International Year of Light 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-based technologies 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-based technologies 2015 (IYL2015) is a global initiative designed to highlight the key role light and optical technologies play in our daily lives and their importance for our future and for the sustainable development of the society we live in.


Summit on Crystallography as a vehicle to promote Science in Africa and beyond

© Marija Zbačnik, Pan African and South African Summit meeting on Crystallography as vehicle to promote Science in Africa and beyond

The UNESCO-IUCr Pan African and South African Meeting of the IYCr2014 took place in Bloemfontein, South Africa from 15 to 17 October 2014 with support of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), the European Crystallographic Association (ECA), the University of the Free State, the South African Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation. This Pan African and South African Summit Meeting titled “Crystallography as a vehicle to promote science in Africa and beyond” offered an opportunity to African Crystallographers, scientists, science administrators, policy-makers and industry leaders to discuss the challenges this science is facing in the African continent. (More)

Latin American Summit on biological crystallography a success

IYCr2014 Latin Amercia Summit Declaration

The IUCr-UNESCO Latin American Summit took place in Campinas, Brazil from 22 to 24 September with support by Funding Agencies CNPq, CAPES, and FAPESP, sponsorship by Molecular Dimensions, Bruker, NanoTemper, Agilent, GE Healthcare, Rigaku/Dairix, FORMULATRIX, astex, ttplabtech, and INCOATEC, and Institutional Partnerships with CNPEM, LNBio, LNLS, ABCr, and IFSC. This was the second summit meeting of the IYCr where the scientific theme was biological crystallography and complementary methods. Over 100 senior scientists, young researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and students from 12 countries met during the summit meeting held at the LNLS in Campinas. (More)

The world would be a different place today without crystallography

© IUCr, Bluetongue virus

‘If it were not for the discovery [of X-ray crystallography] 100 years ago, the world would look a very different place than it does now,’ commented Mike Glazer, emeritus professor of physics at the University of Oxford, on 12 December.

He was replying to a journalist’s question during the first press conference for the International Year of Crystallography, which gets under way with an opening ceremony at UNESCO headquarters on 20 and 21 January. The Year is being piloted jointly by UNESCO and the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr). (More)

The largest chemistry experiment ever made

Students participating in the Global Chemistry Experiment “Water: A Chemical Solution”

With over 470 schools registered and more than 10.000 students participating worldwide, the Global Chemistry Experiment is truly the largest chemistry experiment ever made.

The Global Chemistry Experiment “Water: A Chemical Solution”, which consists of four component activities, is a cornerstone activity of the International Year of Chemistry. The activities provide students with an appreciation of chemical investigation and data collection and validation. The results submitted by the students are available online as an interactive global data map - demonstrating the value of international cooperation in science.

- Global data map        
- Participate  
- Videos and Photos 
- International Year of Chemistry 2011  

The "Big Splash", a global school experiment on water quality launched on World Water Day

Launch of the Global Chemistry Experiment. © UNESCO/ Rovani Sigamoney

On the occasion of UN World Water Day, 22 March 2011, UNESCO and IUPAC launched the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) Global Experiment (the “Big Splash”). For the event, 1,000 students aged 15 to 18 tested water quality in the Cape region of South Africa from 22 to 25 March, measuring salinity and acidity, and learning how it is filtered and distilled.

Engineer shortage a threat to development, underlines UNESCO’s first global report on engineering

More than ever, the world needs creative engineering solutions to face its biggest challenges, from poverty to climate change. Yet many countries are seeing a decline in the enrolment of young people, especially women, in engineering studies. The slump endangers future engineering capacity, particularly in developing countries where brain drain is an additional problem.

Engineering: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Development

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