FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | July 15, 2022

ACS and the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences enter into memorandum of understanding

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2022 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences (CSES). A virtual MOU signing ceremony was held on July 14.

CSES is the largest society for environmental sciences and technologies in China, with more than 80,000 individual members, around 1,900 organizational members, eight working committees and 70 branches covering the fields of environmental sciences, technology and management.

Since 2019, CSES and ACS International Ltd - Publications Division have jointly designed and organized a series of impactful events to facilitate and stimulate the exchange of research ideas and dialogues among top scientists on pressing issues such as water pollution, carbon neutrality, low carbon chemistry, microplastics and health. With the increased focus on improving environmental health by identifying solutions to global challenges, ACS and CSES have signed a three-year MOU to collaborate on joint activities and events focused on key themes associated with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

ACS and CSES have a shared interest in advancing the chemistry and scientific enterprises, and their practitioners, in identifying solutions to global environmental challenges, particularly those associated with selected UNSDGs. To that end, ACS and CSES have entered into the MOU to collaborate on joint activities and events focused on key themes, including:

  • Raising awareness of and addressing the challenges associated with global environmental issues.
  • Promoting innovations to benefit global environmental goals.
  • Facilitating the translation of research to practical solutions.

“ACS and CSES are renowned scientific societies that share an interest in identifying solutions to global environmental challenges, such as those enunciated in the UNSDGs,” says Thomas Connelly Jr., Ph.D., ACS chief executive officer. “The intent of the MOU is to advance science and innovation through international cooperation. Furthermore, both parties wish to realize research synergies and to solve environmental issues that affect all humankind. This MOU will frame our cooperation for years to come.”

Joint activities and events, such as symposia, round-table discussions, and workshops for society members, the broader scientific community, and the general public, will be held at each society’s conferences or other mutually agreed upon venues. Special attention will be given to chemical science solutions to environmental concerns, particularly those associated with selected UNSDGs.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and all its people. The Society is a global leader in promoting excellence in science education and providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a leader in scientific information solutions, its CAS division partners with global innovators to accelerate breakthroughs by curating, connecting and analyzing the world’s scientific knowledge. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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