LEADS Conference

Lasting Encounters between Aspiring and Distinguished Scientists

  July 18-20, 2022  |    Washington, D.C.

2022 ACS LEADS conference logo

The American Chemical Society will be hosting the LEADS Conference, a 3-day event focused on preparing high-potential early career  professionals and students for successful and impactful careers in the chemical enterprise. This event, conceived by ACS Past-President, Luis Echegoyen, will bring together highly esteemed chemists, scientists, professionals, and Nobel Laureates for networking, self-reflection, career exploration, mentoring, and technical discussions.

Ultimately, attendees will depart having

  •  An increased knowledge of the vast array of chemical careers and how they intersect with global grand challenges
  •  An individual development plan to map out and pursue a career 
  •  An enhanced understanding of one's own strengths and unique skillsets
  •  A broadened network of peers and high-profile scientists for future collaboration and mentoring

When and where is the LEADS conference?

The conference will take place at the Hamilton Hotel July 18-20, 2022 in Downtown Washington, D.C.

We will continue to monitor progress with COVID-19 and make decisions accordingly with safety being an utmost priority.



View the LEADS conference schedule, featuring panels with distinguished scientists, Nobel Laureate Lightning talks, inspirational keynote lectures, and more.

Application Process

The LEADS conference is intended to bring together a diverse group of promising chemistry students and professionals for three days of career development and networking. If you have a passion for chemistry and are committed to using it to improve your world, check back at a later time for future opportunities.

Application submission for the 2022 LEADS conference is currently closed. 


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