Building Bonds to Create Future Leaders

On February 12, 2020, scientists from around the world will take part in the IUPAC 2020 Global Women’s Breakfast (GWB2020).

This global event is held the day after and to coincide with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. More than 200 events in over 50 countries are planned, with an estimated attendance of between 6,000 to 10,000 participants

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, proclaimed by the United Nations in 2015, is a pledge to ‘support and promote the access of women and girls and their participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, training and research activities at all levels’ ( #February11).  In supporting these efforts and building on the success of last year IUPAC100 celebrations, IUPAC is organizing a Global Women’s Breakfast with the purpose of establishing an on-going virtual network where individuals in the chemical and related sciences can connect with each other in a meaningful way to support their professional aspirations.

The theme for GWB2020 is “Building bonds to create future leaders” with a focus on leadership development. Women and men from all types of educational and scientific organizations from high schools to universities, to scientific societies, government and industry organizations have been invited to organize breakfast events or take part in one.

Online, and starting Tuesday 11 Feb afternoon US time and to coincide with the first breakfast events in New Zealand, the GWB map will become active showing live where breakfast are taking place. Following the time zones and traveling West, the white hearts on the map will turn bright red and cascade around the globe, ending with the final breakfasts in Hawaii. Attendees are encouraged to engage on all social media platforms and share photos and short videos using the hashtag #GWB2020.

A similar event was organized in February 2019 to celebrate IUPAC 100 anniversary and the International Year of the Periodic Table and a few years back in January 2011 at the start of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry.

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