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Texas A&M at Qatar, QU establish first American Chemical Society chapter in Qatar

Published Jun 23, 2018

Qatar has its first-ever international chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), thanks to the efforts of faculty from Texas A&M University at Qatar and Qatar University. 

The Qatar chapter has been designated an ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapter, joining 19 other international chapters around the world. The chapter aims to provide chemists and chemical engineers from across Qatar and the region the opportunity to connect with one another, as well as ACS members worldwide.

The new chapter is co-chaired by Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi, associate dean for research, executive director of development, engagement and outreach, and a chemistry professor at Texas A&M at Qatar; and Dr. Siham Al-Qaradawi, professor of organic Chemistry at Qatar University. 

Bazzi said, “The American Chemical Society is the largest professional community for chemists and chemical engineers – more than 150,000 members worldwide. Establishing our chapter in Qatar is a testament to the success of all the scientific activities that we have been hosting in the last few years. The Qatar ACS chapter will be engaging in a number of conferences and workshops that will involve universities, the industry, as well as the high schools”

Participating in an ICSC brings additional benefits to members, such as eligibility for a variety of grants and prestigious awards. Another benefit of ICSC status is the opportunity to engage with ACS international student chapters, which are organized by university students studying the chemical sciences.

The world’s largest scientific society, ACS was founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress. Its mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of the planet and its people and its vision is to improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry. The society provides information, education, career services, professional development and engagement programs to help scientists and researchers thrive in an ever-changing global economy. It also supports teaching and learning for students of all ages through grants and scholarships, and we encourage investments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, research and innovation.