Presidential Events

Presidential Events & Symposia

These events and symposia, endorsed by the ACS President and the organizers, deliver scientific content of greatest interest to ACS meeting attendees.

Registrants can add events to their itinerary from the meeting program. In-person meeting attendees are encouraged to download the ACS Meetings & Events Mobile App for quick access to the meeting program to build your onsite schedule, search for exhibitors, and navigate using the maps feature.

PLEASE NOTE: The mobile app is intended for onsite use only and does not sync with the virtual meeting platform itinerary.


Joachim Sauer: From the shadow of the Berlin wall to the spotlight of international politics
(Open to All Registered Attendees)

Join us for a talk and conversation with Joachim Sauer as he shares his life, career, and science in this very special presidential event. He will share insight from before and after the fall of the Berlin wall as well as his experiences as partner of quantum chemist and former Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.

Sunday, August 21
2:00 – 3:00 PM CT

Skyline Ballroom W375C, McCormick Place West

J. Sauer Himsel
Presidential Workshops on Accommodations & Disabilities

organized by the Committee on Chemists with Disabilities


All workshops occur on Tuesday, August 23

Gold Coast, Sheraton Grand Chicago

Covering and Reserve Covering (hybrid)
9:00 – 10:00 AM CT

What you don’t see | Invisible Disabilities (hybrid)
2:00 – 3:00 PM CT

Science is for Everyone! Strategies and Suggestions for Accommodations (hybrid)
3:30 – 4:30 PM CT

Zumba with Dr. Michael Jones and ACS President Angela Wilson

Sunday, August 21 | 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM CT
Riverwalk A, Sheraton Grand Chicago

This event is free to all attendees.

We encourage you to show your appreciation with a gift to the ACS Scholars Program or ACS Project SEED.

ACS DEIR Reception Honoring AISES' 45th Anniversary

Sunday, August 21 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CT
Riverwalk B, Sheraton Grand Chicago

Join us to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Presidential Workshops – Saturday Sessions

Saturday, August 20

Introduction to Python for Data Science in Chemistry (offered by MOLSSI) (in-person)
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CT

Fundamentals of Deep Learning (offered by MOLSSI) (in-person)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT

Introduction to Quantum Computing (in-person)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT

How (and Why) to TikTok and Use Other Social Media Platforms (virtual)
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

How (and Why) to TikTok and Use Other Social Media Platforms (in-person)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CT

Presidential Workshop on Entrepreneurship (hybrid)
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM CT

Other Presidential Events and Symposia

These events and symposia are organized or directly supported by the President or the ACS Presidential Succession.

Event and Symposium Title Date
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances – A Nexus of Environment, Health and Mitigation Sunday, August 21
Enabling the Circular Economy through Polymer Molecular Recycling  Sunday, August 21
Current State of the Art of Perovskite Solar Cells (PSC)  Sunday, August 21
Enabling the Circular Economy through Polymer Molecular Recycling Monday, August 22
Robert H. Grubbs Memorial Symposium Monday, August 22
Fifth CME NASA Symposium  Monday, August 22
Enabling the Circular Economy through Polymer Molecular Recycling  Tuesday, August 23
Fifth CME NASA Symposium  Tuesday, August 23
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances – A Nexus of Environment, Health and Mitigation Tuesday, August 23
20th Anniversary ACS Presidential LGBTQ+ Reception Tuesday, August 23

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