The Dow Chemical Company today announced its plans to participate in a variety of events and engagements in 2011 to help advance public understanding and appreciation of chemistry through its global sponsorship of the United Nations-designated International Year of Chemistry (IYC). As the first and only global partner of IYC, Dow will have an active role at the IYC Opening Ceremony in Paris, France, on January 27–28 at the UNESCO headquarters, and the February 1 U.S. launch event In Philadelphia, Penn. at the Chemical Heritage Foundation headquarters, among others.
“Dow is very serious about making sure 2011 is a breakthrough year for the field and future of chemistry,” said Andrew Liveris, Dow’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The International Year of Chemistry presents a unique opportunity for chemical industry academia and other key stakeholders to create a new awareness and understanding of the power of this science to solve complex global issues.”
In addition to speaking engagements and Dow-sponsored exhibits at the Global and U.S. launch events, Dow will leverage its science and technology expertise, sustainability focus and network to actively participate in a series of global and regional events that have both direct and indirect ties to IYC. All IYC programming aims to increase public appreciation of chemistry, encourage interest in chemistry among young people and generate enthusiasm for the creative future of this science under the unifying theme “Chemistry – Our Life, Our Future.”
IYC-sponsored global events of note include the world’s largest gathering of Nobel laureates in July at the 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Puerto Rico to share the latest research and developments in chemistry; a year-long project uniting students around the globe to test the water quality where they live to share and compare their findings as part of “Water: A Chemical Solution;” and the IYC closing event in December in Brussels, Belgium, at the same location where chemist Marie Curie and other famous scientists met 100 years ago and laid the cornerstone of modern science, to recap the year and reinforce future collaborations in the chemical sciences that benefit humankind.
In addition to the IYC-sponsored global events, Dow will initiate involvement in its local communities and regional programs to further expose IYC to external audiences. For example, in March, Dow will host an interactive lab exhibit at the renowned innovation gathering TED2011 in Long Beach, Calif. that dovetails with the conference’s theme: the “rediscovery of wonder.” In July, the Company will host an interactive exhibit at TEDGlobal 2011 in Scotland to share the Company’s insights that address the global conference theme of “what is life, and how can it be better lived.” In Latin America, Dow will celebrate IYC by collaborating with industry partners, non-government organizations and government leaders to initiate science-based educational programs as a force for innovation and economic growth.
Throughout the year, Dow will announce more specific details of its involvement in all events it supports in celebration of IYC.
“The International Year of Chemistry is a celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to humanity and the world," added Liveris. “The year 2011 also presents a perfect opportunity for industry and other stakeholders to create new collaborations focused on finding solutions to the many challenges still before us. Dow is pleased to help lead this effort.”