The Editorial Board of Polymer International and the IUPAC Polymer Division are delighted to announce that Guihua Yu (University of Texas at Austin, USA) is the winner of the 7th Polymer International–IUPAC award for Creativity in Applied Polymer Science.
The International Science Council’s (ISC) released a new action plan for action over the next two and a half years. The document most important purpose is to form a practical framework for the ISC’s work, in all of its key functions, until the end of 2021.
After World War II, the Cold War generated significant barriers between the East and the West, and this affected all sorts of cooperation, including research and scientific collaboration. However, as the political situation in the Soviet Union started to change in the 1980s under the leadership of Mikael Gorbachev, the environment for international collaboration in many areas gradually improved.
The Green Chemistry for Life research grants programme is part of the PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC Partnership in Green Chemistry for Life. The grants aim to provide support for green chemistry solutions and to encourage the elaboration by young scientists of projects that focus on the designing of sustainable products and processes that minimize or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. One of the grants provides support for a research project on the use of phosphogypsum, a by-product generated in great quantities when producing phosphoric acid and phosphate fertilizers.
In 2019, the world celebrated the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019) and the IUPAC centenary. This happy coincidence offered a unique opportunity to reflect on the value and work that is carried out by IUPAC in a range of activities, including chemistry awareness, appreciation, and education. Although IUPAC curates the Periodic Table and oversees regular additions and changes, this icon of science belongs to the world. With this in mind, we wanted to create an opportunity for students and the general public to participate in this global celebration. The objective was to create an online global competition centered on the Periodic Table and IUPAC to raise awareness of the importance of chemistry in our daily lives, the richness of the chemical elements, and the key role of IUPAC in promoting chemistry worldwide. The Periodic Table Challenge was the result of this effort.
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.