About National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week is a community based program of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This annual event unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.

National Chemistry Week Mission

The mission of National Chemistry Week 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.

National Chemistry Week Contacts

National Chemistry Week is administered by the ACS Office of Volunteer Support which is part of the Membership and Scientific Advancement Division. The Committee on Community Activities serves as the advisory group for ACS Community Programs.

NCW Themes

Themes are selected by members of the ACS Committee on Community Activities. National Chemistry Week occurs annually the fourth week of October.

Future Theme

NCW 2017 will take place on October 22–28.
Theme: "Chemistry Rocks!"
Exploring the chemistry of rocks and minerals.


Kids at outreach event
Courtesy of the Corning Local Section