Chemical Sciences and Society (CS3)

The CS3 series, hosted by the funding agencies and chemical societies of the US, Germany, China, Japan and the UK, convenes eminent researchers from each participating country to explore frontier chemistry research and its potential application to global challenges. By design, each meeting in the CS3 series, hosted in turn by each of the organizing countries, is to focus on a particular key societal challenge, as mutually identified by meeting organizers, and the role of chemical research in addressing the challenge.

CS3 2015

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The 2015 Chemical Sciences and Society Summit (CS3) will take place September 14-18 in Leipzig, Germany. Organized by the German Chemical Society, the symposium will bring together experts from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China and Japan to discuss chemistry and water. Chemists will identify some of the major issues affecting water including sanitation, contamination, analytical techniques to detect/measure contaminants, emerging techniques for water treatment, and methods to safely repurpose wastewater. 

ACS is pleased to lead the U.S. delegation to Leipzig to be a part of this vital conversation. The U.S. delegation includes:

  • Matt Platz, Chair (University of Hawaii-Hilo)
  • Amy Childress (University of Southern California)
  • Bruce Logan (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Venera Jouraeva (Cazenovia College)
  • Jerry Schnoor (University of Iowa)
  • Brooke Mayer (Marquette University) 
The delegation will tackle the four sub-topics of CS3, including: 
  • Water, health, and the environment
  • Detection of contaminants in water
  • Water treatment (membrane, non-membrane and desalination methods)
  • Recovery of energy and materials from wastewater 

Past Events


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Delegates convene at the University of Kyoto in Narita, Japan for the 2013 CS3 Summit on "The Efficient Use of Elements"

The 5th CS3 Summit was held from September 16-19, 2013, 2014 at the University of Kyoto in Narita, Japan with the focus topic ‘The Efficient Use of Elements’. Over 30 chemists representing the five participating countries worked together to identify and clarify problems associated with the rapid increase in demand for scarce elements and proposed rational, meaningful approaches to resolving this challenge we all face. A white paper was produced with contributions from each of the participating organizations to summarize the findings of the Summit. A press conference is slated to be convened at the upcoming ACS National Meeting in San Francisco on Tuesday, August 12 from 8:30-11:30am.

Read the full 2013 CS3 White Paper here.


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Delegates gather at the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco, California for the 2012 CS3 Summit on research breakthroughs in organic materials.

The 3rd CS3 Summit took place at the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco, California, USA on September 17-20, 2012. Representatives from five different chemical societies gathered to assess and forecast research breakthroughs in organic materials and carbon nanostructures, and how their architectures can be designed for novel electronic applications. A link to more information about the meeting can be found below.

Read the full 2012 CS3 White Paper here.

Read C&EN coverage of the 2012 Summit here.

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