Project Details International Year of Chemistry 2011 - Management Committee

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Start Date:
01 July 2008
End Date:
31 December 2011
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To plan and coordinate the International Year of Chemistry-2011


At its General Assembly in Turin, Italy in August 2007, IUPAC unanimously approved a resolution in favor of the proclamation of 2011 as the Year of Chemistry (IYC). In April, 2008 the UNESCO Executive Board endorsed a petition, originated by IUPAC and presented by several nations led by Ethiopia, to proclaim 2011 as the IYC. Several international ‘cornerstone’ events will be organized, although most IYC activities will take place at the local, state, regional, and national levels in many countries. Venues will include schools, malls, universities, libraries, zoos and museums.

While local organizers will be free to create appropriate activities of their own, the Management Committee will coordinate or encourage projects such as the following at international and/or national levels:

  • Develop a web-based “toolkit” of ideas for use by organizers of IYC events.
  • Create on the IUPAC Website a “page” for IYC with links to national chemistry celebrations worldwide, including a listing of Green Chemistry activities. A webpage will employ some of the practices exemplified in the “World Year of Physics 2005” page and the “International Year of Astronomy 2009” page
  • Interact with government leaders to provide them with information on the importance of a strong chemical community.
  • Treat all levels of students, from preschool children to university students to chemistry demonstrations at appropriate levels.
  • Organize visits to industrial sites including chemical companies, metal factories, petroleum refiners, breweries, vintners and distillers.
  • Publicize the contributions that chemistry makes to every nation’s economy by submitting articles to the press and to magazines.
  • Sponsor poster exhibitions highlighting the usefulness of chemistry.
  • Organize problem-solving projects through which students can use their knowledge of chemistry to develop solutions to local problems.
  • Develop television and radio programs explaining the benefits of chemistry
  • Publicize the contributions that chemistry has made to improve lives, particularly recent developments in chemical research.
  • Hold career fairs and inviting professionals to talk about how they use chemistry in their jobs. Organizing hands-on activities and demonstrations to help participants gain an understanding of what it would be like to work in a chemistry-related field.


> Read about it in the Secretary General’s Column published inĀ Chem. Int. July 2008, p. 2-3.