IOCD was established in 1981 under the auspices of UNESCO, as the first international non-governmental organization (NGO) devoted
to enhancing the role of the chemical sciences in development work and involving chemists in low- and middle-income countries
(LMICs) — enabling them to contribute to key areas of science and technology for development. Today, IOCD remains the only
international NGO with this focus and continues its mission through a variety of channels.
During the last two centuries, the chemical sciences have contributed enormously both to broad improvements in human wellbeing
(including enhancements in life expectancy, health and quality of life) and to wealth creation for individuals and nations. Landmark
examples include the roles of chemistry and related sciences in:
- Innovations in the generation, storage and use of energy
- Creation of new materials
- Advances in agriculture, food and nutrition
- Better health
- Economic growth
As well as its active work in the focal areas of its
two strategic priority areas
as pursued by the projects and programmes of its
IOCD utilises meetings, publications and media opportunities to promote the role of the chemical sciences in development. Some
examples are highlighted here.
Highlighting the Role and Potential of the Chemical Sciences for Development
IOCD's work to promote the role of the chemical sciences in development includes:
Organization and sponsorship of meetings
IOCD's prestigious series of International Conferences on Plant Chemistry, organised by the Working
Group on Plant Chemistry every 1-2 years, have provided an important mechanism for plant chemists to
share the latest results, including on the practical uses of plant products in medicine and other
fields. To date, there have been 12 Symposia since 1996. For details of the IOCD Plant Chemistry
Symposia, click here.
In partnership with the Namur Research College (NARC), IOCD has mounted a prestigious series of
international symposia, in which leading chemists including Nobel Laureates have presented the latest
advances in research in the chemical sciences. To date there have been five of these Symposia. For
details of the IOCD-NARC Symposia, click here.
IOCD was a co-sponsor of the 23rd International Symposium on Pharmaceutical and
Biomedical Analysis (23PBA), held in João Pessoa, Brazil, on 9-12 October 2011. IOCD
Board member Prof. Stephen Matlin gave a Keynote Lecture during 23PBA, on
“Globalization and development: The critical role of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis
”. The text of this presentation can be downloaded here.
Publications and media opportunities
IOCD publishes a range of papers and articles in journals and magazines, as well as occasionally issuing its
own working papers, meeting reports, brochures and press releases. A listing of these can be found