Young Chemists Crossing Borders

YCC & EYCN Young Chemists Crossing Borders (YCCB) Exchange Program

In order to embrace the globalization of chemists, the Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the European Young Chemists Network (EYCN) of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) has established an international exchange program.  This program focuses on forging relationships among young chemists internationally. During 2015 - 2016, the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) has the privilege to host the YCCB exchange program providing the opportunity for chemists in the Greater Boston Area to partake in this experience to unite young chemists on an international platform.

YCC/YCCB: http://ycc.sites.acs.org/yccbcrossingborders.htm

EYCN: www.eycn.eu

History:

During the International Year of Chemistry in 2011, EYCN and YCC established an exchange program called Young Chemists Crossing Borders, modeled after the NESACS-GDCh German Exchange program. The competitive application process, selects delegates based on scientific achievement, outstanding interpersonal skills, and society engagement. Since 2011, delegates have attended the ACS National Meetings in both Denver, CO and Indianapolis, IN; the EuCheMS Chemistry Congresses in Prague, Czech Republic and Istanbul, Turkey were also attended by YCCB participants. By alternating between the conferences of partner societies, EYCN and YCC, the program has established lasting and influential relationships among participants worldwide.

2015 YCCB Exchange Hosted by NESACS

For a full account of the 2015 program read our report in the November 2015 Nucleus. http://www.nesacs.org/pub_nucleus/2015/Nov15NUCLEUS.pdf

In August 2015, NESACS had the privilege to host the YCCB during a joint exchange program with the NESACS-GDCh German Exchange Program. During the 250th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Boston, MA, 14 delegates from GDCh and 6 delegates from EYCN presented a total of 30 presentations. In honor of the joint program, a symposium titled Younger Chemists Exchanging More than Currency: First—Euros and Dollars; Next— Rupees, Rands, and Reais featured both international and local speakers that discussed the significance of international relationships among young chemists. 

Participants embraced the New England culture by touring industrial plants, university laboratories, visiting Cape Cod, and attending a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. One of the highlights of the week was a social event at Goodwill Park in Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod where young chemists had the opportunity to network with society leaders and enjoyed a true New England Clambake Dinner sponsored by the EuChemMS, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and GDCh.

The highly successful week brought together more than 20 delegates across 7 countries and instilled a passion for international collaborations among chemists.

The 2015 exchange in Boston connected local section chemists with leaders of other international organization for young chemists. Photos courtesy of Brian D’Amico.

The 2015 exchange in Boston connected local section chemists with leaders of other international organization for young chemists. Photos courtesy of Brian D’Amico.