International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Professor em Jacques Streith Ideas Activities
  • Professor President SCF for Alsace, Société chimique de France
    68100 Mulhouse, France
  • Email
    Tel 0033 389 33 60 23
  • Sector:

    Research Laboratories
  • Organizations:

    Société chimique de France
    Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft
    BASF-Ludwigshafen, Union des Industries Chimiques
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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The following trinational (French-German-Swiss) project is being proposed in the Upper Rhine Valley by chemists from academia and from industry as explained below.

"International Year of Chemistry 2011 – Upper Rhine Initiative"

The Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, the Société Chimique de France and the Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft, will set up trinational events in the Upper Rhine Valley which promote the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011). The main objectives of IYC 2011 are:

- Increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs,

- Increase the interest of young people in chemistry,

- Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry,

- Celebrate the role of women in chemistry or major historical events in chemistry, including the centenary of Mme. Curie's Nobel Prize.

Additionally the three chemical societies want to point out the importance of the trinational Upper Rhine region for the achievements in Chemistry over the last century. One part of the planned activities is a series of demonstration lectures (Experimentalvorlesungen) given in the three countries by some well known scientists. The contents of these lectures must be easily understood (by the layman) but spectacular and relevant for the audience to bring about the objectives of IYC 2011.

The lectures will be given at different locations/universities in the Upper Rhine Valley. To promote the trinational character of the event, it is planned to design one lecture with a set of experiments/ demonstrations which will travel to the different locations during October to November 2011.

Setup of the lecture:

 Introduction and presentation of the lecture: local representative/renowned scientist (the moderator) – capable to guide through the event in the respective local language.

 Experiments/demonstrations: 2 demonstrations conducted by scientists from each country - duration for each experiment/demonstration approx. 10 -15- minutes – resulting in 6 demonstrations in total.

 Summary and time for questions.

The decision about the locations/universities will be taken as soon as possible.

Dr. Carsten JACOBI

Research Communications BASF Group

Prof. Jacques STREITH

President SCF-Alsace