Founding CME


CME was established in 1954 by an industry steering committee in order to address the challenges of the industry of chemistry in all of its phases.


Over time the group focus has expanded from technology and business to investments and policy in order to develop a holistic approach to advancing the transformational power of chemistry, the central science, for the benefit of humanity.


The founding committee included leaders from the Vick Chemical Company (acquired by P&G), Allied Chemical and Dye (acquired by Honeywell), Celanese Corporation, The Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter (acquired by ICIS), and American Cyanamid (parts of the company were acquired separately by BASF, Pfizer and Cytec).


The inaugural speaker was Dr. Joseph G. Davidson, president of Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Company (Union Carbide later acquired by Dow Chemical).


On its Diamond Jubilee, the Lifetime Achievement honoree and the first speaker of the 2014 Leadership Awards of CME was Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical.




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Chemical Marketing & Economics
Accelerating STEM leadership for sustainable innovation since 1954



About Us
Original STEM Programs, Provocative Speakers, and Cutting-edge Insights

Chemical Marketing & Economics (CME)

With roots dating back to 1954, Chemical Marketing & Economics (CME) is a forward-looking 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to accelerating diverse STEM talent and leadership for sustainable innovation in energy, materials and life sciences. CME brings together Nobel Laureates and the leaders of industry, government, academia, investors, philanthropy, and the public to share cutting-edge insights in exciting events and award-winning programs such as the STEM Leadership Awards and the CME NASA Symposiums.

Heritage and Evolution

On March 11, 1954, CME was established as an industry topical group of the American Chemical Society’s New York Section. Over the decades, and in particular in the period from 2009 to 2019, the original programs and global reach of CME led to nine ChemLuminary Awards, forty-fold revenue growth and exciting new frontiers, including the organization of cutting-edge chemistry-related symposiums with NASA, the world's finest space agency.

On January 1, 2020, as mutually agreed by ACS and its New York Section, CME became a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our long-standing collaborations with ACS Divisions and Chapters do remain, and the fruitful relationship with NASA’s Office of the Chief Scientist continues to blossom in the form of annual CME NASA Symposiums since 2017.

2020, the year of unprecedented change in the history of humanity, marks the start of a new era for CME. We invite you to join our upcoming webinars and sponsor our STEM initiatives.

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Press Release

January 1, 2020--A New CME, A Bright Future for STEM Programs in Collaboration with NASA

As we celebrate the New Year, we are pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2020, the Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. (CME) operates as an autonomous non-profit organization to advance sustainable industry innovation globally.

With longstanding ties to NASA--the world's premier space agency--CME will focus on continued rapid global growth and cutting-edge CME NASA chemistry symposiums in collaboration with some of the largest professional associations in polymer chemistry.

Chemical Marketing & Economics was established in 1954 as a topical group of one of the largest chemical associations by an industry steering committee in order to address the challenges of the industry of chemistry in all of its phases. Since then it has organized over 500 meetings featuring industry leaders, supported STEM students and managed its own funds. With attendance up four-fold nationally and fourteen-fold globally, CME created some of the best attended events at major chemistry-related meetings and won numerous awards.

“The freedom to operate CME as a separate entity is vital to serving industry, government and the public in the future. It helps engage students and unleash a new era of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leadership for sustainable industry innovation,” CME Co-Chair Steve Barnett said.

CME Co-Chair Ksenia Takhistova added: “The new CME will foster impactful events such as the annual NASA Symposium, conceived by CME, to propel humanity’s next big leap: space exploration. With a new vision, agility and strong balance sheet, CME will continue to serve stakeholders, including our loyal members, STEM sponsors, and collaborators like NASA, for the next 65 years and beyond.”

Past Speakers

Cutting-edge insights from provocative speakers:

> Frances Arnold, PhD, 2018 Chemistry Nobel Laureate
> Eric Betzig, PhD, 2014 Chemistry Nobel Laureate
> Craig Venter, PhD, Co-Founder, Human Longevity, Inc.
> Henry Kravis, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, KKR
> Ed Breen, Chairman and CEO, DowDuPont
> James Green, PhD, Chief Scientist, NASA
> Peter Eckes, PhD, President, BASF BIoscience Research
> Duane Dickson, Vice Chairman, Deloitte
> Robert Langer, PhD, MIT Professor, the most cited engineer
> Jon M. Huntsman, Executive Chairman, Huntsman Corporation
> Daniel Gamba, Managing Director, Latin America, BlackRock

CME today is recognized as a preeminent industry, technology and investment organization committed to expanding exciting STEM programs globally.

Events holds at prestigious venues in New York city such as the Penn Club, the Metropolitan Club, the Yale Club and Aureole restaurant as well as The Houston Club in Houston. Professionals around the world can join us via live and recorded webcasts when available.

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Accelerating Sustainable Innovation

True to its pioneering spirit, CME has an exciting program, including industry luncheon meetings in New York; a new quarterly “Chemical Edge” Dinner Series in Houston in collaboration with Deloitte and NASA; the CME NASA Chemistry Symposiums featuring Nobel Laureates as well as industry and government leaders; and the STEM Leadership Awards event honoring today’s industry leaders to enable those of tomorrow.

We look forward to your continuing support and hope to see you soon at one of CME events. Thank you.