.international year of chemistry


international year
before we’ll talk much about chemistry and its friends ^^, for this first-post I just wanna share about the International Year of Chemistry 2011. On the other hand, there’s no chemistry class, now! ^^

yup! On December 30, 2008. The 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations has adopted a resolution proclaiming 2011 as International Year of Chemistry, placing UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) at the helm of the event.

The chosen year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies (IACS), which was succeeded by IUPAC a few years later and Ethiopia submitted the U.N. resolution calling for the Year, which will celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humanity.

Chemistry is fundamental to our understanding of the world and the cosmos. Moreover, molecular transformations are central to the production of food, medicines, fuel, and countless manufactured and extracted products. Through the Year, the world will celebrate the art and science of chemistry, and its essential contributions to knowledge, to environmental protection and to economic development.

“The International Year of Chemistry will give a global boost to chemical science in which our life and our future are grounded. We hope to increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry, increase young people’s interest in science, and generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry,” declared the President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), Professor Jung-Il Jin.

Celebrations planned so far include an advance publicity event at the Pacifichem 2010 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, US, in December 2010; an official launch in Paris, France, in January 2011; multiple events at the Iupac Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico in August 2011; and a closing event in Brussels, Belgium, in December 2011.

The year 2011 is also, the 100th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize in chemistry to Mme Maria Sklodowska Curie, will also provide an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of women to science.

You can participate in the IYC 2011 in many different ways. There are just a few ideas and sample activities of earlier projects. What are you going to do? Think and start planning… click here


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