International Younger Chemists Network
Communicate, Collaborate, Educate, Mentor
IYCN aims to be inclusive in every possible way, welcoming members from the scientific community on a global scale. One of our specific goals is to communicate the opportunity to join and develop this network to chemists in every country.
The current work of IYCN is to reach out to chemists of all nationalities. A network such as IYCN can only succeed if young chemists from all nations have the opportunity to join, network and participate. We have previously reached out to young chemists from many countries and continue to seek out ambassadors from the underrepresented countries. While many IYCN members will also be involved in other societies, a platform like IYCN is a constructive route of bridging international borders.
As of today, a truly global network of young chemists has not been established. Also, in most developing countries national chemical societies do not have key programs for the sustainable integration of students and early career professionals. It is our hope that the IYCN can develop into not only a network of young chemists but also a lasting system to foster growth and mentorship in chemistry.
Who We Are
A long range goal of IYCN is to expand on the four pillars of our mission statement. In order to communicate we aim to organize symposia at all IUPAC Congresses in the future, international conferences, and create a platform to connect young chemists. In the realm of collaboration, we believe that working directly with IUPAC (see the Memorandum of Understanding) and the interdisciplinary nature of the divisions and committees we can begin to have an influential voice for young chemists. Education will be accomplished through conference fellowship awards, symposia organization (both physical and virtual), as well as bringing increased awareness through social media routes. Finally, we will mentor by organizing programs for career development (including resume building, cover letter writing, and soft skills), creating an open access forum for chemists with questions to interact, and working with established chemists to develop our programming to provide career outlooks and advice. The ability to reach young chemists on a virtual platform will help IYCN to have a wider range of impact of younger chemists around the world who do not have the ability to attend these conferences for a myriad of reasons.
"Connect and empower younger chemists globally"
“The International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) supports and advocates for younger scientists working across the chemical sciences towards a globally sustainable future”
We want to reach chemists of all nationalities. Hence, it is essential to build networks and to participate in existing platforms like IUPAC.
As young chemists we cannot start this journey alone. We need the support, ideas and mentorships from established scientists that want to give back to the future minds of their craft.
We strive to empower younger members of the chemistry community. Our Travel Fellowship provides support for rising stars in chemistry.
Our educational workshops, scientific symposia, and additional conference planning provides young chemists with essentials for their career. We also support one-on-one career advice, networking events, and continued development of soft skills.
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Chemists Without Borders
Chemists Without Borders (CWB) solves humanitarian problems by mobilizing the resources and expertise of the global chemistry community and its networks. It is a collection of chemists and non-chemists who have the goal of making the world a better place. CWB utilizes the knowledge of chemistry to solve problems and improve the lifestyles of less fortunate people in a variety of countries.
They are looking for volunteers and you can contact Dr. Ray Kronquist at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to join one of our teams.
IYCN launched a new project to share chemistry around the world! Experiments are freely available to download in different languages in a PDF file. The first experiment "Heat and Ocean" is avalaible in 11 different languages!
The winners of our Experiment Competition were announced during IUPAC 2019 in Paris. Congratulations to the teams, Agboluaje Saheed Alabi from Nigeria and Hayden Clum / Jayquelyn Cetola from the US. Both teams received a prize of 250 USD, one sponsored by Pearson and the other by IYCN. The experiments will be translated and provided to the public on our website soon.