International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Partners for the
International Year of Chemistry 2011

See all news

Celebrating IYC in 2011

Bryan Henry and John Malin tell us why

Oct 4, 2010

The year 2011 will be a very exciting one for science in general and chemistry in particular. Chemists everywhere will encourage the world to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry (IYC). Bryan Henry and John Malin tell us why.

Why should we celebrate chemistry? With their typical humility, chemists will tell you that there is nothing in the world that does not involve chemistry. All known matter – gas, liquid and solid – is composed of the chemical elements or of compounds made from those elements. Humankind’s understanding of the material nature of our world is grounded in our knowledge of chemistry. Indeed, all living processes are controlled by chemical reactions.

Read more in Chemistry in Australia , July 2010 issue (vol 77, pp. 16-17)…

or download PDF reprint