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UN has proclaimed 2011 the International Year of Chemistry

by Angelo C. Pinto

March 1, 2009

The year 2011 has been proclaimed the International Year of Chemistry by the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations (UN). In 2011, the centennial of the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Marie Curie for her work on radioactivity will also be celebrated.

According to Jung-Il Jin, the president of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the International Year of Chemistry will bring global recognition to the chemical science, upon which our life and our future are based".

Starting now, Brazilian chemists should initiate projects through their institutions so that, during the whole year 2011, public events can be promoted to make people aware of chemistry’s accomplishments and contributions to the well-being of humanity, as well as its fundamental role in the development of alternative energy sources and food for the world population.

The Brazilian Chemical Society (SBQ) will be organizing, in the International Year of Chemistry, educational events in elementary and high schools, student olympiads, science fairs, thematic expositions and other activities to arouse young people’s interest in chemistry.

Read more at J. Braz. Chem. Soc., Vol.20, no.3, 2009.