International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Partners for the
International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Small Scale Chemistry

Putting Experimentation Back into Science Education

A decade after the Global Microscience Programme was launched by UNESCO and IUPAC in 1996, the microscience approach has been introduced into about 75 countries, many of them in Africa.

The prime objective of this project is to introduce to teachers, inspectors, and education officials the advantage of performing chemistry experiments on a small scale. Through introductory workshops in developing countries and countries in transition, participants gain hands-on experience under expert guidance.

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To supplement this initiative, free teaching and learning packages, including Teachers’ Guides and Students’ Worksheets, are available online (, search for “microscience”). These materials can all be adapted easily to meet national education standards.

Link to UNESCO Global Microscience project
Visit the UNESCO Centre for Microscience Experiments
Review IUPAC related project