ACS Local Section Webinar Series

Join other local section leaders for our monthly webinar series. Learn about ACS programs, resources and services designed to support you and your local section. Webinars include opportunities for live Q&A or small group breakout sessions for networking and collaboration.

Upcoming Webinar Topics

LSAC Grants & Awards

Join us for a comprehensive webinar hosted by The American Chemical Society’s Committee on Local Section Activities, focusing on our current grant programs. This event will provide an overview of the Local Section Member Engagement (LS-MEET) grant, Local Section Innovative (LS-IPG) grant, Local Section Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR) grant, and the Science Café Mini Grant. Learn how to write and perform a successful grant proposal, with practical tips and strategies. Additionally, we will showcase successful grant proposals to inspire and guide your applications. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your local section's impact.

Date: Wednesday July 17, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET.

Planning Successful Activities in Your Local Section

Is your Local Section investing time, money, and human resources into new events or activities? If so, join members of the Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC) for June’s webinar on Planning Successful Activities in your Local Section. During this webinar we’ll work interactively to identify the three stages of planning successful Local Section activities: setting the target, logistical considerations, and finally, measuring the success of the event. 


  • Provide a framework to facilitate planning in three stages
  • Help volunteers craft specific SMART goals for events
  • Review logistical considerations for planning inclusive events
  • Emphasize measuring success and growth for future events
  • Expand on your initial ideas for successful activities and share ideas

Date: Wednesday June 26, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET.

Past Webinars

Trust In Science and Scientists

During her Presidential year in 2023, Judith C. Giordan initiated a Trust in Science and Scientists initiative with workshops that are being expanded in 2024 to include grants for programming and efforts to showcase this important topic and meaningfully move the needle on Trust in Science and Scientists. Join Judy and your colleagues to learn more about this initiative and opportunities to develop new programming.

Date: Wednesday May 15, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET.

Involving Industry Members in Your Local Section

Join ACS Staff and Local Section leaders for a discussion on strategies for engaging local chemical industries. Learn from the successes and challenges faced by sections, discover industry-focused programming ideas, and explore funding availabilities.

Date: Wednesday Apr 17, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET.

Social Media in Your Local Section

This webinar will provide an overview of social media and how Local Section Leaders like you can use these tools to connect with various audiences. Discover how to grow a successful and sustainable social media presence for yourself or your section and how ACS can help. You also will learn best practices for engagement, security, and accessibility and through concrete examples.

Date: Wednesday Mar 27, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET.

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week

Get a charge out of Chemistry for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week 2024! Learn about the theme, observe activities you can use for your public outreach events, and engage with chemists from the field of electrochemistry.

Date: Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET.

Welcome New Local Section Leaders

Welcome new Local Section officers! An opportunity to connect and learn more about the upcoming Leadership Institute and tracks featured for local section officers.

Date: Wednesday Jan 17, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET.

Local Sections Annual Reporting Webinar

Members of the Committee on Local Section Activities and ACS Components Services staff will help guide and instruct new and existing Local Section Leaders on the step-by-step processes of submitting the Annual Report using Community Connections.  

Date: Wednesday December 13, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET.

Robert’s Rules of Order for Effective Meetings

This webinar will provide practical advice on how to use Robert’s Rules of Order to conduct effective meetings. The content will include the basic procedures for making, discussing, and voting on motions, as well as ways in which the use of these rules will enhance the efficiency and fairness of your meetings, while also strengthening your role as a leader.

Date: Wednesday November 15, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET.

Advancing Inclusion to the Next Level with your Local Section

The American Chemical Society has long aspired to make the chemistry enterprise a place for everyone. Over the past several years, that aspiration has intensified with additional grants, the creation of new offices, and new efforts to support the addition of our newest ACS Strategic Plan goal. Learn about the various resources and guides that the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect has developed to assist with hosting inclusive events; working with partner organizations or underserved communities, and other activities that ACS Local Sections can take to help ACS advance and embrace inclusion in chemistry. Included in this session will be details on how to apply for Local Section DEIR grants and breakout sessions to brainstorm and share potential and successful activity ideas.

Date: Thursday October 19, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET.

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ACS Treasurers' Webinar

Learn about the treasurer’s role and responsibilities, legal resources, and more.

Notice of Correction: Dear officers, our earlier posting on slide 19 at the 22:50 mark of the ACS Treasurers’ Webinar, the following line should read “May separately apply to IRS for tax-exempt status.” An application to the IRS is not required unless the component is no longer eligible for the ACS group exemption.