ACS Outreach Summits: Interest Form

ACS is experimenting with a three day in-person program dedicated to (1) helping you help others through science outreach and (2) helping you succeed with ACS. These ACS Outreach Summits are an extension of the Festival Training Institute program and are being piloted for 2023.
Two events are planned for 2023:
Summit 1: Washington DC, USA. Oct 2 - 4, 2023
Summit 2: Delhi, India. Nov 6 - 8, 2023
Please submit your interest for either summit by September 1, 2023
Up to 30 people may be invited to attend each event, and approximately 10 people per event will receive full, domestic, economy-class travel support from ACS.
For these first events, only volunteers based in the US or India will be selected.
Even if you are not selected, please join us for our virtual ACS Chemistry Outreach Meetup. These will follow in-person events and are open to anyone, although registration is required. Learn more about these virtual Chemistry Outreach Meetups here.
Coordinators of Chemists Celebrate Earth Week and National Chemistry Week; coordinators for the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad; winners and applicants for international Chemistry Festival grants; domestic and international Student Chapters; and interested individuals are all invited to apply!
The tentative schedule is:
  Mon Tues Weds
US Date 2-Oct-23 3-Oct-23 4-Oct-23
India Date 6-Nov-23 7-Nov-23 8-Nov-23
7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Outreach safety, marketing, logistics Effective Science Communication: How to Discuss Your Work with Various Audiences ACS Resources - PUBS, CAS, and Society Programs
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Lunch Lunch
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Outreach fundraising, volunteers, assessment Plan Effective Interactive Chemistry Experiences for the Public Debrief, Virtual Networking Event
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Break Break Break
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner Dinner Dinner/Depart
Please contact Lily Raines at with any questions, we look forward to your application!

Selection Process

Participants will be selected principally based on
  • Interest in science outreach
  • Involvement with ACS
  • Alignment of what is desired from the summit with the planned program
  • Plans to apply what is learned

About You

With whom do you currently do science outreach? *

Travel Support

Based on US government per diem rates for 2023 we estimate travel costs for participants will be roughly $1700 for the DC summit and $850 for the Delhi summit. We estimate domestic flights will cost $500, and so total travel would be roughly $2200 for the US summit and $1400 for the Delhi summit

Given this, would you require travel assistance to attend? *

Other Information