Committee on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs (CHEMRAWN)


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

We continue to organize our established one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary conferences, but we are also working on outreach activities, workshops and symposia to highlight and address global needs that could benefit from applied chemistry research. Chemical sciences play an important role today in enhancing research capacity around the world so that everyone can work together towards solving both local and global needs in an equitable fashion (e.g. access to clean water and food, combatting climate change).

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 (Nov 2021), and ChemRAWN XXIII on Medical Supply Chain Security are in progress.

CHEMRAWN committee members