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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Ms. Riina Salmimies Ideas Activities
  • Doctoral student, Lappeenranta University of Technology
    Lappeenranta, Finland
  • Email
    Tel +358 45 63 10 917
  • Sector:

    Tertiary Education
  • Organizations:

    Lappeenranta University of Technology
    Suomen Kemian Seura
  • 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 always loved chemistry in secondary school. After matriculation I applied to study chemical engineering at Lappeenranta University of Technology. For four and a half years I studied hard and graduated in 2007 as Master of Engineering. Instead of going for a career in industry at this point I chose to go on with my PhD and am currently still working on that.

Chemistry is the building block of the world, and every year we bring chemistry closer to the people through the "Researcher's night" event. We try to explain that behind the numbers and formulas researchers use, are actual everyday events and phenomena. Making your coffee every morning is chemistry. Drinking water from the tap is chemistry. Dissolving sugar in your tea is chemistry.

As the discipline of chemical engineering is still quite dominated by male presence, I would like to see more women applying and trying to reach for the stars. But what maters the most to me and what I would hope to see in the future is a change in scientific education. It is time we start building character in addition to knowledge.