The International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011)

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.

Jamaica is hosting a series of events to celebrate IYC 2011. These include:

1. The Global Water Experiment (Primary Schools across the island)
2. The Chemistry YouTube Video Competition ( High Schools across the island)
3. The Chemistry Quiz – Jeopardy format (Select Corporate Area High Schools)
4. Newspaper Supplement (October 23, 2011)
5. Public Demonstrations of Chemistry by an internationally acclaimed chemist
6. IYC Closing Dinner
* The Ministry of Education, Jamaica is partnering with us to implement and execute the school-based activities.

Visit this page for daily updates on the Jamaican Celebrations – IYC 2011!

Look/Listen out for IYC 2011 promotional activities in the media and get ready to participate. We look forward to receiving your comments, suggestions, questions and expressions of interest.

Chemistry – our life, our future