2011 International Year of Chemistry

20 January 2011


The Hazchem Network Team would like to wish all our members and customers a happy New Year - especially as 2011 is designated as the International Year of Chemistry.


Most people do not understand the fundamental importance to our society of Chemicals and the Industries Chemistry supports. Our world would not exist without Chemistry and the Chemicals we distribute. 

Due to Hazchem Network’s own enthusiasm for Chemistry, we are delighted to advise you what is in store for The International Year of Chemistry –


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.

Read More from :- http://www.chemistry2011.org/

Read More from :- http://www.rsc.org/Chemsoc/Activities/IYC/index.asp


And finally a message from The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Dr Richard Pike


The United Nations has declared that 2011 will be the International Year of Chemistry. We at the Royal Society of Chemistry are excited at how this will focus public attention on the pivotal role the chemical sciences plays in our everyday lives and demonstrate how they hold the key to solving many of the challenges the 21st century world faces.

The RSC will be at the forefront of the International Year of Chemistry; we are already involved in a number of stimulating global projects and we are now working with members and other organisations to put on many exciting events next year. However, we wish our work to reach as large an audience as possible and so I am asking every one of you to consider what you can do for the International year of Chemistry.

To our members, I urge you to actively participate with your Local Section and Interest Groups. All sections and groups will be asked to nominate International Year of Chemistry co-ordinators to initiate activities and arrange events in their area. Please join in the discussion on our website at www.rsc.org/iyc , give us your ideas and tell us what you'll be doing to make 2011 a year to remember.

To people at home, at work and in school, please think about the crucial role chemistry plays in our lives. Keep an eye on our website, get involved with the activities, and do join in the events when you see them advertised in your area.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to join in, share ideas and become part of something special - to promote and develop the chemical sciences for the benefit of us all.