IYCN Celebrates Earth Day


To engage the next generation, and in so doing celebrate Earth Day, the International Younger Chemists’ Network has launched a competition that seeks to recognise exemplary contributions to chemistry outreach. Applicants are invited to submit chemistry experiments that can be used for outreach and public engagement under a specific theme. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the 2020 theme is Earth Chemistry.

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The competition opened on 28 January 2020 in recognition of the oil spill that occurred in 1969 off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, which in part inspired the creation of Earth Day, and will close on Earth Day, 22 April 2020.

Experiments will be assessed according to their accessibility, repeatability, and suitability for the suggested audience. The winning submissions have the opportunity to publish their experiments in the IYCN experiment database.


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