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1 Apr 2019

IUPAC’s Role in Creating a Common Language for Chemistry

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A symposium entitled Creating a Common Language for Chemistry: IUPAC’s Role – Past, Present, and Future, will be held during the 2019 spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) that is scheduled to take place in Orlando, FL (USA) on April 1, 2019. Jointly organized by the IUPAC Committee on Publications and Cheminformatics Data Standards (CPCDS) and the ACS Division of Chemical Information (CINF), the symposium will provide a glimpse of IUPAC’s illustrious past and its many contributions – from the creation of a common language for chemistry to the development of standards and standardized methods for measurement, atomic weights, and the naming of new elements in the Periodic Table.

Among others, the topics that will be addressed include the history and work of the IUPAC Commission on Isotopic Abundances and Atomic Weights, the development and current status of the InChI code for the digital distribution of molecular structures, the development of a new digital version of IUPAC’s Gold Book, IUPAC’s efforts to enhance the role of chemistry around the globe and to help ground public policy in sound science, IUPAC’s activities that encourage and recognize the role of women in chemistry, and the role that the IUPAC archives play in showcasing and preserving the history of science.

But more importantly, the symposium will take a look at how IUPAC is taking a leadership role in shaping a promising future for chemical information in today’s global digital environment. Through its engagement with organizations around the globe, IUPAC is actively participating in the development of standards for creating, sharing, communicating, and preserving digital information that is FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable), working to ensure the rapid advancement of science and continuing its role as the world authority on chemical nomenclature as it moves into its next centenary.

Organizers: Bonnie Lawlor and Leah McEwen

Where? at the Orange County Convention Center, West Hall B4, Theater 11

8:15 . Introductory Remarks
8:20 . IUPAC Commission on Isotopic Abundances and Atomic Weights: Its history, role, and work. J. Meija
8:45 . Archives of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the Science History Institute. R.S. Brashear
9:10 . “A” in IUPAC: Applying the common language for chemistry to meet world needs. M.C. Cesa
9:35 Intermission
9:50 . Accidental nomenclaturest: A journey from bench chemist to ACS‐NTS and IUPAC member. M.M. Rogers
10:15 . iGROW: IUPAC global recognition opportunities for women. F. Meyers, C. Ribes, A.K. Wilson
10:40 . Role of IUPAC Committee on Chemistry Education in communicating chemistry. M.H. Towns
11:05 . Short history of IUPAC InChI algorithm. S.R. Heller
11:30 Concluding Remarks

Section B
1:30 Introductory Remarks
1:35 . Towards a “Digital IUPAC”: Coordinating community needs for digital data standards. L.R. McEwen, D. Martinsen, H.A. Lawlor
2:00 . Renovating the IUPAC gold book for the digital era and the next 100 years. S.J. Chalk
2:25 . ISMC: IUPACs interdivisional sub‐committee on materials chemistry. C.K. Ober, V. Gubala
2:50 Intermission
3:05 . FAIR data in the 21st century: The role of scientific unions in facilitating interdisciplinary data science in Chemistry and the Earth Sciences. S. Stall, L.R. McEwen
3:30 . Top ten emerging technologies in chemistry: A new initiative from IUPAC and Chemistry International . F. Gomollon‐Bel, J. Garcia Martinez, H.A. Lawlor !! See 1 Apr 2019 release !!
3:55 . IUPAC and its next century: A secretary general’s perspective. R. Hartshorn
4:20 Panel Discussion
4:50 Concluding Remarks

The Symposium will take place April 1st at the Orange County Convention Center, West Hall B4, Theater 11

21 March 2019 – Read IUPAC100 STORY 0.9 A Common Language for Chemistry and More, released in time to recognize this symposium