Women sharing a chemical moment in time
On Tuesday 18 January 2011 women members of the Department of Chemistry and Analytical Sciences at the Open University will join women chemists around the world in a networking breakfast, a sort of global Mexican wave, commencing in Australia and advancing to each time zone in turn. This is a fun way to celebrate the launch of the International Year of Chemistry 2011.
With over 50% of the chemists in the central academic staff at the OU being women this is amongst the highest national percentages.
‘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.
The year 2011 will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Madame Marie Curie – an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women to science. The goals of IYC 2011 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 is also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies, providing a chance to highlight the benefits of international scientific collaboration*
For more information visit www.chemistry2011.org
* From IYC 2011 website