The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the largest scientific organization in the world, with more than 150,000 members that live in over 140 different countries. By its very nature and mission, ACS is an international organization and close to 20% of its membership lives outside of the US, and this percentage has been steadily increasing in recent years. I anticipate and support this trend and encourage chemists and chemical engineers everywhere in the world to join the Society to take advantage of its many resources that enhance the chemical profession. There are currently 23 International Chemical Science Chapters and 67 Student Chapters distributed all over the world, which I expect will continue to increase in numbers and in membership. Chemistry is a global enterprise and the ACS plays a pivotal role in uniting this community by minimizing barriers.
As President of ACS in 2020, I intend to reach out to ALL chemical societies in the world and establish as many close and collaborative projects as possible, to foster scientific knowledge and personnel exchanges. Taking advantage of the recent IUPAC Conference in Paris, 15 chemical society presidents or their designees signed, by mutual agreement, a text of commitment to work in collaboration to advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, defined by the United Nations. This meeting was only the first opportunity for chemical societies to join this agreement; the signatories at the Paris meeting invited additional societies to co-sign this agreement at future conferences around the world.
Leaders from sister societies may contact [email protected] for more information. This is an excellent starting point to establish real collaborations across the world.
I welcome all ideas from ACS members to enhance international partnerships and improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.
I look forward to meeting and sharing ideas with the international community of chemists and chemical engineers in Qatar and across the MENA region.
Prof. Luis Echegoyen
Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry
Immediate Past President – American Chemical Society
Luis Echegoyen is the Robert A. Welch Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at El Paso. He was the Director of the Chemistry Division at the NSF from 2006 until 2010 and served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Clemson University. He was also Professor of Chemistry for 19 years at the University of Miami. He received a BS in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1973.