International Activities

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Video: ACS President Donna Nelson shares insights on building bridges and trust through global communities to further scientific exchange.

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

Upcoming Events

Program in a Box - October 11, 2016 7PM EST

ChemIndix, Manama, Bahrain - November 19-23, 2016 (Abstract deadline May 31)

253rd National Meeting and Exposition - San Francisco, California - April 2 - 6, 2017 

Recent News

The ACS Office of International Activities is proud to announce the launch of the ACS United Arab Emirates chapter!  The UAE Chapter was launched during the Inaugural Middle Eastern Materials Science Conference at New York University Abu Dabai, and attracted the finest local minds in the field. To read more about the UAE Chapter launch and ACS UAE's goals for the future, check out the official press release here

A Chemistry Festival was held in collaboration with the Chinese Chemical Society on July 2, 2016 with over 800 attendees. Afterward, delegates from each of the four Greater China ACS International Sciences Chapters and Candidate Chapters (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Jin-Jin-Ji, and Southwestern China) arrived in Dalian for an intensive, two-day training to host Chemistry Festivals in their home regions.Feedback from the Festival Training Institute was overwhelmingly positive, and each delegation will host a Chemistry Festival by the end of 2016. The next Festival Training Institute will be held in Panama this November. More information about the Chemistry Festival program can be found at

To effectively contribute to the global chemistry community and to engage our international members, it is important for ACS to build and sustain global relationships. HN Cheng, former Chair of the ACS International Activities Committee, recently wrote a C&EN article about it. Read "Building Global Relationships" here.

ACS executive director and CEO, Tom Connelly, was interviewed by Rudy Baum in C&EN. During the interview, Tom Connelly noted the importance of globalizing the reach of ACS. Read "Tom Connelly's Perspective on ACS" here.

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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

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

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 OIA has a variety of programs, international alliances, and activities that involves ACS staff, members, 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.