ACS International Activities

In association with the ACS Committee on International Activities, ACS International Activities is the indispensable resource that advises and helps the American Chemical Society, the chemistry community, and individual chemists to advance globally.

ACS Global Chemistry is a monthly newsletter from the American Chemical Society Office of International Activities. The Committee on International Activities provides the ACS International Newsletter, Global Chemistry, to be the resource for ACS programs, products, and services for subscribers with international interests as well as events or opportunities in the global chemistry enterprise as a whole to promote the best chemistry and related sciences in the world.

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Upcoming Events

254th National Meeting and Exposition - Washington, DC - August 20-24, 2017

Asia-Pacific International Chapters Conference - Jeju-do, South Korea - November 5-8, 2017

Visa/Travel Information

The Official Letter from the Scientific Community responding to the Notice of Information Collection under OMB Emergency Review: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants (DS-5535), published at 82 Federal Register 20956 on May 4, 2017, can be read here.
On Monday, January 30, ACS issued a statement of concern regarding the 1/27 White House executive order banning immigration of certain parties and from seven countries.  On January 31, ACS and 150 science organizations called for the White House to rescind the executive order. Find the ACS press releases and their arabic translations below:

Recent News

ACS International Activities has compiled the following travel Information on how to obtain a U.S. visa, the visa waiver program available for travelers from select countries, what to do if you encounter visa problems, and general information to help you prepare for your travels. To learn more, see the Travel page. 

Global Innovation Imperative (Gii)
The whitepaper for Gii 2016 was recently completed. The program focused on green chemistry experiements with an emphasis on rural locations in Brazil. The whitepaper can be found here.

IAC Stopover Grants Available
The ACS Committee on International Activities (IAC) Stopover Grant application is currently open. Stopover Grants allow ACS members to make "stopover" visits during planned international travel during 2017.  Grants (up to US$500) are available through a peer-reviewed and competitive process to reimburse costs of local travel, accommodations, and incidentals for visits to work with existing and prospective scientific partners  (and their students) for the purposes of conducting lectures, training, and building research collaborations.  Application deadline for 2017 September 1. Click here to apply. For more information, contact (Note: If you are traveling prior to September 1, send us an email inquiring an early review of your application).

ACS monitors potential threats to the scientific freedom and human rights of chemical scientists and engineers, as well as to chemistry-related professionals. If you become aware of any scientist or engineer, who has had his or her human rights infringed upon, please report the incident immediately to so that the appropriate response can be undertaken. To receive an alert regarding science and human rights cases that the ACS is monitoring, please register for the ACS Science and Human Rights Alert Network.

To effectively contribute to the global chemistry community and to engage our international members, it is important for ACS to emphasize the importance of diversity and global inclusion. Ellene Contis, Chair of the ACS International Activities Committee, recently wrote a C&EN article about it. Read "Energizing global thinking as part of ACS’s diversity and inclusion efforts" here


International Division White Paper
In order to explore how best to facilitate interaction with international chemists, a working group was established between two governance committees: DAC (Divisional Activities Committee) as a representative to and liaison with the Technical Divisions, which are the home to the thought leaders in the various chemical disciplines; and IAC (International Activities Committees) as the representative for international members, which has the logistical and cultural expertise to facilitate interaction. The working group produced a White Paper that details the benefits, best practices and recommendations for international engagement. For more information or to get involved, please contact the OIA at

Chemical & Engineering News en Español!
C&EN pone a su disposición traducciones al español de sus artículos más populares

Chemical & Engineering News in Spanish!
C&EN offers Spanish translations of their most popular items

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Programs and Activities

Programs & Events - OIA activities around the world

Global & Regional Activities - Conferences, symposia, and workshops around the globe

Science & Human Rights - Monitoring the world for violations of scientists' human rights

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About ACS International Activities

The ACS has a variety of programs, international alliances, and activities that involves ACS members, staff, and other chemistry professionals. To learn more, see the International Activities Committee (IAC) page. Questions or comments? Email

International Chemical Sciences Chapters - Providing international members with a means of connecting outside of the U.S.

Global Alliances and Partnerships - Extending our reach to find solutions for challenges around the globe

ACS international center

The ACS International Center™ is a new segment of the ACS website devoted to providing listings of programs and opportunities, ACS-sponsored and non-sponsored, for funding of international research.