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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Dr Peter Seidl Ideas Activities
  • Professor
    Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
  • Email
    Tel 55 21 25627586
  • Sector:

    Tertiary Education
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  • 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
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I am a chemist and have been working with research and teaching in Chemistry all my professional life. Based on this experience it appears that, at this particular moment in time, Chemistry may hold the key to many complex issues related to sustainable development and the proper management of natural resources. Convincing society of Chemistry's potential oontributions may not be a simple matter, however.

The ability of chemists to communicate with the public still leaves much to be desired. In general, Chemistry is still associated with problems of the past and not solutions for the future. IYC 2011 can attract much attention to Chemistry as it is practiced today and provides an excellent opportunity to promote new approaches and devise multiple pathways toward an honest exchange of ideas with concerned citizens. Chemists must not miss this chance!