International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)

Union internationale de chimie pure et appliquée (UICPA)
Unión Internacional de Quimica Pura y Aplicada
Internationale Union für Reine und Angewandte Chemie

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Founded 1919, Paris (France), to carry on the work of International Association of Chemistry Societies, set up 26 Apr 1911, London (UK). Title abbreviated to International Union of Chemistry -- Union internationale de chimie in 1930, but the full title was resumed 1951. Statutes and Bylaws adopted by the Council 9 Sep 1975, Madrid (Spain); additions and amendments approved: 9-10 Sep 1979, Davos (Switzerland); 1-2 Sep 1981, Leuven (Belgium); 25-26 Aug 1983, Lyngby (Denmark); 6-7 Sep 1985, Lyon (France); 16-17 Aug 1989, Lund (Sweden); 14-15 Aug 1991, Hamburg (Germany); 11-12 Aug 1993, Lisbon (Portugal); 10-11 Aug 1995, Guildford (UK); 20-30 Aug 1997, Geneva (Switzerland); 13-14 Aug 1999, Berlin (Germany); 7-8 July 2001, Brisbane (Australia); 5-6 Aug 2009, Glasgow (UK).


Contribute to the worldwide understanding and application of chemical sciences and to the betterment of the human condition; address international issues in the chemical sciences utilizing expert volunteers from member countries; provide leadership, facilitation and encouragement of chemistry; promote norms, values, standards and ethics of science and free exchange of scientific information.

Future Events

2021 Montréal QC, Canada – Biennial World Chemistry Congress

2021 Montréal QC, Canada – Biennial General Assembly

Past Events(2)

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Networking/liaising; research/documentation; knowledge management/information dissemination; events/meetings. Active in over 60 countries.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Ros C); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (Special Status).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 21 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 134 countries
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Subjects *

  • Fundamental Sciences
    • Chemistry
  • Action
    • Application

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