Chinese Chemical Society – Advancing


  • Li-Jun Wan

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Founded in Nanjing in 1932, the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) now has over 50,000 personal members and 63 organization members. The Secretariat office of CCS is located at North First Street 2 of Zhongguancun, Beijing, China. Please visit the website at for more information.

The CCS provides a huge platform for chemists to exchange their ideas and an efficient channel to introduce chemical science to the public.

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Academic and industrial regions are closely connected thereby toward high-tech innovation and sustainable society development. CCS is authorized to directly recommend candidates for National Awards, including the National Natural Science Award, National Science and Technology Progress Award, and the National Highest Science and Technology Award. CCS has set up 12 professional awards such as the “Young Chemists Award” and the “CCS-Sinopec Chemistry Contribution Award”, facing to all the researchers in all the chemical research in China. CCS holds about 30–40 academic meetings per year, including 5–10 international meetings covering pure chemistry, applied chemistry, chemical education, and journals. The CCS Congress is held every two years and is the largest chemistry congress in China; more than 3,000 attendees participate each time (Figure 1). In addition to more than 20 academic sessions, chemical exhibitions and recruiting activities are also included in the congress, and more participants from both academics and industry are willing to attend the event.

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The opening ceremony of the 27th CCS Congress in Xiamen in 2010.

The CCS emphasizes cultivation of young students and carefully designs many chemical education seminars for teachers to enhance their comprehensive capabilities. A series of chemical books have been published to popularize the chemical knowledge among the public. Over 150,000 high-school students participate in the National Chemical Competition each year. Four top winners are recommended to take part in the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). Chinese players have achieved 92 IChO prize medals, including 67 gold medals since 1987 (Figure 2).

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Chinese students perform excellently in the International Chemistry Olympiad.

The society has established close relationships with the corresponding chemical societies in the world to further promote international collaboration. Since 2009, CCS has granted an Honorary Fellow to 16 well-known top chemists to recognize their great contribution to the CCS and to chemical research in China (Figure 3). The total number is strictly controlled to be less than 100. CCS is also the important member society of the Federation of Asia Chemical Societies (FACS). During 2010–2011, Prof. Chun-Li Bai is the President. CCS has made great efforts to promote the development of FACS. In August 2005, the preparatory meeting took place in Beijing to establish the Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES). As the representative of the CCS, Professor Fu Xi from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS), was elected as the President. Both the Chemical Society Located in Taipei, China and the Hong Kong Chemical Society joined ACES successively. As a co-founder and co-owner society of Chemistry–An Asian Journal, the CCS has contributed a lot to the development of Chemistry–An Asian Journal by introducing it to all CCS members and calling for their highly important papers. Meanwhile, Chemistry–An Asian Journal provides a platform for Chinese chemists to share their results with the whole world.

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Chinese Chemical Society promotes international collaboration. Prof. Jean-Marie André was granted Honorary Fellow of CCS in 2010 by Prof. Chun-Li Bai (27th President of CCS and President of CAS, second from left), Prof. Li-Jun Wan (current Vice President of CCS and Director of ICCAS, second from right), and Prof. Zhen-Zhong Yang (Secretary-General of CCS, first from left).

The CCS cherishes the opportunity of IYC 2011 and has carefully designed lots of programs to publicize chemistry and to call for greater interest from the public. “IYC in China”, facing different levels, is composed of a series of celebration activities, chemical popularization, and academic activities. The news of “IYC in China” was formally released in a press briefing on January 25, 2011, and thereafter reported by more than 100 media outlets in China. The public has shown growing concerns and increasing enthusiasm. Popularization is one of the most important tasks for IYC 2011. In China, a lot of scientific activities will be hosted across the whole country to further promote chemistry, such as “Chemistry Forum”, “Chemistry Experiment Design Competition”, “Chemical Science Exhibition”, and “Chemistry Open Day”. On February 19, 2011, Popularization of “IYC in China” was officially launched in the China Science and Technology Museum. Proposed by the Standing Committee of the Department of Chemistry CAS, jointly organized by CAS and CCS, the Chemistry Experiment Design Competition named “Touch-Feel the Charm of Chemistry” was also started on the same day, calling for interesting chemistry experiment designs among the whole society (Figure 4). In order to further broaden the influence of the “IYC in China,” CCS and the China Digital Science and Technology Museum jointly constructed the official web site:, where all information on the IYC activities is available. In 2011, all of the symposia and meetings of CCS will be entitled “IYC in China” and emphasize the special themes about Chemistry and Society.

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CCS President Prof. Jian-Nian Yao (left) attended the IYC popularization launch ceremony and announced the official start of the “IYC in China” website together with Prof. Shou-Sheng Li, deputy President of the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association (right).

We are confident that chemistry will play more and more important roles in our life and in our future.

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Li-Jun Wan

Vice President of the Chinese Chemical Society

Member of the International Advisory Board of Chemistry–An Asian Journal