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2011-INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF CHEMISTRY

 

The XIX Mendeleev Congress on General and Applied Chemistry was held on 25–30 September, 2011 in Volgograd. The year 2011 was proclaimed as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) by the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), under the motto “Chemistry — our life, our future”. As part of the IYC, a number of activities on international and national scale were performed. Events commemorating the award of the Nobel Prize in chemistry to Maria Sklodowska Curie 100 years ago and highlighting the role of women in science were organized. 2011 also marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies. Along with these IYC events, XIX Mendeleev Congress provided an excellent opportunity to showcase international cooperation of scientists and their professional unions.

The Mendeleev Congresses are usually conducted every four—five years in world-famous scientific and cultural centres of Russia. The First Mendeleev Congress was held in Saint-Petersburg in 1907 in commemoration of the great Russian scholar D.I. Mendeleev (1834–1907). Later congresses were held in Moscow, Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg), Kazan, Kharkov, Kiev, Alma-Ata, Baku, Tashkent and Minsk. The previous XVIII Mendeleev Congress was held in 2007 in Moscow to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mendeleev Congress series in Russia. Volgograd was selected as the home city for the next Congress. This is a city with a glorious history and one of the largest centres of chemical industry in Russia.

 

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