This project aims to develop toolkits for national chemistry days and weeks during International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011 to raise awareness of the importance of chemistry as the central science by highlighting the applications of chemistry in daily life.
The idea of developing toolkits for national chemistry days and weeks of many nations to facilitate the widespread celebration of national chemistry days or weeks around the world, particularly in countries that do not have a strong tradition to date of doing so discussed at the meeting of the Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE) in August 2009 in Glasgow, UK. IYC will provide a unique opportunity for focus to be made globally on the role that chemistry plays in society and impact it has on our lives. Such a universal focus on its impact cannot but help give chemistry a more positive image.
The project is designed to fulfill the following objectives:
- To identify the countries already have established national chemistry days and weeks.
- To collect information about the planned activities for IYC2011 from countries which already have established national chemistry days or weeks.
- To develop toolkits to facilitate the widespread celebration of national chemistry days or weeks around the world, particularly in countries that do not have a strong tradition to date of doing so.
In carrying out this project, we hope that 2011 may be the beginning of on-going celebrations of the importance of chemistry in some new countries around the world.
The Task Group will collect information about the planned activities for IYC2011, especially from countries represented by IUPAC National Adhering Organizations (NAOs) and Associate National Adhering Organizations (ANAOs) and also have a strong tradition in celebrating chemistry at national level. The CCE group will then facilitate the sharing of those ideas with other nations, especially those that do not have already established national chemistry day/s or weeks, and that desire guidance for the celebration of chemistry days or weeks during IYC. In addition, CCE is planning to help pair some of those latter nations with more developed ones in order to assist in organizing activities that are suitable for their culture, education, and chemical industry.
The Task Group will then come together and select the activities from the collected data to develop toolkits that can be used and or adapted on international, national and local levels for celebrating chemistry week during and after IYC.
> July 2011 – update – The Task Group decided to perform the following activities:
- Encourage every nation to set up a web site in its local language devoted to IYC2011 to share the information with its site linked to the official IYC2011 site with the official logo.
- Recommend that university professors, people from the chemical industry, and students (chemistry, chemistry engineering, chemistry teacher training, science education, chemistry-related departments) go to schools to enlighten students and parents about chemistry, the chemical industry, and their role in our life. Similarly, students and parents should be invited to the universities and chemical industries for open house days/weeks to be so informed.
- Recommend that teachers be involved to reach the general public in as much as they have the primary contact with students.
- Lectures and meetings should be organized by chemical societies, state departments, universities, ministry of educations, and private institutions about chemistry and the chemical industry for different publics. Well-known chemists from both the individual country or abroad could be invited to the lectures.
- If there no national chemistry/science day or week is not available in a particular country, IYC 2011 could be a chance to start a chemistry/science day/week.
Following the Task Group meeting, each of its members communicated with their national contact points as well as colleagues in the states within their region to request a written report about the plans of their nations to celebrate IYC2011. Following this effort, 18 countries provided a report in English about their planned activities for IYC2011, Which have been posted on the project web site at https://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=61. Reports are still coming from nations, and the web site is being regularly updated.
> Sep 2011 – project completed