International Year of Chemistry.
Scientific societies (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
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Name: Science Progress Publisher: Science Reviews Ltd. Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Science Reviews Ltd. ISSN: 0036-8504
Date: Spring, 2011 Source Volume: 94 Source Issue: 1
Product Code: 8625000 Scientific Membership Assns; 8920000 Nonprofit Scientific Institutions NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations; 5417 Scientific Research and Development Services
Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom

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The International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. Under the unifying theme "Chemistry--our life, our future," IYC 2011 will offer a range of interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages. The Year of Chemistry is intended to reach across the globe, with opportunities for public participation at the local, regional, and national level.

The goals of IYC2011 are to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. The year 2011 will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Madame Marie Curie-an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women to science. The year will also be the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies, providing a chance to highlight the benefits of international scientific collaboration.

IYC 2011 events will emphasize that chemistry is a creative science essential for sustainability and improvements to our way of life. Activities, such as lectures, exhibits, and hands-on experiments, will explore how chemical research is critical for solving our most vexing global problems involving food, water, health, energy, transportation, and more.

In addition, the Year of Chemistry will help enhance international cooperation by serving as a focal point or information source for activities by national chemical societies, educational institutions, industry, governmental, and non-governmental organizations. The Royal Society of Chemistry is organising the UK's participation in the biggest ever global chemistry experiment taking place during 2011, the United Nations International Year of Chemistry. School-age children from all backgrounds and all nations can conduct a set of simple experiments in summer 2011. These will provide a unique worldwide data set on the quality of local water supplies, with the results to be analysed and published later in the year. Teachers can involve their school by using practical activities based around the theme "Water: A Chemical Solution" highlighting water as a universal solvent and its role in society and the environment.

The activities include four different experiments which can be carried out by children of all ages in schools everywhere. The experiments give students an appreciation of chemical investigation and data collection and validation. They are adaptable to the skills and interests of all students and use equipment that is widely available at little or no cost. By the end of 2011, the results will be displayed on the IYC data collection website as an interactive global data map demonstrating the value of international cooperation in science. The Global Experiment will give students across the opportunity to study the aspects of water quality and water purification in their own environment. Each aspect is supported by two component experiments from which teachers can choose the best fit to their own educational program details are available via Activities/IYC/Major Projects/GlobalExperiment.asp

Speaking at the launch in the UK of IYC, Professor David Phillips, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Editor Emeritus of Science Progress, said that "the International Year of Chemistry is a tremendous opportunity to inspire young people to take an interest in the chemical sciences.

"Tackling the future world challenges of sustainable energy, food and water supplies, and maintaining public health and comfortable lifestyle, will require expertise in chemistry. The chemical science community is delighted to seize this unparalleled opportunity to stir passion in the young people of today to meet the challenges of tomorrow."
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