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.

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

The International Activities Committee (IAC) is accepting applications for its PITTCON 2019 Travel Award. Click here for more information!

Upcoming Events

256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition-Boston, Massachusetts-USA, August 19-23, 2018. 

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. 

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 deadlines are rolling and funding is based on available budget. Apply here and then email  

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 New Orleans, LA in March 2018, Dr. Jens Breffke reported about the Committee on International Activities. Click through the link above to find the written report and powerpoint slides.

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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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.