International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

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  • Mar 16, 2012
    The Global Water Experiment ended at the World Water Forum

    The Global Experiment ended at the World Water Forum and with the release of an inspiring video. Read more

  • Mar 1, 2012
    An Experiment in Collaborative Visualization

    In keeping with the crowd-sourced origin of the globalXperiment, has devised a new Visualization Sprint. Read more

  • Feb 10, 2012
    Sweden’s Best IYC Activity

    Videos about Gore-Tex, love and the greenhouse effect awarded as Sweden’s best IYC activity. Read more

  • Feb 7, 2012
    IYC Legacy

    Chemical societies around the world are reflecting on IYC and what it means for the future of chemistry. Read more

  • Jan 18, 2012
    The Global Experiment Continues

    The International Year of Chemistry 2011 might be over, but arrangements have been made to continue the Global Experiment, “Water: A Chemical Solution,” until 31 March 2012. Read more

  • Dec 5, 2011
    Chemistry’s future takes centre stage at IYC closing ceremony in Brussels

    Young professionals present their vision of chemistry and how it will help shape the world in 2050. Read more

  • Nov 30, 2011
    The Global Chemistry Experiment - Water: A Chemical Solution

    Thousands of students around the world to learn about how chemistry contributes to one of the most important resources in their daily lives, water. Read more

  • Nov 14, 2011
    Website Housekeeping

    As a web 2.0 resource, it is up to all of us as part of the IYC network to enrich the site's content. Read more

  • Nov 2, 2011
    Halloween Fun

    The Dow Chemical Company continues to show its support for IYC while having a little Halloween Fun... Read more

  • Oct 12, 2011
    Invitation to the Closing Ceremony

    Plan to attend ... the IYC closing ceremony will emphasize the creativity and the potential of Chemistry to address the challenges facing our societies. Read more

  • Sep 27, 2011
    U.S. Senate recognizes IYC2011

    By unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate adopted a resolution designating 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry. Read more

  • Sep 5, 2011
    Global Experts Explore the Future of Sustainable Chemistry

    Following the initial virtual conference on The Future of Sustainable Chemistry first released on August 16, Dow is inviting all of us to continue the discussion. Read more

  • July 21, 2011
    Welcome to the IUPAC 2011 World Congress

    The IUPAC president's welcome message to participants of the IUPAC GA/Congress taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the first week of August. Read more

  • July 1, 2011
    IYC at the Halfway Point

    With summer in full swing in much of the world, we take stock of the first half of the International Year of Chemistry. Read more

  • June 28, 2011
    Schoolchildren Test Local Water

    On 22 June pupils from UK schools participated in the (soon to be!?) world's biggest-ever chemistry experiment. Read more

  • June 15, 2011
    IYC hits prime-time TV on Jeopardy!

    IYC hits prime-time TV ... Watch Jeopardy! on June 21 and play along with the contestants to test your knowledge of chemistry. Read more

  • May 24, 2011
    The Future of Water

    Sixty Speakers in 60 Minutes will Offer Insights and Solutions to Global Scarcity, the Water-Energy Nexus and Aging Infrastructure. Read more

  • Apr 4, 2011
    Invitation to the 43rd IUPAC World Congress in Puerto Rico

    On behalf of IUPAC and the Colegio de Químicos de Puerto Rico, Gabriel A. Infante invites you to the 43rd IUPAC World Congress, the first IUPAC Congress to be held a Latin American Country. Read more

  • Apr 1, 2011
    The IYC Global Water Experiment

    On the occasion of UN World Water Day, 22 March 2011, UNESCO and IUPAC launched the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) Global Experiment (the “Big Splash”). This event occurred at Ratanga Junction, Cape Town from 22‐25 March 2011 and was organized in collaboration with the City of Cape Town Municipality. Read more

  • Mar 31, 2011
    The Business of Chemistry

    In honor of the International Year of Chemistry, the March 30, 2011 copy of the Washington Post includes an 8-page supplement titled The Business of Chemistry. Read more

  • Mar 23, 2011
    Let's Dance ... in Anaheim

    More than 200 chemists will kick up their heels for IYC2011 with a mass line dance and original rap at the Anaheim Convention Center on March 28. Read more

  • Mar 18, 2011
    Make a Big Splash

    On World Word Day, March 22nd, thousand pupils in Cape Town, South Africa will be creating the “Big Splash” for the launch of the IYC Global Water Experiment. Read more

  • Feb 22, 2011
    On Your Marks, Get Wet, Ready, Go!

    The Global Water Experiment has now released a website to help focus and manage that IYC global activity. Read more

  • Feb 11, 2011
    The Year Begins!

    Echoes from Paris ... where the official launch ceremony of the IYC2011 took place on 27-28 January at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Read more

  • Feb 11, 2011
    The Year Begins! (cont.)

    Echoes from Paris ... where the 100th Anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to Madame Marie Curie was celebrated in La Sorbonne. Read more

  • Feb 3, 2011
    Chemistry: All About You

    The film “CHEMISTRY: ALL ABOUT YOU” informs the general public that chemistry meets the world’s needs, is creative and is building our future, inspires young people and celebrates the continued contribution of women to science. Read more

  • Jan 14, 2011
    A Message to the World's Chemists

    IUPAC President Nicole Moreau delivers a New Year's message to the world's chemists in which she urges them to "make sure that chemistry comes across loud and clear, and takes credit where credit is due." Read more

  • Dec 20, 2010
    IYC is Generating Buzz

    In Nature Chemistry and Chem Ed, on YouTube and Facebook, and in Finland, IYC is generating buzz!! Read more

  • Dec 17, 2010
    The Global Experiment on Water is Shaping up

    The IYC team pulling together the Global Experiment on Water has released the first two experiments: Water: No Dirt, No Germs and pH of the Planet. Read more

  • Dec 9, 2010
    Visit IUPAC/IYC Booth at Pacifichem 2010

    You are invited to visit the IUPAC/IYC booth (number 232) at PACIFICHEM. Read more

  • Dec 6, 2010
    The Economist Grabs the IYC Excitement

    In his science column published in The Economist, Jan Piotrowski salutes UNESCO and IUPAC efforts to allow Chemistry to grab the limelight. Read more

  • Nov 2, 2010
    Dow Becomes First Global Partner

    The Dow Chemical Company chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris announced today that the Company has partnered with IUPAC as the first global partner for the 2011 International Year of Chemistry. Read more

  • Oct 4, 2010
    Celebrating IYC in 2011

    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. Read more

  • Sept 15, 2010
    Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time

    Celebrate women in chemistry through an international networking opportunity “Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time” Read more

  • Sept 7, 2010
    Everything is Chemistry

    "Everything is Chemistry", an international chemistry picture contest concludes Read more

  • August 19, 2010
    Highlight Chemistry in Your Community

    Join the ACS Committee on International Activities at the ACS Fall 2010 National Meeting in Boston! Read more

  • August 16, 2010
    Commemorative Stamps

    Be one of the many countries who are planning the design and release of commemorative stamps in honor of the International Year of Chemistry 2011! Read more

  • July 29, 2010
    Tipping Numbers

    IYC website has reached some exciting new milestones: over 1500 registered members from more than 110 countries and and over 50 approved activities to date! Read more

  • March 8, 2010
    Nobel Endorsement

    Support for the International Year of Chemistry is being expressed by Nobel Laureates. Read more

  • Feb 1, 2010
    Website Enhancements

    IUPAC announces exciting enhancements to the website that enable a whole new level of communication and interactivity. Read more

  • Jan 18, 2010
    The Winds of Change

    IUPAC President Nicole Moreau publicizes the International Year of Chemistry and wishes all of you a very happy, fruitful, and active New Year, the last one before the first-ever international year of chemistry! Read more

  • Nov 1, 2009
    WCLM Generates Ideas for IYC 2011

    The entire WCLM 2009 meeting was devoted to discussing the International Year of Chemistry in 2011 since, as IUPAC Past President Bryan Henry declared, “it is the most important thing IUPAC has been involved in over the last 20 years.” Read more

  • May 1, 2009
    IUPAC President Publicizes the IYC

    IUPAC President Jung-Il Jin spent much of January 2009 traveling the globe to publicize and plan for the celebration of 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 19 December 2008. After meetings in Cairo and Frankfurt, the most notable stop on Jin’s tour was a meeting with UN Secretary General Ki-Moon Ban on January 17 at UN Headquarters in New York City. Read more

  • April 1, 2009
    Moving Ahead

    Because IYC 2011 is now official, we can move ahead with greater purpose and certainty. The designation immediately gave IUPAC a clear thematic focus that not only is a key element in the prospectus but is also completely in harmony with the capacity of chemistry to deliver. Read more

  • March 1, 2009
    Life in a Chemical World

    Can you imagine life without the art and science of chemistry? Can you imagine a world without public appreciation and understanding of the chemistry involved in producing food, medicine, sustainable energy, clean water, manufactured products and climate change solutions? Canadian Chemical News - Read more

  • March 1, 2009
    UN has proclaimed 2011 the International Year of Chemistry

    The year 2011 has been proclaimed the International Year of Chemistry by the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations. J. Braz. Chem. Soc. - Read more

  • Feb 5, 2009
    2011 named International Year of Chemistry

    2011 has been announced as the International Year of Chemistry, with UNESCO and IUPAC at the helm of the celebrations. Science News @ - Read more

  • Feb 1, 2009
    2011 to be International Year of Chemistry

    The global significance of chemistry will be officially recognised in 2011 by the international year of chemistry. Chemistry World - Read more

  • Dec 31, 2008
    2011 will be International Year of Chemistry

    United Nations will celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to humankind. Chemical & Engineering News - Read more

  • Dec 30, 2008
    UN Declaration

    New York, Paris, 30 December 2008 - The 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations has adopted a resolution proclaiming 2011 as International Year of Chemistry, placing UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) at the helm of the event. Read more