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Water–A Chemical Solution: A Global Experiment

Activity by Javier Garcia-Martinez   |   added on Aug 19, 2010   |   International Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): IUPAC/UNESCO

School students around the world will be invited to explore one of Earth’s most critical resources, water. The results of their investigations will contribute to a Global Experiment, which will possibly become the biggest chemistry experiment ever.

update 17 Feb 2011 --  Visit the website of the Global Water Experiment !

“Chemistry—our life, our future,” is the slogan of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC), 2011. During the year, a global chemistry experiment will be performed by many thousands of school children across the world, potentially becoming the biggest chemical experiment every conducted. Under the theme, “Water: A Chemical Solution,” students will focus on modules that examine the properties of their local water and the technological solutions chemistry makes available to humanity in supplying clean drinking water. The global experiment will promote the goals of the IYC, including generating enthusiasm for science among young people around the world.

Experiment modules can be carried out by children of all ages in schools across all continents because they are adaptable to the skills and interests of students, and use equipment that is widely available at little or no cost. Results will be electronically showcased as an interactive global data map at the end of 2011, demonstrating the value of international cooperation in science.

An IUPAC/UNESCO multi-disciplinary task force is overseeing the development and implementation of the global experiment. To mark its support for science education and the future young minds of the chemical industry, Cefic has agreed to act as the secretariat to this task force.

Topic: chemistry education, chemistry experiment, hands-on activities, celebrating chemistry, water Audience: students, educators, general public, teachers, school children, secondary schools


Veronica Rosenfeld | Sep 02, 2010 01:10PM

I´m a Professor in Rosario, Argentina. I also am chief at Physics, Biology and Chemistry unit at Superior de Comercio, the high school that depends of Universidad Nacional de Rosario. So we can get officially involved in that way. We are around 20 professors on those subjects and we`d like to work with you. We have a  really very well equipped, being a commercial school, we could use, as in our school as for the professors in the city, offering courses for comunity.

Please, let me know what to do, how could we to work together.

I apologize because I forgot my English....

Being in touch

Prof. Verónica Rosenfeld

Víctor Roda | Sep 05, 2010 11:12PM

An interesting project. I would like to participate. I will be aware of the news surrounding this proposal. I informed of the initiative on our website

Víctor R.

Raquel Forca | Sep 07, 2010 09:49PM

I´m a teacher from Portugal, I would like to participate. where can I be updated about this project?

Raquel Forca

Jelena Glazkova | Sep 18, 2010 11:58AM

Dear Javier Garcia-Martinez,

Great experiment! I am a Chemistry teacher from Estonia who is very interested in taking part in it. Could you tell me please what conditions of participation are.

Kind regards,

Jelena Glazkova

Javier Garcia-Martinez | Sep 18, 2010 12:38PM

Thank you all for your interest in this global activity !!!

For more information, please read the documents posted here and join our Facebook group to be updated on everything related to the Global Experiment!/group.php?gid=141490222561350&ref=ts

Everybody is invited to participate.


Oliver Heng | Nov 05, 2010 02:01PM

Dear Javier Garcia Martinez,

Great,I am manager of Mastrade Biotechnology Malaysia.

I am interested to participate in activities of Water A chemical

Solution A Global Experiment.Please let me have more information on the project.Thanks.

Warm Regards,


Javier Garcia-Martinez | Nov 05, 2010 07:48PM
Hi Oliver, you can find in this website page our whitepaper, and the article that Tony Wright and I published in Chemistry International on the Global Experiment. Please let me know if you have problems finding them regards, Javier
Yosi Pramajaya | Nov 09, 2010 04:14AM

Dear all,,,


I'm interested to participating in this activities..

I hope I can do much more to save our lovely earth.. Can I have some good information?

Please mail me, in :

Thank you...






Amit kumar Panigrahi | Dec 02, 2010 04:39PM


I am interested to actively participate in this project. Kindly help me. I will be doing a different project also and that has been approved.

Thanking you.

Faustino Tarongoy jr | Dec 09, 2010 10:18AM

Please count us in. We hope we can receive communications on how we can participate in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.


Salvatore Magazu' | Dec 10, 2010 10:27AM

Dear Javier Garcia Martinez,

Great idea,  

I am full professor in Physics at Messina University (Italy)

I am interested in participating in activities of:

Water A chemical Solution A Global Experiment.

Please let me have more information on the project.


Warmest Regards,

Salvatore Magazu'

Javier Garcia-Martinez | Dec 15, 2010 03:25PM

I just added some information, as pdf files, on two of the four experiments that will be part of the Global Experiment. Feedback/comments are welcome.

Roumenka Chapkanova | Dec 17, 2010 06:29PM

Hi, I am a chemistry teacher in St.Croix High school, USVI. I am interested of joining the Global experiment. Wiating for feedback, too. Send it to

Prem Mohan Mishra | Dec 18, 2010 02:20PM

I want to be a member of this acitivity and want to organise this activity in whole country, India, I wish to be authorised to conduct this activity on national level.......


Please contact me on

or, +919431691686

Marja Happonen | Dec 28, 2010 11:15AM


We would like to participate in this investigation in Finland. We'll translate the worksheets in finnish and start the projet on the World Water Day 22.3.2011.

We are also planning to do some research on this educational waterproject. It would be grea,t if we could do the same research activities in many countries and get valuable research data and articles around this very activative and great project.

Please contact me on if you are interested on the research project together with us.

Coordinator Marja Happonen

( + Professor Maija Aksela)

Samuel Osafo acquaah | Dec 29, 2010 08:04PM

Dr. S. Osafo Acquaah,

President of the Ghana Chemical Society.Will want to be part of this initiative as we involve all the primary, secondary and tertiary education students in Ghana to celebrate the international Year of Chemistry, 2011.

Any interested group or organisation can contact us as we collaborate on these projects. Any supporting documentation will also be appreciated.

Brenda zorayda Vergara méndez | Jan 05, 2011 05:54PM

Dr. Javier Gomez Martinez

Mi nombre es Brenda Zorayda Vergara Méndez, soy estudiante de la Universidad del Papaloapan en la Lic. en Ciencias Químicas. Estoy interesada en participar en el experimento global con alumnos de primaria... y quisiera saber donde puedo darme de alta para poder participar.

Muchas Gracias y estamos en contacto.

Katy Alder | Jan 07, 2011 02:30PM

I am organising our pupils to take part in this experiment in April. The idea of seeing their data put together with every other country sounds very exciting.

Katy Alder | Jan 07, 2011 02:37PM

When will the Interactive Website be ready? Can't find any link to it yet.

Tom j Koottakkara | Jan 09, 2011 04:58PM

Tom J.Koottakkara,


St.Aloysious HSS,Edathua


I wish to be a part of the activities of IYC2011 along with my collegues and students.

Tom j Koottakkara | Jan 09, 2011 05:10PM

I am dwelling in a place called Kuttanadu.It is a place surronded with back waters ,rivers and small canals.They are polluted due to agricultural activities.Here water pollution is the major problem hence my interested area is water.

 Tom J.Koottakkara

Allwin Ebenezer | Jan 13, 2011 10:56AM

this experiment would prove interesting...about water

this wil be surely a good cause

for more information

thank you!

Fatma Hassan | Jan 15, 2011 10:55PM

It is a gear idea, I am organizing my students to take part in this experiment in 18th April , The idea of seeing their data put together with other countries sounds fantastic .

I wish to be a part of the activities of IYC2011 along with my students and colleagues


Fatma Hassan | Jan 16, 2011 12:29AM

Water in Aswan -Egypt is the best water in the whole world, I beleive . It is  pure, clean, and delicious, I am inviting people to visit us and tast it ,

But we will paricipate in activities of Water A Chemical Solution A Global Experiment



Swaty Nag | Jan 16, 2011 01:04PM

Hi the idea is really exciting. I am looking forward to take part in the water experiment along with my students. Please give us any further information about how to be part of the global experiment.


Swaty Nag 

H k Pathak | Jan 17, 2011 02:54PM

I am Area Manager in the field of  Water treatment /Paper process chemical .

so i like this project and trying to comunicate in our local socity

Please give us any further information about how to be part of the globel experiment .

Thanks ,



Jason Aloisio | Jan 19, 2011 05:27PM

Hi - I work in a wetland reserve and get school visits almost everyday. Please provide me with further info. Is there a testing kit available?

Joseph Buttigieg | Jan 20, 2011 06:10AM

Hi there

I have just registered with this website and I want to participate along with my Chemistry students in this global experiment.

Please give me more info about it and how do I apply for the testing kit?

Thanks and best regards


Nikita Ka | Jan 24, 2011 08:16AM

Good day!

Great project! Where can I register my class?

Nikita Ka, L'viv, Ukraine

Muhammad Younas | Jan 25, 2011 05:13PM


I am Younas from Govt. College of Technology Faisalabad, Pakistan. I will participate in global experiment and will share other ideas with my friends too. It is really exciting to be a part of global experiment.


Ismarys de Riley | Jan 27, 2011 06:40PM

Necesito mas información acerca de cómo enviar los reportes del experimento global sobre el PH del agua.

Saludos cordiales, excelente idea!!!


Kimberley Silverthorne | Jan 28, 2011 03:54PM

Javier, I don't see where we submit our results to the global data base. Have looked everywhere, can you help?


Javier Garcia-Martinez | Jan 29, 2011 12:29AM

for all of your requesting more information about the GE, I invite you to visit the videos we just posted in the links section.

the website will be launch in a few weeks.



Nadezda Kudinova | Jan 30, 2011 05:59PM

 I am a Chemistry teacher from Russia who is very interested in taking part in it. Could you tell me please what conditions of participation are.

Marian Asantewah Nkansah | Jan 30, 2011 07:07PM

I am a Chemist from Ghana. I believe the project will be beneficial to children in the Ghana. I could help coordinate that.

Preeti De | Jan 31, 2011 03:06AM

I teach chemistry to high school in Yonkers, NY. My school would like to participate in this program. Where do we register our school?

Caroline Gold | Jan 31, 2011 02:26PM

I teach chemistry in high school and I would like to get my chemistry II students involved in this activity.  Where can I find more info?

Javier Nuñez | Feb 01, 2011 12:06AM

Regards Javier Garcia-Martinez, want to participate in this global experiment, I wonder how I can access the Kit to measure water quality you offer. I am writing from Colombia, working in a high school official.

Csaba Kirchkeszner | Feb 05, 2011 06:55PM

Dear Organiser!


In my opinion this project is very good and important! I am a researcher stundent from Hungary. I have specialized in researching water qualification and environmental chemistry. I have done research for 5 years.


I would like to participate with my secondary grammar school in this project! But I don't know, how I can join A Global Experminets Project!

HELP ME! Thank you very much!


Yours sincerely:

Csaba Kirchkeszner

Silvana Nieco | Feb 05, 2011 09:35PM

I live in Argentina, Codoba.I would like to participe in this project  with my  secondary school . But how I can access the kit to measure the water?

Please, Help me. Thank you.

Silvana Nieco

Thuraya Alharthi | Feb 06, 2011 06:08AM

It is a good idea. we will participate in this experiment by organizing with the schools but we need more information. I alredy dowmload the experiments procedures.


Vinay Kumar | Feb 11, 2011 05:59PM

can anybody help me for local updates about Global Experiment, a great way to celebrate 2011

Regina Menz | Feb 17, 2011 12:55AM

Hi I am keen to start this with a number of schools in Australia.  Just want to know if the website is up and running to enter our results?  If it is where do I find it?  Very excited about International Year of Chemistry!

Javier Garcia-Martinez | Feb 17, 2011 02:22AM

Hi all,

I am glad to tell you that the first (still fairly simple) version of the website of the Global Experiment is now available at:

best regards,


Ismarys de Riley | Feb 17, 2011 02:40PM

Hi Javier:

I would like to know if a school that decides to take part of Global Experiment should be part of all 4 activities or can we pick just one? And how do we gain access to the kit you are promoting?



Javier Garcia-Martinez | Feb 17, 2011 03:42PM


Each school can do as many activities as they would like.

These activities are designed to be done with very simple materials, so most like your school already have it or it can be obtained in stores. The kits are needed only in schools without even the most basic materials.


Suha Baeruty | Feb 21, 2011 03:00PM

Hi  Iam suha shamli from jordan/karak

I wish to be apart of this experiment and this activity for chemistry becouse iam ateacher of chem and ilove it

please tell me how ican start with my student


Fabienne Meyers | Feb 22, 2011 04:44PM


The team has designed a poster to help you promote this activity - see under link (top right of this page) and download the poster in size A4, A3, or A0 (pdf press quality resolution). Comments back to Tony at
Hortensia Jimenez-Diaz | Mar 05, 2011 02:15AM

Hello Javier:

I would like to join these experiments, but this semester I'm teaching Organic Chemistry and it may not be easy to include these topics in the course, mainly because of timing.

I will start the Inorganic Chemistry course in the summer (June) and then again in August. Will my students from those courses be able to participate?

Thanks in advance for your answer,

Hortensia Jimenez-Diaz


Córdoba, Ver. ,Mexico

Michel Zeitunlian | Mar 20, 2011 11:49PM

Am Michel zeitunlian, chemistry coordinator from Lebanon.

Can I ask the chemistry teachers to work with their students on the activity pH of the planet and how much time they have to complete  it and should they upload their students work; or just do the activity for their school projects?

Waiting for reply.

mail to:

Thank you

Javier Garcia-Martinez | Mar 21, 2011 12:17AM

Dear Michel,

The idea is that the students perform the activities, including the pH of the Planet, during the whole year, and upload their data in the Global Experiment website


Javier Garcia-Martinez | Mar 21, 2011 12:21AM



The “Big Splash” of the global experiment to be launched on World Water Day

This year’s edition of World Water Day, on 22 March, which will be officially celebrated in Cape Town (South Africa), will see the launch of a global chemistry experiment involving experimenting with water by school children all over the world.

The ‘Big Splash’ is one the highlights of the day’s events in Cape Town, which have been organised with all of the United Nations agencies that are members of UN-Water, including UNESCO.  It will kick off a global chemistry experiment “Water a Chemical Solution.”

For the event, 1,000 15 to 18-year-old students in the Cape region of South Africa will test water quality, from 22 to 25 March, measuring salinity and acidity, and learning how it is filtered and distilled.

This initiative, launched by UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) as part of the International Year of Chemistry, aims to raise the awareness of primary and secondary school students of the importance of water as a vital resource. Students will be able to register the results of their tests in the website

Jennie Fei | Mar 22, 2011 12:35AM


I am teacher from Borneo island of Malaysia.  My students would like to participate in activities of  water: a chemical solution  as global experiment.  Kindly assist what can i do to contribute?


Javier Garcia-Martinez | Mar 22, 2011 11:21AM


Official launching of the Global Experiment of the International Year of Chemistry !
Dear Global Experiment enthusiasts and supporters !

Today, March 22nd, coinciding with the World Water Day, IUPAC and UNESCO are launching the Global Experiment of the IYC:

Thousands of students are carrying simple chemistry experiments and sharing their experiences around the world. For the official launching of this initiative, 1,000 15 to 18-year-old students in the Cape region of South Africa will test water quality, from 22 to 25 March, measuring salinity and acidity, and learning how it is filtered and distilled.

We are also launching today our new website, available so far in three languages, English, French and Spanish, where schools can register and upload the data of their experiments.

In a second stage an on-line 3D map of the Planet will be built with the data collected.

We encourage everybody to join this global activity to celebrate chemistry, learn about water and be part of the biggest chemistry experiment ever !

Share your stories, photos, and videos at:

Please help us spreading the word by telling your friends, involving your school and posting messages in your wall !

The Global Experiment of the IYC. Water: A Chemical Solution.

Fabienne Meyers | Apr 04, 2011 03:40PM

On the occasion of UN World Water Day, 22 March 2011, UNESCO and IUPAC launched this IYC Global Experiment (the “Big Splash”). This event occurred at Ratanga Junction, Cape Town from 22‐25 March 2011 and was organized in collaboration with the City of Cape Town Municipality. Read more

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