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Marie Curie Lecture Series – 2011

The Year of Chemistry 2011 site is providing information on local activities.

Marie Curie:Credit The Science Channel

The Marie Curie Lecture Series is worth looking forward to. These will run throughout 2011 and will be located around New Zealand. Female chemists will be reflecting on how chemistry affects and improves our lives and our society.

The series will be launched in Wellington with a talk by Professor Margaret Brimble, 2007 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate:

Title: Exploring Nature’s Medicine Chest

When: Thursday 24 February 2011 at 6pm

Where: The Marae, Te Papa Museum, Wellington

The Year of Chemistry 2011 site describes the talk:

The intricate chemistry of nature has evolved over millions of years and we are in the exciting position to be able to recreate and craft the compounds that already exist in the world, in the laboratory. Professor Margaret Brimble’s research explores such possibilities and how we can best use these discoveries to create new medicines. Her lecture will showcase how natural products derived from microorganisms that live in extreme environments, and natural products produced by algal blooms, can be harnessed to develop novel anticancer, antibacterial and antiviral drugs and drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases.

“Exploring Nature’s Medicine Chest” is also the opening of the Marie Curie Lecture Series, a year- long national tour of talks by female New Zealand chemists in honour of Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her ground-breaking studies in radium and polonium.

Thanks to:  Marie Curie Lecture Series | International Year of Chemistry.

Sharing a chemical moment

I must admit when I read the headline “Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time” my mental image didn’t include scientists. I guess that indicates that different popular meaning given to the word “chemical.” But, in reality all our moments are chemical, aren’t they?

This is an invitation to local women chemists to a function kicking off the International Year of Chemistry. And why especially women? Well this year is the centenary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. (She had already received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903).


You are invited to breakfast at the Southern Cross Bar, 39 Abel Smith Street, Wellington On Tuesday 18th January from 8:00 am

To mark the start of the International Year of Chemistry. A major theme of IYC2011 is Women in Chemistry because this is the centenary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize.

Please RSVP attendance to Joanne.Harvey@vuw.ac.nz

For the breakfast/brunch menu, see http://www.thecross.co.nz/menus

This is the first major event of the International Year of Chemistry 2011

– a worldwide breakfast for women in chemistry next Tuesday the 18th of January. New Zealand, of course, gets to kick it off so this is an exciting opportunity to network with others in your local area as well as initiating an international celebration. When we finish our breakfast, we will hand over (a “chemical handshake” via Skype) to Australia, and so on as each country partakes.

Looks like fun.

See also:
Year of Chemistry 20011. New Zealand’s focus on the International Year of Chemistry.
More information at IYC website Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time.

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2011 – International Year of Chemistry

The General Assembly of the United Nations has adopted a resolution proclaimed 2011 as International Year of Chemistry, with UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) at the helm of the event. (See UN declares 2011 as International Year of Chemistry.)

2011 is the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Marie Curie. So the IYC will provide an opportunity to celebrate contributions of women scientists. The general goals are:

“to increase 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.”

There will be  IYC year will be divided into four thematic quarters to the year. The first quarter is “Water in the Environment” with activities highlighting the nature and importance of water, and the role of chemists in securing water quality and purity.

The second quarter will focus on the importance of viable alternative energy sources with special celebrations are planned for Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

“Materials,” including recycling and nanomaterials will be the focus of the third quarter.

Finally “health” will be emphasised by the fourth quarter with coverage of the chemical sciences related to nutrition, hygiene, and medicine. National Chemistry Week (Oct. 17-23, 2011) will be the highlight of the fourth quarter.

Teachers, students and scientists all over the world are encouraged to participate in IYC-inspired activities in their local schools and communities.

The Royal Society of New Zealand “are planning heaps of events for the public” but have yet to put their programme on line.

International Year of Chemistry, “Celebrate Chemistry.”
ACS, Chemistry for Life, “ACS Celebrates IYC 2011.”
The Official Website of the Nobel Prize, “Biography: Marie Curie.”
ACS, Chemistry for Life, “IYC 2011, Activities and Resources for Your Celebration” (vid of webinar held on December 7, 2010).
ACS, Chemistry for Life, “Chemistry Education Resources.”
Chemistry for Life, “Meg A. Mole Future Chemist.”
YouTube, “terrificsciencestaff’s channel.”
Facebook, “Chemists Celebrate Earth Day, Sponsored by the American Chemical Society.”
Facebook, “IYC 2011.”

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