Bangladesh Chemical Society (BCS) was established as a learned society in 1972. At present the society has 4000 members including life, ordinary and associate members. They are professionally engaged in different universities, colleges, and research institutes, chemical & pharmaceutical industries, civil administration of the Government of Bangladesh and in different public and private sectors. The society, since its inception,is dedicated to enhance the quality of chemical education & research, and to improve industrial & technological output of the country. The society also works to create awareness about environmental pollution and chemical hazards among the people of the country, and organizes Chemistry Olympiad, workshops on chemical hazards, safe use of scientific instruments & equipment.The society organizes one-day annual conference, and three-day biennial conference, called Bangladesh Chemical Congress (BCC), in alternate years. BCC is international event participated by a good number of reputed Chemists from abroad. Professor Yuan T Lee, 1986 Noble Laureate in Chemistry, participated in the BCC2008 and delivered a plenary lecture on his Nobel Prize winning work.There were almost 700 participants in the congress including 29 foreign delegates. The BCC 2010 was successfully held in Jahangirnagar University with 720 participants,including 21 delegates from abroad.Bangladesh observed the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) through BCS (National Adhering Organization of IUPAC) in which BNCU joined. The theme of the IYC 2011 “Chemistry- our life, our future” was publicized to increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry in meeting world needs and encourage the interest of young people in chemistry. The aim was to strengthen the enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. BCS celebrated the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize and honored eight women academics and researcher for their role in chemistry. One of the main mission to organize BCC is to increase the opportunity for collaboration with chemists around the world. The BCC 2012 & BCC 2014 were successfully held in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Chemical Society along with Federation of Asian Chemical Societies organized  four days international conference, 16th Asian Chemical Congress (16 ACC), during 16-19 March, 2016 for the first time in Bangladesh and BCC 2016 was not held. BCC 2018 is scheduled to be held on 17-19 October 2018 at the Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka.

The scientific activities in the city of Dhaka are centered in a number of universities and institutes, including University of Dhaka,Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Jahangirnagar University,  Jagannath University, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University,Bangladesh University of Textiles, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Atomic Energy Centre, Dhaka Laboratories of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), several private universities and university colleges, Bangladesh Institute of Research, Rehabilitation in Diabetic Endocrine and Metabolic Disorder (BIRDEM), and International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). Chemists are engaged in both research and teaching in these institutions.