Society Spotlight: Chemical Society of Vietnam


  • Prof. Huynh Van Trung

The Chemical Society of Vietnam (CSV) was established in 1989 by Decision 207-CT of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers (now the Prime Minister). The Society has 3500 members which include organizations and individual scientists, technicians, and managers working in universities, research institutes, and enterprises of chemistry and the chemical industry.

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The working departments of the Chemical Society of Vietnam are the following:

  • International Cooperation Department
  • Science & Technology Department
  • Development & Organization Department
  • Education–Training–Knowledge Popularization Department
  • Consultancy–Opponency and Evaluation Department
  • Scientific Club
  • Magazine Chemistry and Application

The CSV consists of 11 specialized Branches: Polymer Chemistry, Technical and Technology Chemistry, Chemistry Education, Electrochemistry, Inorganic & Fertilizer Chemistry, Theoretical & Computational Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Granule and Powder, General Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Kinetics Catalysis &  Adsorption. Besides these Branches, the CSV includes provincial branches and scientific and technological service centers. The magazine Chemistry and Life aiming at publishing specialized research projects and popularizing chemical scientific and technical knowledge is the speech organ of the CSV.

At present, Vietnam is in the process of industrialization and modernization, so that scientific and technical activities and labor-force training in the chemistry now should develop much more than ever before. In this circumstance, the Chemical Society of Vietnam highly appreciates the cooperation and the assistance from foreign individuals and organizations.

The main activities of CSV are as follows:

  • 1.Science & Technology Activities: To support its members carrying out scientific research, research and development, and Technology Transfer Project in the chemical industry; to organize international and national conferences, seminars, workshops, symposia; and to popularize chemical knowledge.
  • 2.Education and Training Activities: To carry out the activities to upgrade chemical teaching and learning quality in high schools and universities; to take part in compiling and evaluating the quality of the chemical teaching program and textbooks; to organize the Annual Chemical Olympics for students to encourage and discover young chemical talents.
  • 3.Consultancy–Opponency–Evaluation Activities: To take consultancy, opponency, evalution for large-scale investment projects, governmental legislative documents related to chemistry; to take part in forming strategies, policies, and plans for the development of chemical industry.
  • 4.International Cooperation Activities: To support members of the CSV and foreign partners in scientific and business cooperation.

Further to the international cooperation activities mentioned above (Figure 1), the CSV is member of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) and has a professional relationship with many national chemical societies. As part of its membership in FACS, the CSV was the host society for the organization of the 10th Asian Chemical Congress together with the 8th Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences that were held successfully in Hanoi, October 2003 (Figure 2). Professor Ho Si Thoang and Professor Huynh Van Trung were President and Secretary General of FACS in the cycle 2003–2005.

Figure 1.

Signing on cooperation between Acad. Vladimir Agabekov, Director of the Institute of Chemistry of New Materials, Republic of Belarus, and Acad. Le Quoc Khanh, President of CSV.

Figure 2.

10th Asian Chemical Congress and 8th Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences in Hanoi, October 21–24, 2003.

In addition to these activities, the CSV is involved in establishing cooperation with the Korean Society of Industry and Engineering Chemistry on information exchange, training, and technology transfer in the chemical and environmental fields. This cooperation is envisioned to entail the organization of workshops as well as meetings between Vietnamese and Korean scientists, businessmen, and managers in all relevant institutes and industries.

The CSV has been a co-owner society of Chemistry–An Asian Journal since 2009, when it joined the Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES) as the twelfth member society in this organization. Since then, it has served an important function to support the publishing activities of the journal and is represented by Professor Ho Si Thoang on the International Advisory Board of Chemistry–An Asian Journal.

Prof. Huynh Van Trung

Standing Member of CC