Welcome to IYC 2011

January 17, 2011 - Washington, DC

From Chemical & Engineering News, January 17, 2011, p. 3

By Rudy Baum, Editor-in-Chief

“I’m a little late in welcoming C&EN readers to the International Year of Chemistry, which is being celebrated in 2011 (IYC 2011).” American Chemical Society President Nancy B. Jackson titled her president’s message in the January 3 issue “Welcome to the International Year of Chemistry!” (p. 2). She called IYC 2011 “our opportunity to help the rest of the world understand the crucial role chemistry plays” in meeting critical economic, energy, and sustainability challenges. . . .

Celebratory events are already under way. This week the South African Chemical Institute conference and the 2011 congress of the Federation of African Societies of Chemistry will be held at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Both organizations will stage IYC 2011 events during the conferences, calling chemistry “the key to Africa’s future.”

The IYC 2011 U.S. launch event will occur on February 1 in Philadelphia at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. CHF, ACS, the American Chemistry Council, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the National Academy of Sciences are hosting a panel of prominent leaders of the chemistry enterprise who will discuss “Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions.”

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