It’s the International Year of Chemistry 2011

Anything that promotes the wonderful world of chemistry and hopefully broadens our knowledge, is in our view, a valuable endeavour. This IYC2011 seems to be a fairly worldwide event, so we are pleased to do our bit to promote it – Deskarati

If it stinks, it’s chemistry—that’s one memory trick some smart-aleck high-school students might recommend to identify the core sciences. But chemistry goes far beyond noxious fumes. It serves as the backbone of our modern society and is essential for a sustainable future and an improved standard of living for all.

To bring that message to people of all ages, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have designated 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry, or IYC2011. It happens to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie‘s Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Officially launched on January 28, IYC2011 will rely on the help of chemical societies, academies and institutions worldwide to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs; boost interest of young people in chemistry; and generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. Lectures, exhibits and hands-on experiments will explore how chemical research can help solve vexing global problems related to food, water, health, energy and transportation. Check the IYC2011 website for details and activities in your area.

via Observations: The International Year of Chemistry 2011: The chemical secrets of chocolate revealed [Video].

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