The 15-member Joint Board-Council Committee on International Activities (IAC) was established by action of the ACS Board of Directors on June 27, 1962 and was upgraded in 1974 to a joint Board-Council Committee. The IAC is responsible for studying and recommending appropriate SOCIETY participation and cooperation in international undertakings pertaining to chemical education, professional activities, and scientific matters of interest to chemists and chemical engineers, and coordinating its efforts with those of other organizations.
The mission of the Committee on International Activities is to assist scientists and engineers worldwide to communicate and collaborate for the good of the chemical and chemically related sciences, chemical engineering, and their practitioners.
For its meeting in New Orleans, the Committee welcomed the leadership of a number of our partner societies and received reports of their international interests and priorities.
The Committee also honored Dr. Richard Danchik for his contributions sustaining the ACS / PITTCON program which over the last 18 years has brought delegations of early career analytical chemists from developing nations to annual PITTCON gatherings in the United States.
Finally, through an initiative of ACS Members of Romanian origin with the California Local Section and in collaboration with the elected leadership of the Romanian Chemical Society, IAC received and unanimously supported an application to establish an ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapter in Romania.
At the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, the IAC presented a motion and Council approved the establishment of an ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapter in Romania.