About Brazilian Chemical Society (SBQ)

With around 4,000 members, the Sociedade Brasileira de Química (SBQ), founded in July 1977, is one of the largest scientific societies in Brazil, and one of the national’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. As a nonprofit organization, SBQ is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry. Our activities cover education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.



• Advancement of Chemistry by the promotion of basic and technological research;

• Responsibility to provide information and education to the public through its information products and services - journals, books, bulletin, together with the SBQ Annual Meeting, conferences, seminars, and educational programming that offer a diverse and comprehensive collection of resources serving chemists and other scientific professionals.

• Development of the Brazilian chemical professionals, aiming at finding solutions to societal challenges such as alternative sources of energy, protection of the environment, biodiversity, water and food, hence promoting the development of our country and the improvement of quality of life.

• Establishment of international partnerships, which are essential to extend the communication to the most comprehensive sources of chemical information worldwide.


SBQ Partnership International collaborations

The SBQ welcomes applications from all organizations involved in the chemical sciences and has established close partnership with several organizations dedicated to the advance of chemical sciences locally, nationally and internationally. SBQ has established collaboration with several Scientific International Associations, like:

• Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones Químicas (FLAQ) – Several Latino American Scientific Societies.

• Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) – England.

• American Chemical Society (ACS) – USA.

• Sociedade Portuguesa de Química (SPQ) – Portugal.

• Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) – Germany.

• Société Chimique de France (SCF) – France.


Structure & Governance

Scientific Divisions of SBQ

The SBQ has 13 specialty divisions. These Divisions help the members to keep up with the latest development in their areas of expertise, contributing for the development of the state-of-art of each scientific discipline. Several divisions carry out biannual specific workshops and international conferences.

SBQ Regional Offices

SBQ has 22 regional offices spread out over the country. The regional offices’ board of directors consists of a Secretary, a Vice-secretary, and a Treasurer with two-year tenure. Brazil is a continental country, and these regional bureaus were created to offer a diverse and comprehensive collection of activities and services to serve chemists and other professional in distinct parts of Brazil. SBQ Regional Meetings are hosted and supported

by the Regional Offices in various geographic regions across Brazilian territory.

SBQ Central Office

The Central Office, located in São Paulo, is responsible for the entire administration of the Society. It is also responsible for the organization of the Society’s Annual Meeting.


Young Investigator Distinction: A BMOS-SBQ, RSC and UK-BR Year of Science and Innovation Initiative

The Brazilian Chemical Society (SBQ-Sociedade Brasileira de Química) is one the most important scientific societies in LatAm. The Brazilian Meeting on Organic Synthesis-BMOS has a strong tradition and is fully supported by SBQ. Its 17th Edition in 2018 takes place in Salvador-BA, with the Federal University of Bahia-UFBA endorsement. Historically, the BMOS meetings have included international speakers. The representativeness of this community and its internationalization has brought the attention of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Since 2007, as part of a strategic plan to establish international ties with sister societies around the world, RSC has engaged with SBQ and its divisions. The main aim was, and still is, to foster collaborations between Brazilian scientists and RSC members. Collaborations in research and knowledge lead to advances in the chemical sciences. As a publisher, RSC translates scientific collaboration into its portfolio, offering journals, books and databases. As a scientific society, RSC brings together chemical scientists and helps them to share their knowledge and ideas using its organizational strengths: connecting people with the chemical sciences through knowledge, skills and community.

Since 2012, when RSC established an office in São Paulo, RSC has supported a Young Investigator Award at the two previous BMOS editions. The recipient´s engagements could be measured by collaborations between the two countries and impressive publication record into RSC journals after one year. For the RSC, collaborations translated to publications is a way to promote the work done in Brazil, increasing the UK’s influence in the country’s scientific landscape.

The Brazilian RSC office, located inside the British Consulate-General in São Paulo, works closely with the Science and Innovation Network (SIN) team. The objective is to support UK-Brazil research and help tackle global challenges. For 2018, the SIN team has organized a UK-BR Year of Science and Innovation. Among several opportunities in different areas, the idea is to create opportunities for collaboration between UK and Brazilian researchers.

The BMOS was included in the UK-BR Year of Science and Innovation. The goal was to give support to the now denominated Young Investigator Distinction and promote a UK-BR and RSC plenary ceremony including a talk by a world-class researcher, Prof Jonathan Clayden from University of Bristol-UK, as well as the awardees’ presentations and an award ceremony.

The selection committee was composed of Prof Véronique Gouverneur (University of Oxford), Prof Gonçalo Bernardes (University of Cambridge), Prof Vitor Ferreira (Fluminense Federal University) and Prof Timothy Brocksom (Federal University of São Carlos). The BMOS selected Young Investigators are:

Andrew L. Lawrence, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Diogo S. Lüdtke, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Giovanni W. Amarante, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Stephen P. Thomas, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Benefiting from RSC and the UK-BR Year of Science and Innovation agreement, the Young Investigator Distinction aims to facilitate publication and collaborations. This initiative was also supported by RSC journals Chemical Communication and Organic Biological Chemistry. We are proud to provide support to the activity, promoting the RSC portfolio and networking opportunities between UK and Brazilian researchers.