Global Women's Breakfast


The Global Women’s Breakfast was a huge success!

Theme: “Building Bonds to Create Future Leaders

Event Date: 12 February 2020

Join the Conversation – Use the Hashtag: #GWB2020

Please see the official welcome video below for #GWB2020.

Versions with subtitles are also available

Welcome Video with French Subtitles ––Dhfsc

Welcome Video with Spanish Subtitles –

Welcome Video with Portuguese Subtitles –

A Special Webinar on Leadership with Prof. Francis Separovic and Prof. Mary Garson has been recorded in honor of #GWB2020

Event organizers, please be sure to check out the “Promotional Materials” page to access the PowerPoint slide deck that you can use as an introduction during your breakfast. Organizers also have access to a directory of other organizers to facilitate communication.

We are asking groups to create 10 second videos answering the question, “What does the IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast Mean to You? In Three Words? Instructions for filming and submitting “Your Three Words” Videos. You can submit your video up until Feb 21 and it will be considered for a post-event video compilation.

Flickr Group PageOrganizers and attendees are also asked to upload photos and videos to our new Flickr IUPACGWB Group site. You can start now by sharing activities you are doing to prepare for your breakfast or just to share your excitement for the upcoming event. You will need to create a free Flickr account in order to upload your photos.

Instructions for Joining the GWB Flickr Group and Adding Photos

Description of the Global Women’s Breakfast

Scientists from around the world are invited to participate in the IUPAC 2020 Global Women’s Breakfast (GWB2020). This global event will be held on a single day, February 12, 2020, one day after the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The overall purpose of GWB2020 is to establish an on-going virtual network where women 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 “Bonding 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 are welcome to organize breakfast events. Breakfast events can be small or large, and we encourage each breakfast group to reach out and form a new bond with another group or to reconnect with colleagues around the world. Networking bonds will depend upon the needs of your team: research partners, mentor/mentee, colleagues, educational resources, job opportunities, etc. Corporate and Institutional/Organizational sponsors to support the Global Women’s Breakfast are invited. To become a sponsor or for more information, please contact Dr. Laura McConnell or Prof. Mary Garson at


On January 18, 2011 the first IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast: Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time was organized as part of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC2011) ( On that day, there were close to 100 breakfasts in 44 countries attended by approximately 5000 women chemists, making it one of the largest gatherings of women scientists at that time. On 12 February 2019, as part of the celebrations for the centenary of the founding of IUPAC, women chemists and male supporters from over 50 different countries took part in the second IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast: Empowering Women in Chemistry, A Global Networking Event. Worldwide there were over 200 breakfasts, with more than five thousand women involved, almost certainly making it the largest “virtual” gathering of women chemists worldwide. A global breakfast map was created which illustrated the location of each registered breakfast.The first events were held at 7AM local time in New Zealand, with Wellington and Palmerston sharing the honour of initiating the breakfast events. In her role as global co-convenor, Mary Garson skyped the Wellington breakfast from her Brisbane base to acknowledge their significant role. Breakfast events next launched successively in Asia, Europe, into Africa, then across to both North and South America. The final breakfast was launched in Hawaii 22 hours later. The enormously positive response in 2019 demonstrated the need for a truly global network for women in the chemical sciences.

Organizer Q & A

  1. How do I get involved? Arrange a breakfast! There is no cost to register and no strict requirements on the structure of your event. Breakfasts can be a quick one-hour meeting at a coffee shop or more elaborate programs over the entire day, it is up to you!
  2. How do I find out my GMT Timezone? A good site is but there are several others where you can look up the GMT time zone for your location.
  3. Will my event be included on the website? Breakfast organizers who register by the deadline will be included on the global map to be unveiled soon. Each breakfast will have its own mini-event page. Organizers will be able to update their own breakfast information on this page via secure login up until January 31.
  4. Do my attendees have to register at the IUPAC website? No, each event is locally organized and you may use any sort of sign up or registration system you wish or none at all. The IUPAC website will not have the capacity to register attendees at individual breakfasts.
  5. How do I connect with other groups? Do we need to connect with another during our breakfast? Organizers will have access to an on-line directory of other organizers and we encourage communication via email, Skype, or other means. However, it is not required that you formally connect with another group during your breakfast. If you do decide to connect with another group on Feb 12, it is a very good idea to test your systems ahead of time. Most importantly is to establish connections or “bonds” that will continue into the future.
  6. How do I get the word out about my breakfast? We will provide some basic marketing materials which you can customize for your event. Utilize social media, email, newsletters and other outlets to advertise your breakfast. You can add links to your social media on your IUPAC event page. Also, feel free to share this introductory information with other colleagues in your locality or region who may be interested to arrange an event.
  7. What will happen on February 12? The first breakfast events will begin in New Zealand and then the events will cascade around the globe, ending with the final breakfasts likely in Hawaii. At the scheduled start time of their events, the breakfast locations will be activated on our global map. Organizers and attendees are encouraged to engage on all social media platforms and share photos and short videos using the hashtag #GWB2020. We will be announcing some further details by mid January.

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors