Each year IUPAC endorses a large number of independently organized conferences, symposiums and workshops that cover a wide range of specialized topics in chemistry. Endorsement by IUPAC attests to the quality of the scientific program and indicates the host country’s assurance that scientists from all countries may participate. The conference must be located in a country represented in IUPAC by a National Adhering Organization.

In general, IUPAC Endorsed conferences should be international in the sense that they are intended to attract participants from anywhere in the world. Conferences that are mainly regional in nature may be eligible if IUPAC Endorsement would help attract a more international audience.

Applying for IUPAC Endorsement of a Conference or Symposia

An application for IUPAC Endorsement (AIE) must be made preferably 2 years and at least 12 months before the Conference. Normally, the Plenary and Invited lectures are published in the Union’s journal Pure and Applied Chemistry. Completing an Application for IUPAC Endorsement is the first step in the application process. After receipt of the AIE at the Secretariat, it is reviewed by appropriate officers of the Union and a decision is made as to granting of Endorsement.

  1. Scientific quality
  2. Significance of conference
  3. Suitability of conference
  4. Evidence of sufficient advanced planning
  5. Suitable timing and location of conferences of a similar type
  6. Rotation of leadership for conferences in a series or of a similar type
  7. Geographically diverse International Advisory Board (IAB)
  8. Gender equity in the composition of committees, speakers and as members of the International Advisory Board (IAB)
  9. Participation of industrial chemists as speakers and as members of the International Advisory Board

Please return an electronic copy of the completed application to the IUPAC Secretariat by e-mail to: [email protected]; download Application-for-Endorsement 20210526 doc or Application-for-Endorsement 20210526 docx (last revised 26 May 2021)


Financial Support for Conference Program (FSC)

In general, IUPAC Endorsement of a conference or symposium attests to its quality but does not carry financial support. However, Divisions and Standing Committees of IUPAC may apply for financial support via two programs for Conferences. IUPAC’s  modest financial support is to promote the specific participation of international expert lecturers or of young scientists and advanced students from that region or to realize the specific participation of IUPAC Lecturers. The financial support is targetted for USD 4,000 per conference and must be held in a country represented in IUPAC by a National Adhering Organization.

  • New Directions in Chemistry

This IUPAC program provides modest financial support on a competitive basis, to Divisions and Standing Committees that wish to support or organize a symposia or workshop on the “frontiers of science” within the framework of a Conference. For example, symposia or workshops could (i) explore the contribution/application of chemistry into a new field, (ii) explore the contribution/application of a new field to the core topic of a conference, or (iii) consider new interdisciplinary areas of research involving chemistry.

The support will be directed towards designated symposium lecturer(s) and to the attendance of young scientists. The meeting must be located in a country represented in IUPAC by a National Adhering Organization. Conferences that are part of an IUPAC series may be considered under this program if the symposium/workshop has significant focus on new frontiers in chemistry or it focuses on a novel interaction of chemistry with a new domain.

  • Scientifically Emerging Regions

This IUPAC program provides modest financial support on a competitive basis, to Divisions and Standing Committees that wish to support or organize conferences that are located in scientifically emerging regions. The intent is to impact scientifically emerging regions where, a priori, IUPAC has currently few activities, by initiating programs coordinated by IUPAC Divisions or Committees, or by supporting local initiatives.


Guidelines and Application: Application must be coordinated with and endorsed by an IUPAC Division President or IUPAC Standing Committee Chair. Thus it is appropriate for the Conference organizer to discuss the Conference program and objectives, and the identification of an IUPAC lecturer with the relevant IUPAC Division or Standing Committee during preparation of the application.

The completed application should be submitted to the IUPAC Secretariat by e-mail to: [email protected] for processing at least 12 months before the Conference. The review process should be completed in four to six weeks.

Financially Supported Conferences – Scientifically Emerging Regions (FSC-SER) application; download doc or docx, FSC-SER-v20200203.doc or FSC-SER-v20200203.docx

Financially Supported Conferences – New Directions in Chemistry (FSC-NDC) application; download doc or docx, FSC-NewDir-v20200203.doc or FSC-NewDir-v20200203.docx

Freedom, Responsibility and Universality of Science (ICSU 2014)
By advocating the Principle of Universality of Science, we help build a truly international science community. Because science is inherently a global enterprise, full participation in it requires free exchange and communication among all scientists, engagement in scientific discourse without repercussions, or fear thereof, as well as equitable and non-discriminatory access to the tools of science.