ACS International Chemistry Festival

The Chemistry Festival, or “Festival de Química,” is a community event where chemistry professionals, professors, teachers, and students use hands-on activities to demonstrate and emphasize the importance of chemistry in our everyday life.

Chemistry Festival Organizers receive training by ACS either individually or through participation in a Festival Training Institute, then recruit volunteers from their workplaces, nearby universities, and ACS International Student Chapters. Participants typically range in age from 6 - 15 years old, but everyone can enjoy the fun!

Festival Organizers outside of the U.S. can compete for grants of up to 3000 USD to support their local events. Grant submission opens twice a year, roughly in February and April of each year.


Upcoming Events

August, 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

September, 2017
Arusha, Tanzania
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Szeged, Hungary

October, 2017
Santiago, Chile
Bogotá, Colombia
Shanghai, China

November, 2017
Mumbai, India
Jeju, South Korea
São Paulo, Brazil

December, 2017
Cusco, Peru

2018
Bucharest, Romania
Istanbul, Turkey
Sharjah, UAE


History

The “Festival de Química” was started in Puerto Rico in 2005 by Dr. Ingrid Montes. The first goal of the program was to share the joy of chemistry with native Spanish speaking audiences within the U.S. The program quickly spread to Latin America, and then to Asia and Africa.

Exemplary Chemistry Festivals are held in Puerto Rico twice a year as part of celebrations for National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate Earth Week.

In 2010, the Chemistry Festival became an official ACS Program. In 2016, the Festival Training Institute was launched to spread the Chemistry Festival even farther around the globe. ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapters and Allied Societies are invited to send delegations of two to these regional training events to prepare them to host a Chemistry Festival within the year.

We hope to help every International Chemical Sciences Chapter hold a Festival by the end of 2018.

Festival de Quimica logo
Program Impact Since 2010
Festivals Days Volunteers Participants
40 67 > 4,100 > 57,000
World map of planned and previous Chemistry Festival sites

Gold - Previous Chemistry Festival Sites

Green - Planned Chemistry Festivals in 2017 or 2018

Last updated: July 31, 2017

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Festivals in the News

Congratulations to the ACS JingJinJi International Chemical Sciences Chapter for winning the 2017 Global Engagement Award for International Chemical Sciences Chapters during the 19th Annual ChemLuminary Awards. JingJinJi, led by alumni from our very first Festival Training Institute, hosted an amazing Chemistry Festival that reached more than 2,000 people. Well done!


The ACS Malaysia International Chemical Sciences Chapter, hosts of the most recent Festival Training Institute, recently combined science outreach with an opportunity for students to practice their English in collaboration with the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysian Muslim Scientist Association (PERINTIS) and the Malaysian Education Engineering Association (SEEM). This effort was led by Dr. Mohd. Kamaruddin Abd. Hamid and Dr. Norazana Ibrahim and was covered in the New Sabah Times (article in Malay).


Chemistry Festival mascot

Australia hosted its first Chemistry Festival during the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Centenary Congress in Melbourne, Australia. Participants completed four hands-on activities in the theme “Chemistry Protecting the Community,” watched a Chemistry Show, and heard a short lecture from Sir Martyn Poliakoff, creator of the Periodic Table of Videos. More than 300 students participated and RACI Leadership hopes to collaborate with ACS on similar future events. Read more about their event at the Australia Festival Website.

The Festival Organizers, Dr. Ludo Dumée and Dr. Tony Baker, represented the ACS Australia International Chemical Sciences Chapter during FTI Malaysia.


Chemistry Festival flyer

The latest Festival held in Lima, Peru was featured on TV Perú! Volunteers demonstrated how to extract DNA from strawberries, and how to use shaving cream and food coloring to create marbeled paper. Our Festival Organizer and FTI Alumna, Fiorella Olivera-Venturo, answered questions at the end of the segment (Audio in Spanish).

Ms. Olivera-Venturo represented the ACS Peru International Chemical Sciences Chapter, along with Dr. Celina Luízar Obregón of Cusco, during FTI Panama.

Tabla Periódica Monumental

During the 51st Congress of the Mexican Chemical Society (SQM), the Tabla Periódica Monumental - a larger than life periodic table, complete with volunteers acting as the elements- was a great part of their multiple day Chemistry Festival. Read more about SQM and the Tabla Periódica Monumental (Article in Spanish).


"Chemistry Festival Arrives In Beijing" - Public outreach event is part of Chinese Chemical Society conference.


Nurturing Chemistry Undergrads” - ACS Programs Help Sharpen Skills Of Students In Puerto Rico Aiming For A Career In Chemistry


The Puerto Rico Local Section celebrated CCED 2013 with its Festival de Química. Joined with Student Chapters and Chem Clubs, more than 200 volunteers collaborated to impact over 2,000 people with hands-on activities, lecture series, and public exhibits. They won the 2014 ChemLuminary Award Winner for Outstanding Community Involvement in Chemists Celebrate Earth Day

Puerto Rico Local Section representatives photo
From left to right: George Heard, Dr. Ingrid Montes, Dr. Marinda Wu, Juan C. Aponte-Santini, Josué Rivera, Dr. Nestor Carballeira.
by Peter Cutts

 

 


Previous Festival Photos

Puerto Rico
by Ingrid Montes
Group photo festival in Beijing, China
China
by Kelen Fureigh
Mexico
by Ingrid Montes
Polymer demonstration photo
China
by Kelen Fureigh
Chile
by Ana Maria Edwards
safety glasses photo
China
by Jiakang Zhang
Colombia
by Carolina L. Castillo