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2011 will be International Year of Chemistry

by Glenn Hess

Dec 31, 2008

THE UNITED NATIONS General Assembly has passed a resolution formally declaring 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry. Ethiopia, which is the host country for the Federation of African Societies of Chemistry, submitted the resolution calling for the year, which will highlight the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to humanity.

“The International Year of Chemistry will give a global boost to chemical science in which our life and our future are grounded,” says Jung-Il Jin, president of the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and a professor of chemistry at Korea University, in Seoul, South Korea.

“We hope to increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry, increase young people’s interest in science, and generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry,” he adds.

Read more at Chemical & Engineering News, Dec 31, 2008