementary and secondary school children, with positive messages about chemistry to:

  • Make a positive change in the public's impression of chemistry;
  • Promote a mechanism for effectively mobilizing ACS local sections; and
  • Motivate the ACS membership through local section activities.

National Chemistry Week Contacts

National Chemistry Week is administered by the ACS Office of Volunteer Support which is part of the Membership and Scientific Advancement Division. The Committee on Community Activities serves as the advisory group for ACS Community Programs.

Future Themes

National Chemistry Week occurs annually the fourth week of October.

Themes are selected by members of the ACS Committee on Community Activities.

October 20 – 26, 2013
Theme: “Energy: Now and Forever!”
Exploring chemistry and energy with a focus on sustainable resources
October 19 – 25, 2014
Theme: The Sweet Side of Chemistry – Candy
Showcasing the chemistry involved in candy and confections
October 18 – 24, 2015
Topic: Colors
Exploring the chemistry of dyes, pigments, and light
Kids at outreach event
Courtesy of the Corning Local Section