ECS is an international nonprofit organization concerned with electrochemical and solid-state science technology. The main objectives of ECS are to:
advance the theory and practice of electrochemistry, solid-state science, and allied subjects;
encourage research and dissemination of knowledge in these fields; and
assure the availability of adequate training and education of fundamental and applied scientists and engineers in these fields.
ECS works to further the science of electrochemistry and solid state science and technology by supporting the participation of scientists from around the world at its biannual meetings; through travel grants and reduced fees, ECS supports the involvement of young authors and students. This is important because ECS meetings foster growth of the science and promote innovation in scientific thought.
ECS journals are on the fast-track – new research is published online daily, which means the most recent studies are readily available to help accelerate new discoveries. Most importantly, the ECS vision for the future includes plans to provide open access to ECS publications, while maintaining our high standards of peer-review and fast delivery of content. This initiative could not be more timely or important to the future of our science – a recent evaluation suggests that close to 65% of ECS technical content involves the sustainability of our planet. By freeing the science, we can better support innovative research, reach new audiences, and enable scientific breakthroughs.
ECS seeks support from individuals, institutions and philanthropic foundations to expand and enhance the services and programs that we provide to scientific communities and the world. It is important that our Society remains the steward of the science, firmly committed to research and development; continued support from donors will ensure ECS continues to be acknowledged as a leader in our fields.
In the last few years alone, ECS biannual meetings hosted more than 4,500 scientists in Toronto and San Francisco, and 3,900 academics and professionals attended PRIME 2012, a joint meeting with The Electrochemical Society of Japan.
The third international ECS Electrochemical Energy Summit (E2S), which is fast becoming a tradition, welcomed a variety of energy experts who spoke about the critical energy-water nexus. As part of the event, a younger generation of scientists, who built and raced fuel cell cars onsite, were cheered on by an audience of veteran researchers.
The fourth annual E2S will convene in Cancun, Mexico at the 2014 ECS Joint International Meeting with Sociedad Mexicana de Electroquimica.
In 2014 and 2015, ECS will lead three global meetings – ECEE 2014, a joint meeting with the Chinese Society of Electrochemistry in Shanghai, China; International Meeting on Lithium Batteries 2014 (IMLB) in Lake Como, Italy; and the ECS Conference on Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage with SOFC-XIV in Glasgow, Scotland.
In 2013, 12 leading scientists were inducted as ECS Fellows and ECS summer fellowships were awarded to students from McGill University, Cornell University, University of Texas-Austin, University of Connecticut, and University of Michigan.
In 2013, Professors Allen J. Bard and John B. Goodenough – each United States National Medal of Science recipients – joined the distinguished ranks of ECS Honorary Members, the highest honor bestowed by the Society, with a celebration in Austin, Texas.
In 2014, the Allen J. Bard Award was established to recognize distinguished contributions to electrochemical science.
In 2014, ECS launched Author Choice Open Access, a first step that allows authors to opt for open access when submitting to ECS journals.
By striving to expand the availability of summer fellowships, adding more international and domestic student chapters, and increasing the financial support for participation at ECS Meetings, our Society continues to ensure that opportunities and educational resources are available to all its members, especially students, so that they can more comfortably and confidently dedicate their research endeavors to the fields of electrochemistry and solid-state sciences.
For more than 110 years the ECS mission has been to disseminate scientific information to the widest possible audience. Our vision for the future remains true to this goal, and expands upon it by creating uninhibited availability of ECS content through open access - an initiative that democratizes the science, accelerates scientific progress, encourages innovation and, ultimately, may help create jobs and identify solutions to pressing global problems. By setting our sights so high, and with your support, the Society will “Free the Science,” and continue to lead as the advocate, guardian, and facilitator of electrochemical and solid state science and technology.
For more information about giving options or to discuss your gift to ECS, please contact ECS at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609.737.1902.