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Global Stamp Competition about Culture and Chemistry

SAW eventsThe Global Stamp Competition was run by a partnership arranged by UNESCO and IUPAC. There were 247 entries from 18 countries. The judges met Puerto Rico and the results of the competition, and all the entries, can be seen on the Making the News web site

International Science Debate

April 4, 2011: Schools in England, Germany and India took part in a Skype debate on the topic: ‘I think people have the right to have their embryos genetically tested to try and ensure they have healthy children.’

You can watch a video of the debate on the web site of the Mosslands School. You can also see a summary of the outcomes and download more information about the debate.

Young Ambassadors for Chemistry in Ethopia

SAWFebruary 18-19, 2011: The course for the global project Young Ambassadors for Chemistry of the Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) was successfully held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The University of Addis Ababa hosted and facilitated the YAC course, the YAC event took place in front of the Ministry of Education, a spacious location in a pedestrian area with a lot of public around. 41 Teachers from all over Ethiopia and 40 students from 6 secondary schools in and around Addis Ababa, participated in the programme. For full details and pictures please download this file.

Distinguished Contribution to Chemistry Award

September 2010 - Congratulations to Dr Lida Schoen on receiving the Distinguished Contribution to Chemistry Award from the ICCE Taipei for her work on the Young Ambassadors for Chemistry programme. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the improvement of chemistry education over their career.

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The award was handed during the opening session of the ICCE 21 in Taipei by Taiwanese Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Yuan-Tseh Lee after Prof. Morton Hoffman (Boston University, USA) expressed the considerations of the jury.

Lida is a long-standing member of the Science Across the World team who has supported SAW with great enthusiasm over the years and much admired by her SAW colleagues. This award is very well deserved, congratulations Lida!  

Text: Marianne Cutler
Pictures: Mustafa Soszbilir

Young Ambassadors for Chemistry in Manila, Philippines

May 2010 - The course for the global project Young Ambassadors for Chemistry (collaboration between SAW and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) was successfully held in Manila, the Philippines on April 12-14, 2010.

Prof. Fortunato B. Sevilla III of Santo Tomas University in Manila took the initiative to host YAC in the Philippines, through the Philippine Assocation of Chemistry Teachers, Inc., headed by Prof Myrna Rodrigues (University of the Philippines Los Baños), as the local organisers. PACT organised and facilitated the YAC course at the Asian-Pacific College and FUSE-LCT (Foundation for the Upgrading of the Standard of Education - Learning Center for Teachers) and the event in SM (ShoeMart)-Manila shopping mall.

Forty teachers and 60 students from 15 public and secondary secondary schools from Metro Manila and nearby provinces and from as far as Davao City, participated in the YAC programme.

Science across the World played an important role in the course with the topics 'Chemistry in our Lives' and 'Chemistry as a Cultural Enterprise'.