Committee on Chemistry Education


CCE attempts to coordinate the educational interests of IUPAC bodies with activities throughout the world.
CCE current priorities are:
• To develop relationships for working collaboratively with groups both inside and outside of IUPAC;
• To emphasize the importance of high quality student-centered learning practices as well as identifying and discussing learning outcomes in chemistry education;
• To emphasize the importance of using evidence-based practice and reflective approaches in teaching and learning of chemistry;
• To encourage enthusiasm for teaching in the areas of chemistry and the use of technology in chemistry education;
• To continue supporting initiatives that raise awareness, social responsibility, and understanding the nature of science as well as of environmental and ethical issues that are related to chemistry;
• To initiate programs on promoting chemistry education and public understanding of chemistry for developing countries;
• To create resources to support high quality research and practice, and to disseminate the outcomes of research in chemistry education.


CCE is involved in a number of projects linked to these projects.
In July 2018 the first issue of  Chemistry Teacher International will be published. In this project the CCE cooperates with de Gruyter and the Division of Chemistry Education of EuChemS. The journal is focused on publishing good practices in chemistry education. Its main target group is chemistry teachers. Discussions have started with Division IV to develop a project in which a special issue of The Chemistry Teacher International can be published. In this special issue the educational activities of the polymer division over the years will be highlighted.

In a second project Mei-Hung Chiu is working on the gender Gap in mathematics and natural sciences. In this project 10 international partners work together. This project will be concluded with a final conference in 2019.

In a third project the CCE is working on a global challenge about the periodic table. This on-line game is part of the centenary activities of IUPAC as well as the International Year of the Periodic Table in 2019.

In October 2017 a delegation of the CCE attended the 3rd African Conference on Research in Chemistry Education. The conference was visited by more than 120 participants, apart from 60 presentations, a workshop with ‘multiple use of chemicals’ was organized. The conference is important for both the local participants, as they were able to showcase the planned developments in education in Algeria. The fourth ACRICE will be organized in 2019 in Nigeria.

During the meeting of CCE in Sao Paolo in July 2017, the activities of the Flying Chemist Educators Project have been discussed and a new flyer has been developed, in which the goals and objectives of the program are highlighted once more. At the moment two projects are in discussion. The first is an ongoing project in the South Pacific, the other is a project supporting developments in Nigeria. FCEP can help in initiating activities focused on improving the quality of education at all levels. See 2-page flyer (PDF).


Terms of Reference

(i) To advise the President and the Executive Committee on matters relating to chemistry education, including the public appreciation of chemistry.
(ii) To maintain a portfolio of educational projects and to coordinate the educational activities of IUPAC.
(iii) To monitor chemistry education activities throughout the world and to disseminate information relating to chemical education, including the public appreciation of chemistry.
(iv) To develop liaisons with international organizations such as UNESCO, national and regional chemical societies, chemical education committees, and organizations concerned with the public appreciation of science.

Composition and Terms of Office

(i) There shall be a standing Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE), composed of a Chairman, a Secretary, six other Titular Members, and an Associate Member from each of the Divisions. Each Adhering Organization not represented among the Titular and Associate Members may nominate a National Representative to the CCE.
(ii) The President, in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall appoint the Officers and Titular Members. The CCE may propose names of persons suitably qualified for appointment.
(iii) The Associate Members shall be nominated by the relevant Division President from the Titular Members of the Division Committee, and be appointed by the President of the Union, in consultation with the Executive Committee.
(iv) The period of service of Titular Members shall be four years, renewable for a further term of four years. The period of service of Associate Members shall be two years, renewable to a total period of eight years. The period of service of National Representatives shall be two years, subject to renomination and reappointment to a maximum period of service of twelve years.
(v) The sum of the years of service as a Titular member and as the Chairman or the Secretary shall not exceed ten years.

Meeting Minutes

Agenda 2015   Busan, Korea, August 2015,  Agenda (PDF)
Agenda 2014   Toronto, Canada, July 2014, Agenda (PDF)
Agenda 2013   Istanbul, Turkey, August 2013  Agenda (PDF), Minutes (PDF)
Rome, Italy, July 2013, Agenda (PDF), Minutes (PDF)
Agenda 2011 San Juan, Puerto Rico, July/August 2011  Minutes (PDF)

Activity Reports


  • Report on Projects, Istanbul, Turkey, August 2013 (PDF)
  •  Report on Future ICCE Meetings – M. Hoffman  (PDF)
  •  Proposal for 2016 ICCE Meeting in Sydney, Australia (PDF) 
  •  CCE priorities for 2012-2013 (PDF)
  •  Report to Bureau, April 2013, Frankfurt, Germany (PDF)
  •  Reports on International Chemistry Education Activities (PDF)

2010  IUPAC in Glasgow, Scotland: Division Roundups – Committee on Chemical Education by Christine Reiners, Chemistry International, Vol. 32, No. 1, January-February 2010 (PDF)


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