The Outreach Training Program (OTP) is designed to help ACS members passionate about science outreach host effective events and take full advantage of Society resources. OTP material was developed using ACS resources, the experience of our volunteers, and content from the ACS Leadership Development System. This OTP on-demand course will consist of seven live webinars that will be recorded for later reference. Participants who complete all 7 webinars and their associated post-course assessments and surveys will earn a certificate. Enrollment will provide access to a Slack community for discussion with fellow volunteers. More information can be found at: www.acs.org/otp.


The program is offered to you by the Office of Science Outreach in the ACS Education Division. Questions? Contact us at outreach@acs.org.

For permission to reuse content from the Education Division, please contact Outreach@acs.org.

  • Students interested in science outreach
  • Professionals interested in science outreach
  • Interested volunteers living inside the U.S.
  • Interested volunteers living outside the U.S.

Program Goal: Using live online instruction, provide outreach training and instruction so that participants can effectively and efficiently plan hands-on science events.

Program Competency: Participants will learn how to coordinate and improve outreach efforts.

Program Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify ACS resources for outreach activities.
  • Deploy new planning, communicating, and analyzing skills to improve outreach efforts.

Program Outline:

  1. Outreach Programs Overview
  2. Event Planning and Fundraising
  3. Leading Volunteers
  4. Marketing and Partnerships
  5. Monitoring and Sustaining Success
  6. Communicating through Hands-on Activities
  7. Safety in Outreach Settings

Dr. Ingrid Montes, ACS Director-at-Large and Chemistry Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Dr. Csaba Janáky, Member of the ACS Committee on International Activities and Associate Professor at the University of Szeged, Hungary

Dr. Andrea Goldson-Barnaby, ACS Student Chapter Faculty Advisor and Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Dr. Yehya El Sayed, ACS Student Chapter Faculty Advisor and Associate Professor at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Mah Siau Hui, Member of the ACS Malaysia International Chapter and Senior Lecturer at Taylor’s University

Dr. An-Phong Le, Member of the ACS Committee on Community Activities and Associate Professor at Florida Southern College, USA.

Dr. Matthew Mio, Subcommittee Chair of the ACS Society Committee on Education and Chair and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Detroit Mercy, USA.