Carol Payton

Update on Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group

Blog Post created by Carol Payton on Feb 27, 2014

Since 2006, the Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group (MPPG) has been charged with selecting themes and planning Society-wide thematic and multidisciplinary programming for ACS National meetings.  MPPG, a subcommittee of the Divisional Activities Committee (DAC), represents all divisions and pertinent governance units in regards to thematic programming at the national meeting.  Every division and programming Committee has the opportunity to participate in selecting representatives, providing input and suggestions to the MPPG, and deciding how to participate in thematic programming.


To date, thematic programming has been very successful, especially in the marketing of and providing focus for the ACS National Meetings.  However, MPPG met in November for a strategic planning session to review the mission, structure and operations to evaluate our effectiveness and identify areas of improvement. A number of changes will be recommended for approval by the MPPG Executive Committee in the coming weeks and shared with all MPPG representatives at the upcoming ACS National Meeting in Dallas.


However, a few format changes have already been implemented.  Prior to the ACS National Meeting in Dallas, MPPG Subcommittees and the MPPG Executive Committee conducted committee business via the two conference calls to leave more time for presentation of the upcoming thematic programs, to allow the opportunity for all representatives to refine themes/generate new ideas, and to permit participants to network with the theme organizers and other MPPG representatives to develop collaborative programming.


MPPG Representatives General Meeting


In addition to the two conference calls, all MPPG Division/Committee Representatives are invited to participate in the MPPG Representatives Committee Meeting at the Dallas ACS National Meeting to discuss the thematic programs for 2014 – 2019.  Each Division or programming Committee can send up to 2 representatives to the meeting.  MPPG recommends that representative be experienced with division or committee programming and strategy (i.e., a past division chair or program chair) and a “junior” individual who is eager to learn the process and provide additional support.


MPPG Representatives General Meeting
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Sheraton, Dallas Ballroom A1
2:00 – 4:00 PM


2014 MPPG Chair Lisa Houston (PAC, LP) will preside.   Thematic Program Organizers will review their programs for the Dallas, San Francisco, Denver, and Boston ACS National Meetings (see list below for details).  All representatives will have the opportunity to discuss and approve the themes for 2017 - 2019 and beyond.


Thematic Programs and Organizers for 2014 - 2015


Meeting: 247th, March 16-20, 2014, Dallas, TX
Theme: Chemistry and Materials for Energy
Michelle Buchanan & Nitash Balsara


Meeting: 248th, August 10-14, 2014, San Francisco, CA
Theme: Chemistry and Global Stewardship
Thematic Program Chair: Robin Rogers


Meeting: 249th, March 22-26, 2015, Denver, CO
Theme: Chemistry of Natural Resources
Thematic Program Chair: Robert Weber


Meeting: 250th, August 16-20, 2015, Boston, MA
Theme: Innovation from Discovery to Application

Thematic Program Chair: Carston R. Wagner


Meeting: 251st, March 13-17, 2016, San Diego, CA
Theme: Computers in Chemistry
Thematic Program Chair: Kenneth M. Merz


Meeting: 252nd, August 21-25, 2016, Philadelphia, PA
Theme: Chemistry of the People, by the People and for the People
Thematic Program Chair: Rudy Baum


Thematic Programs (under discussion) for 2017


Meeting: 253rd, April 2 – 6, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Theme under discussion: Smart Materials and Systems; Subthemes: biomedical applications, self assembly in vivo, computing and telecommunications, development and characterization of functional materials

Thematic Program Chair: TBD


Meeting: 254th, August 20-24, 2017, Washington, DC
Theme under discussion: Chemistry Beyond Borders; Subthemes:
tropical diseases, environmental quality, water quality, global science policy, global science education, the role of ACS in a global world
Thematic Program Chair: TBD


Lisa Houston
2014 MPPG Chair