2011 - International Year of Chemistry
Welcome to the International Year of Chemistry, IYC2011, a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. This year coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Marie Curie (for the discovery of Radium and Polonium), providing a great opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women to science. 2011 is also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies (Paris, April 1911) providing a chance to highlight the benefits of international scientific collaboration.
Chemistry is very much a central science. As well as being an exciting and rapidly evolving discipline, Chemistry also plays an important role in many other areas such as molecular biology, chemical physics, medicine, chemical engineering and a host of others, as well as many industries. Chemistry is also central to helping humankind wrestle with some of the most difficult challenges we have ever faced. Work on pollution control, climate change and environmental protection, conservation of resources, alternative energy sources, and modern medical treatments and pharmaceuticals, all depend on the chemical properties of matter and the development of new chemicals.
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. As part of IYC2011, the Chemists at Adelaide want to share aspects of their research and teaching, and why they have such a passion for their work. I encourage you to have a look at the videos and other information below and learn about some of the amazing and wonderful things being done in Chemistry at Adelaide.
Associate Professor Greg Metha
Head of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide
- AdelaideNow Article: "British cult scientist Martyn Poliakoff visits Adelaide" and the University of Adelaide.
- EducationNow articles: Chemistry comeback
- Visit on 21 June by international and local students as part of the 'International Science Fair 2011'
- IYC 2011 wine tour
- SA Life Magazine (July)
- Science Alive
- Open Day
- Student visiting (Part of Science Alive event)