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International Year of Chemistry
by Tessa Chu

The International Year of Chemistry 2011 is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and the contributions of this field to the well-being of humankind. Under the unifying theme “Chemistry-our life, our future,“ IYC 2011 offers opportunities for public participation at the local, regional, and national level. Chemists have long been involved in imagining new medicines, inventing useful materials and technologies, and creating innovative energy sources. IYC not only aims to promote widespread citizen interest in the work of chemists, but also to raise the general level of thoughtful engagement by the public and thus promote more informed decisions on matters of public policy.

IYC 2011 events emphasize that chemistry is essential for sustainability and improvements to our way of life. Lectures, exhibits, and hands-on experiments explore how chemical research is critical for solving global problems, from water, health, and food to energy and transportation. One of the main activities of the IYC 2011, “The Global Water Experiment,“ is occurring around the globe. The experiment focuses on the theme “Water: A Chemical Solution“ and invites students to participate in activities that highlight the role that chemistry plays in issues of water quality and purification.

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