Empowering Women in Chemistry: A Global Networking Event


As part of the celebration of the centenary of IUPAC in 2019, we invite you to join in a Global Women’s Breakfast. The event is titled “Empowering Women in Chemistry: A Global Networking Event”. It will be held on a single day – February 12, 2019.  

The Global Women’s Breakfast aims to assist women chemists to expand their network of contacts, both locally and internationally. Women at different stages of their individual careers can inform each other about their career progress, and together explore opportunities, in professional development and in research or teaching horizons. Organizations of all types, e.g., universities, companies, national chemistry societies, government laboratories, and other scientific organizations, as well as individual groups of chemists, are invited to participate. The world map highlights countries that have already registered to join in on February 12.

Be part of the fun and plan a breakfast event celebrating IUPAC100 in your own location! Submit an expression of interest or register an event using the online form link below.

Roma, Italia

@Rome, Italy

Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania

@Ramnicu Valcea

Auckland, New Zealand

@Auckland

Christchurch, New Zealand

@Christchurch

Dunedin, New Zealand

@Dunedin

Nsukka, Nigeria

@Abuja, Nigeria

Asunción, Paraguay

@Asunción, Paraguay

Lima, Peru

@Lima, Peru

Lisboa, Portugal

@Lisboa

Taipei, Taiwan

@Taipei, Taiwan

San Luis Potosi, Mexico

@San Luis Potosi

Istanbul, Turkey

@Istanbul

Birmingham, UK

@Birmingham

Sheffield, UK

@Sheffield

Bayer Breakfast

@Durham

York, USA

@York

Boston, USA

@Boston, USA

Potsdam, USA

@Potsdam

West Lafayette, USA

@West Lafayette, IN, USA

Ternezeun, Netherlands

@Terneuzen

Seoul, Republic of Korea

@Seoul

Córdoba, Argentina

@Córdoba

Juiz de Fora, Brazil

@Juiz de Fora

Brisbane, Australia

@Brisbane

Sydney, Australia

@Sydney

Adelaide, Australia

@Adelaide, Austrailia

Hobart, Australia

@Hobart, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

@Melbourne, Australia

Wollongong, Australia

@Wollongong, Australia

Brussels, Belgium

@Brussels

Calgary, Canada

@Calgary

Cremona, Italy

@Cremona

Brno, Czech Republic

@Brno

Paris, France

@Paris, France

Frankfurt, Germany

@Frankfurt

Berlin, Germany

@Berlin, Germany

Athens, Greece

@Athens

Piraeus, Greece

@Piraeus, Greece

Delhi, India

@New Delhi, India

Surabaya, Indonesia

@Surabaya

Durham, USA

@Durham

Global Breakfast

Click on the dots or browse events to find a global breakfast event near you.

Share information about your event on our map by submitting a registration form.

In 2011 women from more than 40 countries came together in a global networking breakfast as part of the International Year of Chemistry celebration. You can view the video synopsis put together by UNESCO and shared at the opening Ceremony of IYC in 2011.

As part of the celebration of the centenary of IUPAC in 2019, we are inviting scientists and students around the world to join in a Global Women’s Breakfast. The event is titled “Empowering Women in Chemistry: A Global Networking Event”. It will be held on a single day – February 12, 2019.

Organizations of all types, e.g., universities, companies, national chemistry societies, government laboratories, and other scientific organizations, as well as individual groups of chemists, are invited to participate and register their event on the IUPAC100 website using the on-line form.  The Global Women’s Breakfast is expected to assist women chemists in expanding their network of contacts, perhaps leading to new career opportunities for research, employment, or education. Where a local young chemists network exists, this is an excellent opportunity for a young person to take responsibility for the local arrangements.

  • The global women’s breakfast event will be launched in New Zealand on the morning of February 12, 2019, and progress through the Asia-Pacific region into Europe, Africa and finally onto the American region.
  • The global map of registered breakfast events on the IUPAC100 website will be used along with social media to track the progress of events in real time around the world with the final events occurring in the Pacific region. Individual breakfast meetings will be asked to post a short video during their event to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #IUPAC100 and #globalbreakfast. All posts will be displayed on the IUPAC website.
  • Individuals attending the events are also encouraged to post photos and videos or blog posts. Breakfasts are further encouraged to contact each other by skype (or similar VOIP technology) to share news, presentations, and to network with each other.
  • Organizers are encouraged to bring their own creative ideas to designing their networking event, thereby addressing the needs of their local community. In addition to networking locally, groups are encouraged to take reach out and connect in advance with other groups participating in breakfast events in nearby time zones.
  • Potential program ideas are: to celebrate outstanding women scientists in their organization or country; to organize a career fair or career training; or to bring together women from different stages of their careers to learn from each other. Organizers can share their ideas and preparations with other groups via social media using the event hashtags listed below.
  • Individual breakfasts make their own arrangements for provision of breakfast items, however local sections of national chemical societies are encouraged to provide support, particularly to facilitate the attendance of younger chemists. Local sponsorship arrangements are encouraged, e.g., from food and beverage companies, scientific suppliers and patent agencies, as well as from academic, private and government agencies promoting the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) agenda.
  • We will prepare some short videos that can be played at individual breakfasts, and for networking purposes, we can provide individual breakfasts with details of other breakfasts in the same global region.
  • Breakfast events can be as simple as small group of people (4 to 5) getting together informally for tea or coffee with cake, croissant or toast, and sharing experiences.
  • Alternatively, larger groups may wish to develop a more formal run sheet of events for the duration of their breakfast function. It is entirely up to each breakfast group to decide which format best suits their own needs, ideally using a Twitter handle to connect to one or more breakfast groups around the world.

Be part of the fun and plan a breakfast event celebrating IUPAC100 in your own location! Submit an expression of interest or register the event using the online form link below.

We would like as many women chemists as possible to be involved in the global breakfast networking event. Please share this opportunity with women chemistry networks and women chemists in your region, and encourage them to join in the global handwave of celebration on February 12 of 2019.

If you have questions about the Global Women’s Breakfast event, or need more information, please send an email to Mary Garson or Ed Gallo at globalbreakfast@iupac.org

Post information about your event to Twitter @IUPAC or on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtags #IUPAC100 and #globalbreakfast.