International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization IUPAC - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Leiv K. Sydnes Ideas Activities
  • Dr., Department of Chemistry, University of Bergen
    Bergen, Norway
  • Email
    Tel +4755583450
  • Sector:

    Tertiary Education
  • Organizations:

    Department of Chemistry, University of Bergen
  • 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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I was trained as a synthetic organic chemist at the University of Oslo where I obtained the PhD in 1978. After two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Canada, I returned to Norway and taught at the Un iversity of Tromsø (in the Arctic) for 13 years before moving to the present position as professor in Bergen. I has written many chemistry textbooks for high-school students and made television programmes about chemistry for the general public. I have also had the pleasure of serving as President of the Norwegian Chemical Society and IUPAC President (2004/05).