We are already in 2011 — welcome to the absent-minded —and, being a chemist, at least on paper, I could not mention that this is the International Year of Chemistry (IYC).
The initiative of IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) and UNESCO to declare 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry was approved on the 30th of December of 2008. Under the theme “Chemistry — our life, our future” the IYC will offer a range of entertaining and educational activities for all ages.
The main objectives of the IYC are:
— Making people realise the importance of chemistry in their lives: medicines, textile, new technologies, art restoration, cleaning products, materials…
— Promote young people’s interest for chemistry.
— Celebrate women’s role in chemistry and other major events, like the centenary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize.
There are many activities scheduled and there will be many more organised along the year.
I hope that this year people change their idea of chemistry as a source of contamination and destruction. Take in account that everybody uses it and we the chemists are the ones who look for scientific solutions to their misuses of what they are given.
Non-rhetorical question: Will 2011 be a special year for you in any way, IYC aside?