on the Calendar!
2011 Is Designated as the International
Year of Chemistry
By terri M. tayLor
For an entIre year — 365 days, 8,760 hours, or 525,600 minutes — chemists and chemistry enthusiasts the world over will
simultaneously celebrate and highlight
the transforming power of our discipline.
are you ready to celebrate? this is
on december 30, 2008, the united
nations passed a resolution, submitted
by ethiopia, that designated 2011 as the
International year of Chemistry. this historic, year-long celebration is designed to
highlight the achievements of chemistry
and its contributions to the well-being of
humankind. this worldwide initiative is
being led by the International union of
pure and applied Chemistry (IupaC)
and the united nations educational,
Scientific and Cultural organization
IyC 2011 celebrations will offer a
range of interactive, entertaining, and
educational activities for all ages across
the globe. these activities will be aligned
with the celebration’s theme, “Chemistry
– our life, our future,” and will focus on:
• Increasing public appreciation of
chemistry in meeting global needs
• Increasing interest in chemistry
among young people
• Generating enthusiasm for the cre-
ative future of chemistry
• Celebrating the contributions to
chemistry of Marie Curie and other
will provide resources to support aCS
student chapters and their members in
celebrating during this historic year.
Take advantage of
IYC Student Chapter Grants are
designed to help aCS student chapters
conduct projects and activities that celebrate one or all of IyC’s quarterly themes
(see sidebar). Grants will be awarded to
During 2011, ACS will provide resources for a full
year of outreach activities linked to IYC’s quarterly
• 1st Quarter: Water in the Environment.
• 2nd Quarter: Alternative Energy Sources.
• 3rd Quarter: Materials – Recycling,
Properties, and Nanomaterials.
• 4th Quarter: The Chemistry of Health
and the Positive Impact of the Chemical
Sciences on Nutrition, Hygiene, and
Resources for hosting outreach activities related
to each quarter’s theme are available online at
are three toolkits –“planning your IyC
event,” “recognizing event donors,
Volunteers, and participants,” and
“Getting the Word out about IyC.” each
includes a variety of guidelines, templates, and ideas.
365: Chemistry for Life was launched
online on January 1, 2011. this web-based initiative highlights a different topic
(person, place, molecule, element, etc.)
every day throughout the year. feel free
to drop in every day, week, or month to
celebrate and learn about the many ways
chemistry contributes to our lives!
throughout IyC, stay tuned for even
more IyC-related resources.
Engage the community
IyC 2011 will provide the worldwide
chemistry community with a historic
opportunity to celebrate the many ways
that chemistry improves people’s lives.
We need you to join the effort!
how will you engage your local com-
munity in celebrating IyC? What bridges
might you build during 2011? how will
you deliver the IyC message? there
are many answers to these questions.
the difficulty may lie in choosing which
answers — and activities — to pursue!
Whatever you decide, we look forward
to celebrating with you in whatever way
for more information, visit www.
acs.org/iyc2011 or e-mail iyc2011@
opportunity to celebrate the many ways
national and international societies,
institutions, organizations, and individuals
have been encouraged to plan and conduct IyC-related programming. the aCS
is enthusiastically joining this effort and
aCS student chapters for the spring and
fall 2011 semesters to support projects
and activities that seek to promote the
outreach themes of IyC 2011. (note:
the application deadline for spring 2011
Electronic Toolkits, featuring ideas
and templates for planning activities to
engage various communities, are available at www.acs.org/iyc2011. there
terri M. tayLor is the
ACS assistant director of
K- 12 science.