Reports from CAIP Affiliates:
American Chemical Society
Office of International ActivitiesMission:
The mission of the American Chemical Society is to encourage in the broadest and most liberal manner the advancement of the chemical enterprise and its practitioners. Toward that end, the American Chemical Society advances scholarly knowledge; provides professional services and support; communicates with varied audiences; and is actively involved in the science, education and public policy arenas.
The American Chemical Society will continue to be a global leader in serving chemists, chemical engineers, and other allied professionals as their premier professional society; providing state-of-the-art chemical information; and advancing knowledge creation, scientific literacy and the beneficial use of chemistry for humanity. The American Chemical Society pursues this vision by using the latest information technologies to enrich member interactions and communications with the public; optimizing the use of the Internet in all that it does; providing innovative, high-value programs and services to enhance individual professional development; and partnering with others for fast and efficient development of programs and services.
There are international components in virtually all of the American Chemical Society's many activities. These include publishing of Chemical Abstracts and 36 journals and magazines; enhancing communications with the general public and public policymakers; producing publications and projects in science education; and serving a membership of nearly 159,000 chemical scientists and engineers, some 10% of whom live outside the United States. International Activities include fostering international exchanges of scientific personnel, organizing overseas symposia and meetings, fostering international exchanges of scientific personnel; supporting scientific freedom and human rights; and developing infrastructure through shipments of donated books and journals to economically disadvantaged institutions.
- The American Chemical Society's International Initiatives program encourages visits of chemical scientists from selected countries to the United States as well as return visits by U.S. scientists
- The ACS Global Instrumentation Partnership connects chemists overseas with advanced analytical facilities.
- ACS encourages governments to take corrective action when violations of scientific freedom and human rights occur.
- The ACS Office of International Activities (OIA) provides information on: (a) the visa waiver program and current passport requirements for international visitors; (b) what to do in the event a temporary visa application to attend an ACS National Meeting is delayed or denied; (c) graduate-level chemical sciences education in the U.S., including application, admission, financial aid, enrollment, life on campus and graduation.
- American Chemical Society assists in the organization of International Chapters that permit ACS members outside the U.S. to pursue activities as a community of chemical scientists under the aegis of the Society.
- ACS celebrates the founding anniversaries of our international sister societies.
- ACS-OIA carries out continuing surveys and analysis of (a) Industry/Higher Education Collaboration worldwide and (b) the landscape, stakeholders and factors that shape the chemical enterprise in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
- ACS-OIA provides a listing of agencies and organizations worldwide that inform, fund and sustain scientists.
- two major National Meetings annually, each with an attendance of 10,000 - 15,000 chemical scientists and engineers. Eight Regional Meetings are also held, with a total attendance near 6000 and
- cosponsorship of PacifiChem 2005, the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies
- details of meetings activities are given at http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/s/1/acsdisplay.html?DOC=meetings/index.html
- Publication activities include publication of 36 journals and magazines, plus compilation and production of Chemical Abstracts which provides abstracts of the world's chemical literature. See the following for details: http://pubs.acs.org and http://www.cas.org