International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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IYC 2011 HK Opening Ceremony

Activity by Tony Chim   |   added on Feb 26, 2011   |   Hong Kong Official_iyc_logo


To formally officiate the launch of IYC 2011–Hong Kong, we will hold a opening ceremony and reception on Saturday 26th February 2011 at 5:30pm in the Purple Zone outside Lecture Theatre LT-18 at City University of Hong Kong.


Year 2011 is a unique year for chemistry, because the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) and the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) have jointly declared 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry.


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.  In declaring IYC 2011, the United Nations recognizes that a fundamental understanding of all matter and energy requires knowledge at the molecular level, and therefore chemistry is key to our understanding of the world and the cosmos.  Therefore chemistry will play an indispensible role to promote economic development and a sustainable world; and the future of chemistry will be intimately related to the future of our species and our planet.  Under the theme “Chemistry—our life, our future”, IYC 2011 intends to communicate the central importance of chemistry in every facet of modern life, and raise public awareness and appreciation across the globe of the role of chemistry in the production of food, medicines, fuels, and countless manufactured and natural products.  The goals of IYC 2011 are (1) to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, (2) to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and (3) to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry.


As chemistry researchers and educators in Hong Kong, we do have much to celebrate, because chemistry in Hong Kong as a research field is exceptionally well-accomplished and recognized internationally.  In 1993, chemistry research in Hong Kong was ranked 14th in the world by Science magazine by cites per paper (Bradley, D. Science 1993, 260, 1738).  This excellent tradition continues. More recently, according to SCImago Journal and Country Rank, in the subject area of Chemistry from 1996-2009, Hong Kong ranked 7th in the world for citations per document, well ahead of many industrialized countries.  This is a result of excellence in both chemistry education and research.  These statistics make us all the more proud when one considers the relatively short history of research in Hong Kong, and the constraints under which chemists in Hong Kong are working.

Concurrent with similar efforts all over the world, the Hong Kong Chemical Society is planning events for “IYC 2011 Hong Kong” towards attaining the aforesaid goals regionally in Hong Kong.  We wish to make use of this unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to promote chemistry here, for the students and public in Hong Kong to see the importance and relevance of chemistry to our lives, and that to manage our future and resources well, we need more citizens to be scientifically literate, and to understand the value of investing time and resources in chemistry research.  Our goals are both to promote chemistry education and research.  In late October 2010, the local steering committee for IYC–Hong Kong was officially formed, and our planned series of activities will rely heavily on your participation and contribution, local support and institutional initiatives to organize educational and public awareness activities.

On this occasion we write to solicit your support for IYC 2011 Hong Kong.  It is an excellent opportunity to renew your ties with the Hong Kong Chemical Society, and to jointly celebrate our strengths and achievements, and to look forward to our future.  IYC 2011 Hong Kong will be making an unprecedented and united effort for chemists to come together and to promote and bring chemistry to the level of  the public and students of all ages.  To start, a website for IYC 2011 Hong Kong ( has been set up to publicize chemistry to the public at all levels, and to introduce Hong Kong chemists and their work and achievements.  We will also be planning a series of activities at various institutions to attract students to chemistry.  We hope you will support and join our efforts, and your suggestions are welcome.

To formally officiate the launch of IYC 2011–Hong Kong, we will hold a kick-off ceremony and reception on Saturday 26th February 2011 at 5:30pm in the Purple Zone outside Lecture Theatre LT-18 at City University of Hong Kong, in which we will present the awards to the champions of the Hong Kong Chemistry Olympiad 2011 competition for the tertiary institutions, held immediately prior to the Opening Ceremony.

Topic: celebrating chemistry, chemistry education, networking, website Audience: professional chemists, professors, general public, educators, educational institutions, tertiary education, graduate students, universities
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