2011 — International Year of Chemistry

By Ken Perrott 13/12/2010 5


The General Assembly of the United Nations has adopted a resolution proclaimed 2011 as International Year of Chemistry, with UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) at the helm of the event. (See UN declares 2011 as International Year of Chemistry.)

2011 is the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Marie Curie. So the IYC will provide an opportunity to celebrate contributions of women scientists. The general goals are:

“to increase public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry.”

There will be  IYC year will be divided into four thematic quarters to the year. The first quarter is “Water in the Environment” with activities highlighting the nature and importance of water, and the role of chemists in securing water quality and purity.

The second quarter will focus on the importance of viable alternative energy sources with special celebrations are planned for Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

“Materials,” including recycling and nanomaterials will be the focus of the third quarter.

Finally “health” will be emphasised by the fourth quarter with coverage of the chemical sciences related to nutrition, hygiene, and medicine. National Chemistry Week (Oct. 17-23, 2011) will be the highlight of the fourth quarter.

Teachers, students and scientists all over the world are encouraged to participate in IYC-inspired activities in their local schools and communities.

The Royal Society of New Zealand “are planning heaps of events for the public” but have yet to put their programme on line.

Sources:
International Year of Chemistry, “Celebrate Chemistry.”
ACS, Chemistry for Life, “ACS Celebrates IYC 2011.”
The Official Website of the Nobel Prize, “Biography: Marie Curie.”
ACS, Chemistry for Life, “IYC 2011, Activities and Resources for Your Celebration” (vid of webinar held on December 7, 2010).
ACS, Chemistry for Life, “Chemistry Education Resources.”
Chemistry for Life, “Meg A. Mole Future Chemist.”
YouTube, “terrificsciencestaff’s channel.”
Facebook, “Chemists Celebrate Earth Day, Sponsored by the American Chemical Society.”
Facebook, “IYC 2011.”

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5 Responses to “2011 — International Year of Chemistry”

  • While the Royal Society is providing some support for the International Year of Chemistry, including the website, I think you will find that it is the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry that is co-ordinating and organising a lot of the events that will take place. In Canterbury we have a number of events planned including a lecture on the Chemistry of Fireworks (with demos of course), a molecular gastronomy event, and some activities for children through Science Alive as well as public lectures.

  • It’s fantastic that there will such a focus on chemistry next year, and from so many different quarters. The Royal Society of New Zealand and the NZ Institute of Chemistry are working closely together on the activities throughout the year and have set up a website which will act as a hub throughout 2011, providing updates on what’s happening with events, competitions and speakers, as well as interesting resources about chemistry. The website will feature all the events organised by both the Royal Society and by NZIC, nationally and by the NZIC local bodies and will go live in the New Year. The Royal Society also has a programme of activities planned to run throughout the year, all themed around chemistry. These include lectures by international chemist, Professor Robin Clark looking at pigments in art, the Marie Curie lecture series featuring New Zealand women chemists and running throughout 2011, lectures by the Rutherford Medal winner, Professor Warren Tate and an art exhibition, ‘The Art of Science’. – Philippa Sargent, Royal Society of NZ

  • As Pip has pointed out the International Year of Chemistry is going to be fantastic because of the joint work of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry.
    In my previous message, where I wanted to highlight the important role that the NZIC has, I unintentionally played down the very important role the Royal Society has supporting some of the key events and helping co-ordinate what everyone is doing through their website, so my apologies for that.

  • Maybe it’s till a bit early but does the planned website for the IYC in New Zealand have an address yet?

    If so could you let us have a link?