In April 1979, the CSJ and the American Chemical Society (ACS) held a Joint
Chemical Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii, as one of the commemorative events of our
centennial anniversary. This was the first time the CSJ held such a large-scale
congress abroad. The event greatly surpassed our expectations, attracting more
than 8,000 attendees. With the Chemical Institute of Canada participating, the
International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies was founded, and the
first meeting, chaired by Glenn T. Seaborg of UC Berkeley, was held in 1984 under the title
Pac Chem' 84. The CSJ served as the host society for the 1989 Congress, with
Michinori Oki (Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo) as Chairman. In
the 1989 Congress, the abbreviation Pac Chem was changed
to Pacifichem and officially registered as the symbol of the Congress. In
1995, with Lawrence S. Weiler of the University of British Columbia as Chairman,
the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the New Zealand Institute of
Chemistry joined as new sponsors, which expanded and strengthened the
The fifth Congress, held in 2003 with Shinji Murai (Professor Emeritus of Osaka University) as Chairman, attracted almost 11,500 chemists, chemical engineers, and scientists from a broad range of technical fields, and not only from Pacific Rim countries, but from all over the world.The CSJ again played an essential role as the host society and Krean Chemical Society was newly joined as a co-sponsering society.
The forthcoming Congress is scheduled to be held in December 2010, with Professor Howard Alper (University of Ottawa) as Chairman. The Chinses Chemical Society is to be newly welcomed.
The essence of the agreement signed by the cosponsors conerns the reporting of results of recent research to enhance the dissemination and exchange of chemical knowledge by scientists and engineers of the Pacific Basin countries, thereby aiding in the development of the industries in each country, addressing the problems associated with local and global environments and adding to the material prosperity of their peoples.
The Congress was originally launched on the belief that cooperation among countries is essential to the welfare of the peoples of the Pacific Basin. This spirit of Pacifichem has materialized in the last two decades, and will be passed
from generation to generation in the future.
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