Strengthening connections between American and Australian chemical societies

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2023 —The American Chemical Society (ACS) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

ACS and RACI have a shared interest in advancing the chemistry enterprise and its practitioners by identifying solutions to global challenges that confront humanity. As a result, these organizations enter into an MOU to work together to foster connections between the two societies, support the professional development of students and early-career chemists, and communicate the value of chemistry to the public. Activities and events will be guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“ACS is looking forward to working more closely with RACI, fostering the local and global connections that enhance the value and impact of our professional associations,” says Albert G. Horvath, ACS chief executive officer. “Investing in collaborative efforts positions us to address shared challenges, benefiting the global chemistry community. Together, we will be more successful and our members will benefit.”

“This MOU presents an invaluable opportunity for RACI and ACS to collaborate on the most pressing matters that impact chemistry, our members and society,” says Shenal Basnayake, RACI chief executive officer. “Through this joint effort we will help shape a better future for all.”

The MOU extends the connections that ACS and RACI have established as a result of working with other societies on the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem) and ChemRxiv, a free submission, distribution and archive service for unpublished preprints in chemistry and related areas. Coordinating efforts to connect ACS chapters with RACI branches will be a focus of this collaboration.


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.

For over 100 years the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) has been the voice of chemistry in Australia. As the professional body for chemical sciences, we exist to support the needs, education and interests of our members. We also play a leading role in promoting the science, practice and positive impact of chemistry to the public, educational sector, industry and government.

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