Committee on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs (CHEMRAWN)


READ about it in Chem Int (Apr 2018) After a long-lasting and demanding effort, a dream has come true: The plans to establish an International Centre for Natural Product Research (ICNPR) Bangladesh is becoming a reality. The centre will be built with aid from the Islamic Development Bank at the Bangladesh University of Health Sciences in Dhaka. This odyssey would never have become a success if it had not been for Professor Mohammad Mosihuzzaman who, relentlessly, gained international support for the idea through IUPAC projects and CHEMRAWN XX.
See Leiv K. Sydnes, Health for All in Dhaka: CHEMRAWN helps establish an International Centre for Natural Product Research, Chemistry International, Apr 2018, pp. 17-19 <>



ChemRAWN in Bergen in June 2016: Front Row: Nadia Kandile, Carlos Tollince (Chair), Gary vanLoon (Secretary), Zafra Lerman; Back Row: Brindaban Ranu, Jay Oritsejolone-Oghifo, Rameshwar Adhikari, Leiv Sydnes, Ting-Kueh Soon, Oleg Demchuk, Venceslav Kaucic, Hidehiko Yashima

The Committee on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs, or CHEMRAWN, is a IUPAC Standing Committee that focuses on strategic activities in concert with the following six IUPAC goals:

  1. Address global issues
  2. Advance research through scientific discussion
  3. Assist industry towards sustainable development, wealth creation, and improvement of the quality of life
  4. Foster communication among chemists and organisations with special emphasis on needs in developing countries
  5. Enhance education and the application of chemistry globally
  6. Increase the diversity in IUPAC bodies

CHEMRAWN, CHEMical Research Applied to World Needs, dates from 1973 with its major activity being the organization of a series of conferences. The CHEMRAWN Conferences, starting with CHEMRAWN I on Future Sources of Organic Raw Materials, emphasize applications of chemical research and innovation to meet the needs of society and industry for sustainable development and elevating the quality of life. The CHEMRAWN XVII on Greenhouse Gases: Mitigation and Utilization held in Queens University, Ontario, Canada from July 8-12, 2007 examined global issues of global warming while CHEMRAWN XVIII on Ethics, Science and Development was held in Glasgow, Scotland from August 3-4, 2009 in conjunction with the 43rd IUPAC Congress.  CHEMRAWN XIX focused on Renewable and Sustainable Energy from Biological Resources took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia September 27-29, 2011. CHEMRAWN XX focused on Herbal Medicine and took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 6-9, 2015. The most recent CHEMRAWN XXI meeting took place in Rome, Italy 6-8 April 2016.
Planning and coordination for ChemRAWN XXII E-Waste Africa Conference in Lagos, Nigeria (May 2021), and ChemRAWN XXIII on Medical Supply Chain Security are in progress.

Terms of Reference

(i) to identify human needs amenable to solution through chemistry with particular attention to those areas of global or multinational interest,
(ii) to serve as an international body and forum for the gathering, discussion, advancement, and dissemination of chemical knowledge deemed useful for the improvement of man and his environment,
(iii) to serve as an international, nongovernmental source of advice for the benefit of governments and international agencies with respect to chemistry and its application to world needs, and to be responsible for organizing IUPAC activities in these areas as approved by the President and the Executive Committee. The Treasurer is to be kept informed through plans, budgets, and audited accounts of activities which have financial implications. Payments from IUPAC funds must be approved by the Treasurer.

Composition and Terms of Office

(i) There shall be a standing CHEMRAWN Committee, composed of a Chair, a Secretary, six Titular Members, and up to six Associate Members, and up to ten National Representatives. In addition, the Treasurer shall be an ex officio Member, but without voting power.
(ii) The President in consultation with the Executive Committee shall appoint the Titular Members and the Associate Members. The CHEMRAWN Committee may propose names of persons suitably qualified for appointment.
(iii) The period of service of a Titular Member and of an Associate Member shall be four years, renewable for a further term of four years.
(iv) The Membership shall be reviewed every two years by the incoming President in consultation with the Executive Committee.
(v) The President in consultation with the Executive Committee shall appoint the Chair and the Secretary. The CHEMRAWN Committee may propose candidates.
(vi) The period of service of the Chair and of the Secretary shall not exceed eight years. The sum of the years of service as a Titular Member or an Associate Member and as the Chair or the Secretary shall not exceed ten years.

Current Projects

Meeting Minutes

Virtual meeting, 20 January 2017 (PDF – 190KB)
Bergen, Norway, 30 June – 1 July 2016 (PDF – 95KB)
Bled, Slovenia, 12-13 June 2014 (PDF – 81KB)
Istanbul, Turkey, 11-12 August 2013 (PDF – 81KB)
San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 2011 (PDF)

Activity Reports

2020 Report to Bureau (April 2020) prepared by Francesca Kerton (PDF – 195kb)


CHEMRAWN XXI – Solid Urban Waste Management, 6-8 April 2016, Rome, Italy (view event)

CHEMRAWN XX – Herbal Medicine for Health Care in the 21st Century, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2015 (view event)

CHEMRAWN XIX – Renewable and Sustainable Energy from Biological Resources, Kuala Lumpur 2011 (project 2010-053-1-021; report PDF – 1.0MB)

CHEMRAWN XVIII – Ethics, Science and Development, Glasgow 2009 (project 2009-013-1-021) and GA report by L.K. Sydnes, “IUPAC in Glasgow: Division Roundups Part III, CHEMRAWN: CHEMical Research Applied to  World Needs, ” Chem. Int. March 2010 (PDF)

CHEMRAWN XVII – Greenhouse Gases Mitigation and Utilization (organized jointly with the 9th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization), 8–12 July 2007 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. (project 2006-031-1-021; report – part I – Chem. Int. 30(1), pp. 35-37, 2008 ; part II – Chem. Int. 30(2), pp. 31-34, 2008).


Resources and References

How to Organize a CHEMRAWN Conference

History and Effectiveness of CHEMRAWN Conferences, 1978–2006, John M. Malin, CHEMRAWN Chair 2004-2007 (PDF)

See also: Malin, J. M., “On the Effectiveness of CHEMRAWN,” Chem. Int. March 2007, p. 4 (PDF)