Subcommittees of the Committee on International Activities (IAC)

The Committee 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, especially the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council.

Committee members may choose to serve in the following subcommittees, which specialize in regional issues and/or scientific freedom and human rights issues.

Subcommittee I: Africa and the Americas

Richard Danchik, Chair

Subcommittee 1 is responsible for the geographical areas of the Americas and Africa.  In particular we have a concern for access for countries with low bandwidth internet capability.  In general we are interested in facilitating the development of Chemistry throughout the Americas and Africa.  In particular, we want to foster general and chemical education, especially at early levels and for women; we hope to develop partnerships with other countries to advance our shared goals in reaching out to fulfill our educational mission. 

Subcommittee II: Europe and the Middle East

Ellene Contis, Chair

Subcommittee 2 is responsible for Europe and the Middle East and in those regions works to (1) to serve as an informational clearinghouse for opportunities available to younger chemists for cooperative efforts and exchange of students, (2) to support and maintain liaisons with  federations, (3) to promote and publicize programs of the ACS that would be of interest to sister societies and receive information from them in the same way; (4) to provide recommendations to the full committee to advise ACS President of member nominations to the U.S. National Committee and Divisional Membership in IUPAC; and (5) to serve as an international clearing house for International Activities of the divisions.

Subcommittee III: Asia and the Pacific Basin

Agnes Rimando, Chair

Subcommittee 3 is responsible for the Asia / Pacific Basin and works to advance the goals of ACS to identify common values, and to connect and collaborate with counterparts in Asia and the Pacific Rim. The subcommittee seeks to address, through the chemical enterprise, the challenges facing our world by focusing on activities that advance science education, knowledge, research, interaction, and collaboration through the expertise of network members and their counterparts in Asia and the Pacific Rim.