ACS Local Sections and Technical Divisions

The Society's 187 Local Sections and 32 Technical Divisions offer our members valuable opportunities to network and exchange vital information with their peers across town or even around the globe.

  • Get Involved/Stay Involved — Are you interested in getting involved in ACS activities? Are you already involved with one or more Society activities but need help finding resources? Or, are you looking for something you can do—or say—as an individual to communicate the importance of chemistry in our lives? Get how-to steps for making the wonder of chemistry resonate throughout your community.

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  • Science Cafés provide local section members with an opportunity to share scientific knowledge with the public in a restaurant, museum, or other venue.

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  • Community Outreach is key to informing the public about the positive contributions of chemistry to our everyday lives. As a local section member, you can raise community awareness about the importance or chemistry by participating in National Chemistry Week or Chemists Celebrate Earth Day. You can also serve as a community advocate to local government officials about chemical science matters.

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  • ACS Divisions offer nearly 120 awards, grants and fellowships to our members. These awards, which often include funds for travel and study, are presented for outstanding achievements by:

    • Professionals in the chemical sciences.

    • Students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    • Authors of "best papers" presented at meetings and conferences.

    • Division members for distinguished service.


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  • The ACS National Meeting Program is developed and executed through the efforts of division volunteers and contributors. Divisions and their members play a major role in creating symposia in areas of specific interest to members. They also collaborate to produce robust thematic programming that includes Keynote Addresses and Plenary Sessions.

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