International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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

Partners for the
International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Jorge Simões Ideas Activities
  • Torres Novas Municipality, Education and Cultural Department
    2350 Torres Novas Municipality, Portugal
  • Email
    Tel 00351249839090
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  • Organizations:

    Education and Cultural Department
  • 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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Torres Novas is a Portuguese municipality with 280 squared kilometres and almost 40.000 inhabitants. It is located in a central region, one hundred kilometres from Lisbon to the north. The main landscape marks are a great limestone mountain in the north border, and an important wetland area in the south, both included in the

national network of natural parks. Besides the Greeks and Muslims presences, the Roman ruins and other archaeological remnants, the municipality exists since it received the formal authorization from D. Sancho I, the Portuguese king in 1190. Nowadays, Torres Novas is a regional centre to business and commercial activities,

with very good transport connections to Lisbon, Coimbra, Oporto or Madrid.

Our main interest joining the IYC2011 is to promote the general interest of our local population about chemistry values, new investigation fields and recent developments, particulary with all levels of students. We intend to organize some information activities related to chemistry in our public library and also among local schools.