International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Global Stamp Competition: Chemistry as a Cultural Enterprise

Activity by Lida Schoen   |   added on Sep 13, 2010   |   Netherlands Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): IUPAC, Jeff Howson with MTN (Making the News Network), FlashMeeting, GSK and partners FACS, IKM, ACS, EC2E2N.

The Global Stamp Competition (IUPAC's CCE, Christiane Reiners and Lida Schoen) was launched at the opening ceremony of IYC 2011 in Paris on January 27-28, 2011. The competition was open to students all over the world in 3 age categories (12-14, 15-18 and undergraduates / teacher students from all subjects (not only chemistry!)

Winners and runners-up!

12-14: winner
Vasilena Vasileva (14) from Bulgaria

15-18: winner
Muzhafar Hassan Ismail (18) from Malaysia

15-18: runners-up
- Stavrou Maria, Spyrou Chrisia, Stylianou Chrysovalento (16) from Cyprus
- Luqman Safwan Che Mohd Fauzi (17) from Malaysia
- Kyle Stratford and Max Willinger from USA

Undergraduate: winner
Peter Yuosef M. Rubio from the Philippines 

After the deadline (June 15, 2011) we counted the entries: 245 stamps from 18 countries! Have a look on the publication platform to stay updated about appointing the winners by an international jury!

 Start of the competition 

The competition is launched during the official Opening Ceremony of the UNESCO International Year of Chemistry in Paris, France on January 27-28, 2011. All students can start to submit their contributions now! You will be able to see stamp designs from other students and you have to rate them (peer review).

Questions about the competition

to be directed to Lida Schoen (ages 12-14 and 15-18) and Christiane Reiners (undergraduates and teacher students).

Acknowledgement for winning students

The (large) winning stamp designs were on show during the IYC 2011 Closing Ceremony in Brussels, Belgium on December 1, 2011. See pictures!

Topic: chemistry, celebrating chemistry, chemistry education, competition, muti disciplinary Audience: students, educators, industrial chemists, tertiary education, teachers, secondary schools, high schools, secondary school students, educational institutions


Melissa Pentecost | Feb 17, 2011 02:28AM

This looks great! We've added a link from New Zealand's focus on the Year of Chemistry

Javier Garcia-Martinez | Mar 11, 2011 01:14PM

This is a great initiative, Lida

Please let me know how I can help !

Spain just issued a new stamp to celebrate the IYC and Marie Curie


Wil van Egmond | Mar 24, 2011 08:04AM

Great idea! Really curious to see the results. If there is anything we can do to help or promote this, let me know! 

Linda (

Mariam El Agamy | Mar 26, 2011 07:46PM

That is great Lida! I will publish the competition among all students in Egypt,hope we obtain good findings.

Mariam El Agamy

SAW coordinator in Egypt

Fabienne Meyers | Jan 31, 2012 05:20PM

This activity is also featured on the IYC homepage @

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