International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Contact Detail

Prof Christopher Ober Ideas Activities
  • Professor, IUPAC Polymer Division
    Ithaca, NY, USA
  • Email
    Tel +1 (607) 255-8417
  • Sector:

    Tertiary Education
  • Organizations:

    IUPAC Polymer Division
    Cornell University
  • 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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IUPAC Polymer Division

The International Year of Chemistry (IYC) will be held in 2011 with celebrations and events around the globe. The IUPAC Polymer Division will be heavily engaged and use this year as an opportunity to communicate to the public the value of polymers and polymer chemistry, to interest younger scientists in polymer related careers and to engage young people in the celebrations. These efforts build on our activities in polymer education and will make use of our successful polymer education website.

The following text describes initial ideas for activities we plan to carry out. We plan to engage the commercial and academic polymer community to help with sponsorship and publicity of the polymer conferences and events.

1) Raising public awareness – We plan to use this yearlong event to communicate with the public. A key vehicle will be focused use of websites including the IUPAC IYC website, the IUPAC Polymer Division polymer education website ( and those of other polymer associations (including EPF, PPF, FAPS, FASC, ...), and national polymer societies.

2) Engaging young people - We plan to use our website to host video interviews of industrial and academic polymer scientists, Nobel laureates, entrepreneurs (all continents, women), present and past – search at archives (technical support needed).

We also plan to organize video lectures teaching aspects of polymer chemistry in a variety of languages (perhaps starting from elementary school).

We will organize an international essay competition on themes such as “Life without plastics”. We plan to provide prizes and invite the winners to international conferences on polymer chemistry.

3) Events on each continent – The polymer division plans to sponsor events on each inhabited continent during 2011 with activities related to the IYC. Our focus will be on symposia for young polymer scientists. In addition to the IUPAC World Chemical Conference in Puerto Rico, to date we have interest from polymer conferences in Spain (Eur. Polym. Fed.), Beijing (Fed. Asian Polym. Soc.), Jesu Island, Korea (Pacific Polym. Fed.), Los Cabos, Mexico (IYC celebration), and Australia (Australasian Polymer Symposium). We are speaking with groups in South America (Argentine-Chilean Polym. Symp.), and Africa, (Fed. African Soc. Chem.; Stellenbosch) to complete our worldwide celebrations.

Other events that we plan to hold include educational and thematic workshops on polymer chemistry.

4) Interest younger polymer scientists in polymer chemistry – In addition to symposia focused on younger polymer chemists through a series of symposia co-sponsored by the IUPAC Polymer Division, the division will expand this list with additional awards for younger scientists specifically for IYC. The Polymer Division already sponsors major awards for polymer scientists (Samsung Award, DSM Performance Materials Award, IUPAC – Polymer International Award).

Polymer Education Collaboration Posted on: Apr 08, 2011    |    1 comment Latest comment by Rupashree Dass May 07, 2011 07:28 AM (303 days ago)
Topic: videos, contests, engaging the youth, conferences Audience: general public, students, secondary schools, high schools, teachers