Committee on International Activities

What We Do

The 15-member Joint Board-Council Committee on International Activities (IAC) was established by action of the ACS Board of Directors on June 27, 1962, and was upgraded in 1974 to a joint Board-Council Committee. The IAC 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.


The mission of the Committee on International Activities is to assist scientists and engineers worldwide to communicate and collaborate for the good of the chemical and chemically related sciences, chemical engineering, and their practitioners.


Through their enduring volunteer service and commitment, members and associates of the Joint-Board Council Committee on International Activities continue in their remarkable efforts to further the obligations expressed in Article II, Section 3, of the ACS Constitution, "the SOCIETY shall cooperate with scientists internationally and shall be concerned with the worldwide application of chemistry to the needs of humanity."

Through its subcommittees on Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific Basin, the Committee continues its work to help ACS be more welcoming to chemists and allied scientists and engineers with global interests and advance its strategies that serve the international priorities of the Society.

The committee is well positioned to work in the following areas to assure success and impact as ACS continues on its journey towards a relevant, science-driven, and sustainable global presence.

  • Advance and serve the growing community of ACS International Chapters.
  • Review ACS membership structures, policies, and activities that can accelerate and/or hinder fulfillment of the ACS brand promise to our member volunteers, chemists, chemical engineers, and chemical educators with global interests.
  • Expand awareness and presence of ACS International Activities across ACS technical divisions, local sections, committees, meeting attendees, award recipients, ACS Fellows, and editorial and author communities.
  • Assure a committee environment that welcomes and supports open communication and service opportunity where a diversity of thought, opinion, and contribution is nurtured.

Who We Are

IAC Subcommittees

Our subcommittees provide IAC members, associates and consultants an important space to discuss and formulate plans for the committee in these changing conditions. In essence, they serve to identify where and how on a regional basis IAC needs to channel it talents, networks and resources.

Collectively and individually, the aim of the IAC Subcommittees is to:

  • Develop cooperative programs
  • Advance the goals of ACS
  • Identify common values, to connect  and collaborate with counterparts
  • Support and maintain liaisons  with sister societies and partner organizations
  • Serve as an informational clearinghouse for member-serving opportunities (especially for younger chemists)

A new IAC subcommittee structure for 2019 and beyond permits the opportunity to position IAC for success.

  1. The Americas (North, Central and South America and the Caribbean) - Chair, Dr. Sergio Nanita
  2. Europe (Western, Central, and Eastern Europe) - Chair, Dr. Csaba Janaky
  3. Asia Pacific Basin (including East, South, and Southeast Asia and Australia) - Chair, Dr. David Wu
  4. Africa/Middle East (North, Central, Eastern, and Sub-Saharan Africa; Arabian Gulf, including Turkey) - Chair, Dr. Tim Hanks

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