Posted By Rudy Baum on Aug 22, 2010 |The ACS Board of Directors held its open meeting this morning (Sunday) at the Boston national meeting. As is customary at open meetings, the board heard brief presentations from a number of dignitaries from sister chemical societies from around the world. These included Temechegn Engida, president of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia; Supawan Tantayanon, president of the Chemical Society of Thailand; Choon H. Do, president of the Korean Chemical Society; Eusebio Juaristi, president of the Mexican Chemical Society; David Phillips, president of the Royal Society of Chemistry; and Michael Dröscher, president of the German Chemical Society. A common theme of all of the presentations was the International Year of Chemistry 2011 activities being planned by chemical societies worldwide. A high point of the open meeting was the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the ACS and the German Chemical Society that commits the two societies to a three-year alliance focused on communicating the importance of chemistry to the general public and extending the rich history of collaboration between the two societies. Prior to the signing, ACS President Joe Francisco addressed the open meeting, observing that the “far reaching exchanges between the German Chemical Society and ACS have culminated in this important memorandum. It is increasingly important that science become a global endeavor. A number of important issues are global in nature including climate change, access to clean water, and the need for sustainable energy. We need to facilitate interaction among scientific societies around the world to address these issues.” Signing the memorandum were Francisco and ACS Board of Directors Chair Bonnie Charpentier for ACS and Michael Dröscher for the German Chemical Society.