ACS/CCS Collaboration Alliance

C&EN Article on the Signing Ceremony

Written by Jesse Jiang

The American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) has renewed a three-year collaboration alliance characterized by mutual benefit, impact and a commitment to cooperation in service to chemical scientists, engineers and professionals. The alliance, which was originally signed in 2010, emphasizes the shared interest that each society has in engaging the Chinese and US chemical communities in collaborations, research, education, and meetings.

ACS and CCS are both organizations which support chemistry and those working in related sciences on a global platform. Both organizations organize scientific conferences, publish peer reviewed materials and provide networking opportunities for those involved in scientific and, especially, chemistry-based innovation.

Elements of the current ACS/CCS partnership include:

  • Organization and delivery of joint activities with a focus on young chemists, sustainable development and/or addressing Global Challenges, particularly those associated with sustainability, e.g., energy, water, and food;
  • Cooperation and the development of joint virtual and/or physical activities and programming furthering the popularization of Green Chemistry in China and the US;
  • Coordination of efforts to support and continue the Chemical Sciences and Society Symposia (CS3);
  • Sharing popular chemical science material for public purposes, publications translation, or introducing popularization pictures or stories provided by ACS in CCS or joint events, etc.
  • Collaboration on professional development and soft-skill training for chemical practitioners, in areas related to innovation and leadership, as well as training of journal editors;
  • Mutual promotion of events, programs, products and services relevant to ACS and CCS memberships, maintaining links to each other’s websites and leveraging other communication channels available to both Societies when appropriate;
  • Invitations to senior leaders of ACS and CCS leadership to attend and participate in our respective national meetings and congresses where cooperative activities will be evaluated and refined.

Past accomplishments include:

  • 3 US/Chinese Early Career Chemists Workshops were conducted that were dedicated to global challenges, particularly those associated with sustainability (e.g., energy, water, and food)
  • Published a joint comment in Chemical & Engineering News highlighting International Year of Chemistry 2011 Activities in China.
  • In 2012 ACS has held ACS on Campus gatherings in collaboration with CCS.
  • ACS is working with CCS and three other sister societies (Germany, Japan, and the U.K.) in the Chemical Sciences and Society Symposia (CS3) series. The pilot occurred in July 2009 in Germany with the theme “Sunlight to Power the World.” The 2010 meeting took place in the UK with the theme of “Sustainable Materials”; the 2011 meeting took place in China with the theme of “Chemistry for a better Environment”; and the 2012 meeting took place in San Francisco, CA with the theme of “Sustainable Electronics”.
  • In regards to Pacifichem, the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) Pre-kick Off Reception reinforced the notion of chemistry as a creative science essential for sustainability and improvements to our way of life.  The event recognized the advent of IYC 2011, highlighted chemistry and celebrated its contributions to humanity. ACS also hosted a booth where IYC materials were distributed.
  • Dr. Long Lu, CCS Deputy Secretary General (and Federation of Asian Chemical Societies Secretary General) attended the ACS National Meeting in March 2011 in Anaheim, California
  • ACS sent a robust delegation to the 2012 CCS Meeting in Chengdu.

About CCS

The Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) is a registered non-governmental body formed by Chinese chemists. It was founded in Nanjing (Nanking) on August 4, 1932. In 1959, the CCS merged with the Chinese Chemical Engineering Society to become the Chinese Chemical and Chemical Engineering Society, but was split again in 1963 into two separate organizations, the Chinese Chemical Society and the Chinese Chemical Engineering Society. The leading body of the CCS is the Board of Directors; Directors are elected by the General Conference for a term of 4 years. At present, there are more than 55,000 registered individual members in the CCS, some of whom are foreign members. Within CCS there are 58 group members, 7 Academic Committees, 15 Specialized Committees and 7 working Committees.