ACS Human Rights Webinars

ACS offers webinars on a wide variety of topics. These webinars are meant to inform the public on how to identify appropriate and practical solutions to human rights problems facing the scientific community. They demonstrate the applications of chemistry used to address global challenges such as access to safe water and sanitation.


Next Webinar: Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

May 13, 2014; 1:00 p.m./13:00 Eastern Standard Time

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997. As of today the OPCW has 190 Member States, who are working together to achieve a world free from chemical weapons. They share the collective goal of preventing chemistry from ever again being used for warfare, thereby strengthening international security. On May 13, 2014, the ACS Science and Human Rights webinar series will host Dr. Jonathan Forman, Science Policy Adviser for the organization, to speak on the history of the organization, its achievement of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, and the importance of the eradication of chemical weapons.


Science Diplomacy as a Bridge to Peace in the Middle East

View the Malta Conferences Webinar

Dr. Zafra M. Lerman, President of the Malta Conferences Foundation, will speak during this webinar on the importance of science diplomacy in working toward stability in the Middle East. This session will be moderated by Dr. Norman Neureiter, Acting Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


A Look at Seeding Labs

View the Seeding Labs Webinar

Dr. Nina Dudnik, Founder and CEO of Seeding Labs, spoke about Seeding Labs and how the organization supports the ACS mission to explore the role the scientific community plays in empowering talented scientists in developing countries to conduct life-changing research that facilitates access to medicine, safe water, and education.


Coffee for Justice – Chemistry in Service to Small-holder Coffee Producers in Latin America

The featured speaker, Dr. Susan Jackels, Professor of Chemistry at Seattle University, shares her work with the Coffee for Justice Project and discusses the central role that science, specifically chemistry, plays in empowering and assisting small-scale coffee farmers in Latin America, in the wake of the devastating coffee crisis, through research and appropriate technology methods allowing the production of high-quality specialty market quality coffee.

Presentation Slides (Dr. Susan C. Jackels, Seattle University)


Chemistry, Human Rights, and Health

Learn the role that chemistry plays in the advancement of health as a human right, and the opportunities our science creates in the treatment of illness via access to quality medicines, nutritious food, safe water, and sanitation.


Access to Water

Learn the role that science, particularly chemistry to address the fundamental human right to access to clean water and sanitation.



Best Practices for Defending the Human Rights of Scientists

Learn about the interplay between human rights and science, and how you can identify appropriate and practical solutions to human rights problems facing the scientific community today.