International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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She Loved Science

In a video address, the granddaughter of Marie Sklodowska Curie, Prof. Hélène Langevin-Joliot grabbed the minds and hearts of the audience.

She explained how Marie used to say “I dedicated much of my time for science because I loved science and because I loved research”.

The video address was produced by Euronews for ECHA’s inauguration event. Prof. Hélène Langevin-Joliot said she is very touched by the fact that ECHA has thought of giving the name Marie Curie to its conference centre and that the Agency can make a real contribution, not only for exchange amongst scientists, but also for reaching out towards citizens. She wished all the best to this new centre for many years to come!

ECHA’s biggest conference facility is now officially endowed with the name of Marie Sklodowska Curie – the woman who changed history through her contributions to chemistry, physics and science and the role of women in society. The inauguration ceremony of the conference centre on her birth date 7 November 2011 was a true celebration of her achievements and her inspiring example for more than a century since she made her great discoveries.

The event, which was organized under the auspices of the International Year of Chemistry 2011 and the Polish Presidency of the EU, gathered many of the ambassadors of the EU Member States, representatives of business and academia, and future chemistry professionals from the Helsinki and Turku Universities.

The ECHA’s Executive Director Geert Dancet opened the ceremony by highlighting that this is not just an event among others in the International Year of Chemistry 2011 – it is a confirmation that ECHA is committed to keeping alive its spirit. The agency can contribute with its day-to-day work to the objectives of the Year: advancing sustainable chemistry, inspiring young people to take scientific careers in chemistry and promoting the role of women in science.

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[MSC100] In his keynote speech, Professor Stanislaw Penczek from the Polish Academy of Sciences who represented IUPAC as a member of its Executive Bureau reminded the audience that Marie Sklodowska Curie was only 36 years old when she received her first Nobel Prize and she got it for her PhD research. He said this is a rare example amongst all scientists who are winners of the prestigious award.
Professor Penczek was guest editor of the special issue of IUPAC’s news magazine Chemistry International dedicated to the contribution of Marie Sklodowska Curie to modern chemistry

Read more about ECHA and about this IYC activity.

View here other euronews video related to IYC. While visiting ECHA, the Euronews TV crew also visited the European School to make a story on how science and chemistry are best learnt by experimenting.

View here the full video recording of the Jan 29, 2011 official French-Polish celebration of Marie Curie.

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