Publish Date: 15.02.2011

Category: News from the University

The international year of chemistry was marked in Ljubljana with an opening ceremony on 9 February, where the keynote speech was delivered by the President of the RS, Dr. Danilo Türk. The event was attended by the Rector of the University of Ljubljana, Prof. Dr. Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik, and the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Gregor Golobič. An experimental launch of the international year of chemistry was carried out by Prof. Dr. Ivan Leban from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana.

The international year of chemistry coincides with the hundredth anniversary of Marie Curie's Nobel Prize for chemistry. In Slovenia, it is also 60 years since the establishment of the Slovenian Chemical Society. The aim of the current year of chemistry is to bring science closer to all people, as pointed out at the ceremony by Venčeslav Kaučič, the president of the Slovenian Chemical Society, whereas the President of Slovenia Dr. Danilo Türk highlighted the importance of the chemical industry and called attention to the responsibility of chemists in environmental protection.

The so-termed "green chemistry" was also noted some days ago at the inaugural ceremony declaring 2011 the year of chemistry in Paris by Irina Bokova, the director of UNESCO's fund for education, science and culture. She said that the United Nations wish to identify ways in which "green chemistry" can make a positive contribution to the debate on climate change and environmental protection.

In Slovenia, the international year of chemistry will be attended by a number of events. Finally, Slovenian chemists wish those fellow citizens who are not professionally involved in chemistry many chemical adventures that will radically change and broaden their knowledge and educate them into smart users (consumers), as they wrote on the website of the International Year of Chemistry in Slovenia.

Official website of the International Year of Chemistry in Slovenia: