Affiliate Membership Program

History and Introduction

The IUPAC Affiliate Membership Program (AMP) allows any individual with an interest in IUPAC and IUPAC Activities to sustain a relationship with the Union. At the IUPAC Council meeting at Leuven, Belgium in 1981, IUPAC discussed a plan to establish an Affiliate Membership Program. The intention of the AMP was to engage individual chemists, National Adhering Organizations (NAOs), the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) and Chemical Societies more effectively in the work of the Union. The issues involved were set out first by an ad hoc group and subsequently by a Committee on Affiliate Membership and over the years, were discussed additionally by the Bureau, the Finance Committee, and the Executive Committee. In 1985, at the 32nd General Assembly in Lyngby, Denmark, the AMP plan was approved by Council by majority vote. The first Affiliate Members were enrolled at the beginning of 1986 with the recruitment of 5,500 members in the first year of operation.

In 2016, almost 1400 chemists from 50 countries registered as Affiliates. Included in this number are nearly 140 sponsored Affiliate memberships for chemists from developing and economically disadvantaged countries.

During 2016 and early 2017, discussions led by the Treasurer and Executive Director, led to proposed changes that would achieve broader global engagement by active chemists and offer the opportunity for younger chemists in NAO and non-NAO countries to engage in IUPAC membership. The proposed changes were discussed at the 99th Executive Bureau Meeting, Beijing 8-9 November 2016 and 99th Bureau meeting (Virtual) 8 April 2017. A revised Affiliate Membership Program (AMP) proposal, including changes and enhancements, was approved at the 49th Council meeting in São Paulo, Brazil in July 2017. The original objectives and intentions of the AMP remain as part of this revised program.

  1. Objectives of the Affiliate Membership Program
  2. Changes to the Affiliate Membership Program 2018
  3. The Cost of Affiliate Membership Subscriptions for 2018
  4. Sponsored Affiliate Membership

Objectives of the Affiliate Membership Program

1. To maximize the participation of chemists world-wide in the affairs of IUPAC and to disseminate information about IUPAC, its activities, and its output to a much wider audience globally.
2. To provide a broader personal contact base for IUPAC to chemists who are not recorded as active members of IUPAC bodies identified in its Divisions and Committees.
3. To promote a wider contact of IUPAC with Chemical Societies and other chemistry organizations by permitting them to operate an Affiliate Program with IUPAC.
4. To provide a route for contact with individual chemists in countries not having a Chemical Society (or one with insufficient resources to operate a program) by allowing them to become affiliated directly via the IUPAC Secretariat through an application process.

Changes to the Affiliate Membership Program 2018

The Affiliate Membership Program will continue as a vital part of IUPAC with immense benefits to chemists globally. Many chemists worldwide pay to receive publicity through IUPAC publications, IUPAC recommendations, endorsed conferences, and other IUPAC activities. In 2016, IUPAC launched a revision of its website to reach as many chemists and individuals across the globe as possible. Currently, there are 32 different countries that participate in the program as well as a number of chemists who join through IUPAC directly.
IUPAC believes that these changes are significant because they improve the value to Affiliate Members in the Union through enhanced opportunities for them to participate in the activities of the Union and through discounted pricing for publications, conferences and workshops.

The key aspects of the revised Affiliate Membership Program are as follows:

1. Affiliate Members from both NAO and non-NAO countries will be eligible to be nominated as candidates for Associate Member positions in Division elections and for appointment to Standing Committees. This represents a significant opportunity for chemists to become involved with the scientific work of IUPAC.

2. Affiliate Members can continue to participate in IUPAC projects, including development of project proposals, service as members of project task groups, and leadership of IUPAC projects.

3. Affiliate Members will continue to receive a 10% discount on registration fees for IUPAC endorsed conferences and symposia. Affiliate members will continue to receive a 25% discount on IUPAC books.

4. The benefit of the IUPAC magazine, Chemistry International, informs members of the various IUPAC activities and conferences. Affiliate Members will receive complimentary access to the digital version of Chemistry International (CI) and will be able to download a .PDF version. The paper version will be available at a $25 subscription premium as a contribution to printing and distribution costs.

5. Affiliate Members receive a certificate of membership, an Affiliate Membership card and a letter from the IUPAC Executive Director.

All Affiliate Members will be visible on the IUPAC website in 2018 in the Membership Directory of the website. This will provide global visibility for our Affiliate Members and incorporate the AMPs fully into IUPAC’s membership.

The Cost of Affiliate Membership Subscriptions for 2018

The AMP is administered in many countries and some regions through an AMP Coordinator. For IUPAC member countries the coordinator is appointed by the NAO. For non-member countries the coordinator will be appointed by a recognized Chemistry Society. To become an IUPAC affiliate, locate the AMP coordinator for your country / region in the listing below, and contact him or her for information on joining. Alternatively, chemists may also apply to IUPAC directly by filling out the online form HERE

IUPAC will keep coordinators informed of any direct applications in their countries.

AMP Membership is USD 50.00 per year (includes digital access to CI)

AMP Membership plus Print CI is USD 75.00 per year (includes both digital and print copies of CI)

If you are already an Affiliate, your National Adhering Organization or National Chemical Society will inform you how to renew your membership. The Affiliate Membership Program operates on a calendar year, and those who join the Affiliate Program will retain their status until December of that year. Information about Affiliate Membership may also be obtained from Mrs. Linda Tapp at the IUPAC Secretariat by email:

The following contacts have been established in the countries participating in the Affiliate Membership Program:

AMP Country Contacts

First NameLast NameE-mailCountry
PavelDrasarcsch@csch.czCzech Republic
David KofiEssumangkofiessumang@yahoo.comGhana
Maria CarlaRiccicarla.ricci@soc.chim.itItaly
RobertoAguayoaguayor1@gmail.comPuerto Rico
VenceslavKaucickaucic@ki.siSlovenia Africa
HilaryWhitewhiteh@rsc.orgUnited Kingdom
Bradley D.Millerintlacts@acs.orgUnited States