Professional Development

Lasting Encounters between Aspiring and Distinguished Scientists Conference

The American Chemical Society will be hosting the LEADS Conference, a 3-day event focused on preparing high-potential young professionals and students for successful and impactful careers in the chemical enterprise. This event, conceived by ACS Past-President, Luis Echegoyen, will bring together highly esteemed chemists, scientists, chemical professionals, and Nobel Laureates for networking, self-reflection, career exploration, mentoring, and technical discussions.

Where & When:
We will continue to monitor progress with COVID-19 and make decisions accordingly with safety being an utmost priority. We are tentatively planning the conference for July 18 to 20, 2022 in Washington, DC.

3 Days

A total of 50-75 participants in chemistry-related disciplines/roles will be selected for this event, including the following:

  • Undergraduate students within 1-2 years of graduating
  • Graduate students
  • Post-doctoral scholars
  • Early career professionals (within first 3 years)
  • Open to both domestic and international applicants
  • Participants must be fluent in English

Participants must be present for the duration of the conference and participate in two virtual one-hour events—one prior and one after the conference.

Applications Due: More details forthcoming! Sign up for email notifications.