Global Stamp Competition: Chemistry as a Cultural EnterpriseActivity by Lida Schoen | added on Sep 13, 2010 | Netherlands
Sponsor(s): IUPAC, Jeff Howson with MTN (Making the News Network), FlashMeeting, GSK and partners FACS, IKM, ACS, EC2E2N.
The Global Stamp Competition (IUPAC's CCE, Christiane Reiners and Lida Schoen) was launched at the opening ceremony of IYC 2011 in Paris on January 27-28, 2011. The competition is open to students all over the world in 3 age categories (12-14, 15-18 and undergraduates / teacher students from all subjects (not only chemistry!)
The aim of the global competition is to design a national stamp that reflects on 'Chemistry as a Cultural Enterprise', showing the chemical impact on the culture and/or every day life in your country. Examples already mentioned are: (South Africa) washing-powder changed life in rural areas, (Egypt) mummies in ancient times and fighting pollution nowadays, (Taiwan) preventing danger of (UV) radiation, (UK) Nobel laureates and (Germany) new medicines.Submission of your designs
Students can submit their designs to our (moderated) website, the IYC 2011 Global Stamp Competition section of 'Making the News'. On the homepage of the publication platform you will find (downloadable) instructions, conditions and guidelines how to submit your design with your account of the design.
We also offer an opportunity to (educational) video conferencing by using FlashMeeting for communicating with students in other countries (to help peer review). Teachers can book a session (instructions on the homepage).Start of the competition
The competition is launched during the official Opening Ceremony of the UNESCO International Year of Chemistry in Paris, France on January 27-28, 2011. All students can start to submit their contributions now! You will be able to see stamp designs from other students and you have to rate them (peer review).End of the competition
From January 29, 2011 till June 15, 2011 we will be ready to receive your submissions and reviews.Questions about the competition
A panel of experts from IUPAC and all partners will judge the entries. The best entries in the 3 (age) categories will be given notice and their entries will be published on the different websites. National Chemical Societies will be encouraged to publish results of winners and runners up.Acknowledgement for winning students
The (large) winning stamp designs will be on show during the IYC 2011 Closing Ceremony in Brussels, Belgium on December 1, 2011. Pictures will be taken and a report written, that will be free for dissemination. We even think about inviting winning students to take part in the closing ceremony in Brussels, depending on available funding and organisation.
What students should know before starting
You can work on your own ideas about 'Chemistry as a Cultural Enterprise' for your stamp. We already listed ideas from different countries.
The stamp should be self-explanatory, so people all over the world can understand it. It should show the chemical impact on culture and/or every day life in your country. You should also offer a short account (in English).
We will only accept electronic entries sent to our publication platform (http://mtn.e2bn.net/satw_design_a_national_stamp). On this site you will find a downloadable PowerPoint presentation with elaborate instructions and guidelines for submission
Apart from an exhibit at the official IYC 2011 Closing Ceremony in Brussels, Belgium, the winning stamps will be published on the IUPAC and partner websites. We already have a keen interest from many other stakeholders, interested in Chemistry as a Cultural Enterprise and the public understanding of chemistry.
Please click on the link (right) to download the Guideline for students with instruction and all guidelines (as above).
We look forward to receive many wonderful stamps from all over the world!