The Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (CNC-IUPAC) was formed in 1993 and is supported by the National Research Council (NRC) and the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC).  The CNC-IUPAC is the Canadian identity for IUPAC, the world authority on chemical nomenclature and terminology and more. It is a leader in the provision of objective scientific expertise for the resolution of critical global issues that involve every aspect of chemistry and is involved in a wide range of diverse activities that affect the chemical profession, allied industries, and society as a whole. IUPAC is the catalyst that unites chemists worldwide and fulfills its mission by fostering sustainable development, providing a common language for chemistry, and advocating the free exchange of scientific information.

CSC and NRC share responsibility for appointing committee members and maintaining a balanced representation from university, industry, government, and various scientific disciplines. The main responsibilities of CNC-IUPAC are:

  • Advising the NRC on Canadian interactions with IUPAC.
  • Promoting within IUPAC activities that are of particular importance and relevance to Canada.
  • Informing the Canadian chemical community of IUPAC activities and maximizing the benefit of these activities for Canada
  • Coordinating nominations of chemists based in Canada for membership in IUPAC divisons and committees.

IUPAC 2021 – Montreal, Canada

The CNC-IUPAC in conjunction with the CSC, was instrumental in winning the bid to bring the chemistry world to Canada in August 13-20, 2021, when Canada will host the 51st IUPAC General Assembly and 48th World Chemistry Congress being held in conjunction with the 104th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition. Stay tuned to learn more about the exciting and global program being developed for this prestigious event.

More about the CNC-IUPAC travel awards

CNC-IUPAC established a program of travel awards in 1982 that enables scientists within 10 years of having obtained their PhD and currently with a Canadian institution to present their work at IUPAC-sponsored conferences outside of Canada.