Project Details Development and Recognition Programs for Women in Chemistry

Project No.:
Start Date:
01 April 2013
End Date:
30 September 2015


To build upon the great success of international events for women chemists held in honor of the International Year of Chemistry during the 2011 World Chemistry Congress in Puerto Rico, several events are being planned for the 2013 World Chemistry Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. The activities include continuation of the successful international awards program for women in chemistry, a symposium highlighting the accomplishments of these women, and a mentoring/networking luncheon.


This package of opportunities will enable women and young scientists to accelerate their careers and become more integrated with the international chemistry community.

The “Distinguished Women Chemist/Chemical Engineer” international awards will provide international recognition for women in chemical sciences as part of the 2013 World Chemistry Congress in Istanbul. The awards will be given for accomplishments in research, education, industry, or scientific leadership. Data show that women are underrepresented as awards recipients. Receiving recognition from IUPAC provides a boost for women in their home countries and can result in increased opportunities and national recognition. The call for nominees was global and announced 31 Jan 2013. The hope is to follow up on the success created in the International Year of Chemistry by continuing the recognition event, creating momentum.

A symposium “Women in Chemistry: Gaining Momentum” will be organized during the IUPAC Cngress in Istanbul and will feature the recipients of the awards, highlighting the research accomplishments of the recipients as well as providing recommendations for career success.

A mentoring and networking luncheon, including the award recipients, women participants in the World Chemistry Leadership Meeting, and younger women drawn from the Young Observers and Congress participants will also be organized.


May 2013 – The awardees of the IUPAC 2013 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering are as follows:

  • Professor Irina P. Beletskaya, Moscow State University, Russia
  • Dr Annette Doherty, Senior VP Product Development, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, UK
  • Professor Mary Garson, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Professor Evamarie Hey-Hawkins, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Professor Kazue Kurihara, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Professor Liliana Mammino, University of Venda, South Africa
  • Professor Elsa Reichmanis, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Professor Concepcio Rovira, Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona, Spain
  • Professor Maria Vallet-Regi, Universidad Complutense, Spain
  • Professor Angela Wilson, University of North Texas, USA
  • Professor Yi Xie, University of Science & Technology of China, China

The awards program is to acknowledge and promote the work of women chemists/chemical engineers worldwide. The 11 Awardees have been selected based on excellence in basic or applied research, distinguished accomplishments in teaching or education, or demonstrated leadership or managerial excellence in the chemical sciences. The Awards Committee has been particularly interested in nominees with a history of leadership and/or community service during their careers.

See news release posted 31 May 2013.

May 2015 update – A similar award was coordinated in 2015 (under project 2015-007-1-020) and with presentations to be made at the IUPAC Congress in Busan, Korea in August 2015. Link to the 2015 Awardees announcement.

Project completed – Page last updated: 10 Nov 2015