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The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is the world authority on chemical nomenclature, terminology (including the naming of new elements in the periodic table),  standardized methods for measurement, atomic weights and many other critically-evaluated data.  It develops and maintains Recommendations that create a common language for the global chemistry community. The scientific work of IUPAC is conducted largely through a formal Project System in which proposals from chemists around the world are peer-reviewed and, if meritorious, are approved and supported. In addition, IUPAC has many other wide-ranging activities that ultimately impact both the chemical profession and the worldwide community as a whole. These include the publishing of technical reportsjournalsbooks, databases and other information resources that facilitate the conduct of scientific research, conferences, and the provision of awards for the recognition of scientific excellence. IUPAC is also involved in joint projects with other organizations; one of which is the Joint Committee for Guides in Metrology (JCGM).

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.


The Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) is a nonpolitical and nonprofit organization serving as the major professional body representing and promoting the practice of chemistry in Nigeria. It is the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions in Nigeria and Africa at large. With its over 5,000 members, CSN is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise.


  • To promote and stimulate the advancement of Chemistry and related Sciences as channels for national development.
  • To encourage and support original chemical research and application of Chemistry to improve society.
  • To promote the education and training of Chemist and set ethical standards to promote professional integrity.

We are dynamic and visionary: Committed to “Raise national consciousness on the transforming power and centrality of chemistry to improving people’s lives and to the overall progress of Man and the Development of Society.”

This vision ─ developed and adopted by the CSN Board of Trustees after broad consultation with the membership ─ fully complements the CSN Mission statement, which is “to promote and stimulate the advancement of chemistry and related sciences and its practitioners for the benefit of Nigeria, its people and national development.” Together, these statements represent our ultimate reason for our existence and it provides a strategic framework for our efforts.

The Society publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. We also give grants for basic research in petroleum and related fields.We also play a leadership role in educating and communicating with public policy makers and the general public about the importance of chemistry in our lives. This includes identifying new solutions, improving public health, protecting the environment and contributing to the economy.