- Increase public appreciation of Chemistry in meeting world needs.
- Encourage an interest in Chemistry among young people.
- Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of Chemistry.
- Celebrate the achievements of Marie Curie and the contributions of women to Chemistry.
International Launching Ceremony in Paris
The Official International Launch Ceremony for IYC 2011 will take place at UNESCO World Headquarters in Paris on 27-28 January 2011, under the aegis of the UN, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), and the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry). A wide range of IYC 2011 events are planned, all focusing on achieving four key goals: