2011 named International Year of ChemistryFeb 5, 2009
2011 has been announced as the International Year of Chemistry, with UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) at the helm of the celebrations.
2011 is the 100th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize in chemistry to Mme Maria Sklodowska Curie and also marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies (IACS), which was succeeded by IUPAC a few years later.
Ethiopia submitted the U.N. resolution calling for the Year, which will celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humanity. National and international activities carried out during 2011 will emphasize the importance of chemistry in sustaining natural resources.
Read more at myscience.ie: Science News, posted Feb 5, 2009.