National Chemistry Week (NCW) is a community-based program of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This annual program unites ACS local sections, student chapters, technical divisions, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. NCW occurs annually during the third week of October.
The mission of NCW is to reach the public, particularly elementary and secondary school children, with positive messages about chemistry to:
Make a positive change in the public's impression of chemistry;
Promote a mechanism for effectively mobilizing ACS local sections; and
Motivate the ACS membership through local section activities.
NCW is administered by the ACS Office of Science Outreach which is part of the Education Division. The Committee on Community Activities (CCA) serves as the advisory group for outreach programs, and selects and develops the NCW themes and materials.
National Chemistry Week Themes
NCW 2020, October 18–24
Topic: Glues and Adhesives
Theme: Sticking with Chemistry
Fast or Slow...Chemistry Makes It Go!
Glues and Adhesives
Sticking with Chemistry
Chemistry is Out of This World
Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry
Chemistry Colors Our World
October 19 – 25
The Sweet Side of Chemistry: Candy
Energy: Now and Forever!
Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science!
Chemistry and Health
Chemistry: Our Health, Our Future!
Movie Special Effects
Behind the Scenes with Chemistry!
Having a Ball with Chemistry
Careers in Chemistry
The Many Faces of Chemistry
Materials Chemistry, Home Safety
Your Home—It’s All Built on Chemistry
Chemistry in Toys
The Joy of Toys
Food and Body Chemistry
Health and Wellness
Atmospheric Chemistry and Chemical Reactions
Earth’s Atmosphere and Beyond!
Soaps and Detergents
Chemistry Keeps Us Clean!
Chemistry and Art
Celebrating Chemistry and Art
Get Cooking With Chemistry
A Global Salute To Polymers
Pigments and Dyes
World of Color
Chemistry Is Everywhere
National Chemistry Day Parade 1987 (Washington, DC)