This year the world celebrates the International Year of Chemistry (IYC)!

Initiated by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), this worldwide event is a “celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.”

IYC  2011 also coincides with Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize and the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies.

The launch ceremony for IYC 2011 will be at the UNESCO World Headquarters in Paris on 27-28 January 2011.

There are many outlined activities from every corner of the world (click here to see the list).  The Philippines has one – a Regional Chemistry Quiz Bee in SOCCSKSARGEN. Surely, Chem people in the Islands can do better than this!

Let me end with the ad below. This is one of my favorite chemistry ads. Enjoy watching.