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Dr. Noha Elnagdi, a chemistry professor at King Saud University’s Female Center of Science and Medical Studies, has been named as a Saudi representative for what’s been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011), a year long program that focuses on the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind

IYC 2011, whose theme is "Chemistry – our life, our future," aims to raise awareness of chemistry among the general public and attract young people into the field, as well as highlighting the role of chemistry in solving global problems.

In order to communicate the central importance of chemistry in every facet of modern life, IYC 2011 has organized a multitude of events to meet the program goals. Examples of these activities will be meeting with government leaders to educate them about the importance of chemistry education, publicizing the contributions that chemistry makes to every nation’s economy, holding chemistry career fairs around the world and organizing problem-solving projects through which students can use their knowledge of chemistry to develop solutions to local problems.

Dr. Elnagdi is a strong advocate of creating “chemistry clubs“, and in her own experience, such club activities and coaching female students are being successfully spread throughout the female communities in Saudi Arabia.

She believes that chemistry educators possess ideas that can increase the public and students’ enthusiasm toward chemistry, as well as increasing awareness of safely dealing with everyday chemicals.

“On the occasion of being a representative of the Kingdom and KSU”, Dr. Elnagdi said, “I am pleased, but also apprehensive, of the considerable work I anticipate in the coming period, especially as a representative of King Saud University. I must prove to be an able ambassador of the University in my participation of activities being held by UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

She also gave enthusiastic praise to the Dean of the Female Center of Science and Medical Studies, noting, “I thank Dr. Amal Fatani for her continued moral support and boundless spirit and enthusiasm, which continually motivates me, and may Allah reward her all the best,”

The International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. Under the unifying theme “Chemistry—our life, our future,” IYC 2011 will offer a range of interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages.

IYC 2011 is an initiative of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and UNESCO, and involves chemical societies, academies, and institutions worldwide.