2011: International Year of Chemistry
The idea for an international year was first discussed in 2006, during the April meeting of the IUPAC Executive Committee. Following that meeting, an IUPAC task group developed a plan to secure the designation by UNESCO of an International Year of Chemistry. That project (IUPAC project 2007-011-1-050) was successfully completed when in April 2008 the Executive Board of UNESCO endorsed the proposal for proclamation by the United Nations of 2011 as an International Year of Chemistry (IYC).
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 IYC 2011 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.
Both the OIML and the BIPM are deeply involved in the improvement of chemical measurements, either through the CIPM CCQM (Comité Consultatif pour la Quantité de Matière in French, or Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance) or through many of the OIML Technical Committees. For this reason, the two International Metrology Organizations have decided to join the IYC 2011 and have Chemistry as the theme for this year's World Metrology Day.
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