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Publicly Available Published by De Gruyter August 6, 2018

IUPAC100 Global Breakfast

From the journal Chemistry International

In 2011 women from more than 40 countries came together in a global networking breakfast as part of the International Year of Chemistry celebration. A video of the event (see <>) captured the enthusiasm and diversity of individual events which ranged from spontaneous celebration to a timely discussion of career progression and work-life balance for women chemists.

As part of the IUPAC100 celebration in 2019, we now invite chemists and students from around the world to celebrate the achievements of women in chemistry. We encourage groups to organize breakfast networking events on 12 February and to connect on that day with other groups around the world as a way to strengthen the bonds between women in chemistry. Men are very welcome to attend.

Details and checkpoints

The IUPAC100 Global Breakfast Event will be held on a single day, Tuesday 12 February 2019, and follows directly after the UNESCO-supported International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11.

The event will begin in New Zealand, progress around the globe, and finish in Hawaii.

Organizations of all types (universities, high schools, companies, chemical societies) are invited to participate.

Organizers are encouraged to invite women in chemistry from their local communities to a networking breakfast event to celebrate the achievements of women chemists and look to the future.

Organizations of all types (universities, high schools, companies, chemical societies) are invited to participate.

Groups can register their breakfast on the IUPAC100 website.

Social media feeds will be displayed in real time on the IUPAC100 site. Individual breakfast meetings will be asked to announce the opening and closing of their event by posting a short video to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #IUPAC100 and #globalwomensbreakfast.

Each group is encouraged to bring their own creative ideas to designing their individual event; suggestions include using the breakfast as a forum to explore career progression for women chemists.

The breakfast meetings can further inform the audience about the role of IUPAC, celebrated through the anniversary theme of A Common Language of Chemistry, and the ways in which communities of chemists can contribute in the future to world needs.

Please share your preparations leading up to February 2019 via social media. For more information, please view the IUPAC100 website ( or email

For more information about this IUPAC100 activity, please contact Mary Garson <> co-chair of the Centenary Planning Committee.

 IYC2011 women's breakfast in Paraguay

IYC2011 women's breakfast in Paraguay

Published Online: 2018-08-06
Published in Print: 2018-07-01

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