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49th IUPAC General Assembly and 46th World Chemistry Congress (2017)
The next World Chemistry Congress and IUPAC General Assembly will take place in São Paulo, Brazil, in  July 2017. The congress theme will be "Sustainability & Diversity through Chemistry." Abstract submission is expected to open in the fall of 2016. More information can be found at the congress website.

48th IUPAC General Assembly and 45th World Chemistry Congress (2015)
IUPAC's 48th General Assembly and 45th World Chemistry Congress was held August 6-14, 2015 in Busan, Korea. The conference focused on "Smart Chemistry, Better Life."  The events' scientific program included 61 symposia in 11 themes and eight plenary lectures. More details on the events can be found on the Congress website.

47th IUPAC General Assembly and 44th World Chemistry Congress (2013)
IUPAC's 47th General Assembly and 44th World Chemistry Congress were held August 8-16, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The theme of the meeting was “Clean Energy Through Chemistry", and the program included symposia on Preserving Water Resources, Converting Biomass to Energy, Marine Pollution and Sustainable Management of the Coastal Environment, and more. It featured plenary and keynote speakers that reflected on the strength of chemistry globally.

For a complete list of IUPAC events, please visit the IUPAC website.

IUPAC Young Observer Program

USNC/IUPAC member Angela Wilson addresses Young Observer Orientation session in Glasgow, UK in 2009
Established by the USNC/IUPAC in 1977 to foster interactions with internationally acclaimed scientists in various fields, the IUPAC Young Observer Program strives to introduce the work of IUPAC to a new generation of distinguished researchers and to provide an opportunity to address international scientific policy issues.  The USNC holds a biennial competition to invite early career scientists to serve as United States Observers at the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress and General Assembly.  Selected Young Observers may receive a fellowship grant. 

Eligibility: Open to U.S. scientists and engineers (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) under age 45  with interests and expertise related to the working groups of IUPAC.  To learn more about the program and view the list of recent Young Observers, please consult the IUPAC Young Observer Program website.

2014 International Year of Crystallography
The USNC/IUPAC joined the USNC/IUCr in celebrating the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014). The United Nations declared 2014 the International Year of Crystallography, in honor of the centennial of two groundbreaking events which marked the birth of modern crystallography. In 1912 Max von Laue showed that X-rays were diffracted by crystals, and in 1913 W. H. and W. L. Bragg demonstrated that the diffraction of X-rays can be used to determine the positions of atoms within a crystal.

The importance of crystallography for the chemistry community was recently highlighted in an article by USNC/IUPAC member Julia Chan, Jennifer Aitken, and Susan Latturner. Their article, "Celebrating Crystallography," can be found in Volume 92 of Chemical and Engineering News.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1441995. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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