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. We have a variety of programs, international alliances, and activities that involve ACS members, staff, and other chemistry professionals.

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2019 Winner of the Franco-American Lectureship Prize Announced

Dr. Frédérique Cunin is the winner of the 2019 Franco American Lectureship Prize! For more information about Dr. Cunin and her work, please visit the Franco-American Lectureship Prize page.

Global Chemistry Newsletter

ACS Global Chemistry is a monthly newsletter that serves as a 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. Available to ACS members and ACS staff only.  

To subscribe, email with "oia-newsletter-subscribe" in the subject box.

ACS international center

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

Upcoming Events

2019 has been designated as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements by the United Nations. Read the prospectus here, and stay tuned for more information on events and activities from ACS and other partner organizations to celebrate this important piece of chemistry history.

Visa/Travel Information

Visit the ACS Policy site to learn more about Freedom of International Scientific Exchange Position Statement.

Read the C&EN Article titled "Chemists' lives upended by ban" by Lisa Jarvis.

Learn more about the impact of Visa/Travel policies in an article written by The American Council for Education titled "ACE, Higher Education Groups Say Trump Travel Ban Threatens Colleges’ Ability to Attract International Students, Scholars."

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. 

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


IAC Report to Council
During the council meeting at the ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA in August 2018, Dr. Jens Breffke reported about the Committee on International Activities. Click the link above to find the written report and PowerPoint slides.

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 2018. Application deadlines are rolling and funding is based on available budget. Apply here.

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.

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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