Our Vision

"Connect and empower younger chemists globally"

Our Mission

“The IYCN supports and advocates for younger scientists working across the chemical sciences towards a globally sustainable future”

IYCN is dedicated to creating an environment where all of those in the chemical sciences globally are welcome. We believe that celebrating our differences and what makes us unique, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, tribe, caste, socio-economic status, thinking and communication styles, will help us to create a more sustainable and inclusive scientific community, and world. 


As IYCN strives to achieve its mission and vision, and make an impact on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we will rely on our diverse membership and essential partner organizations to bring their unique skills, views, and experiences. We can only succeed if early career chemists from all backgrounds and nations have the opportunity to join, network and participate. 

IYCN will not tolerate discrimination (read our code of conduct) or bias against any person or group, and pledges to actively speak out against injustice.

A network such as IYCN can only succeed if early career chemists from all nations have the opportunity to join, network and participate. We have previously reached out to early career chemists from many countries (see the current map) 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 early career 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 IYCN can develop into not only a network of early career chemists but also a lasting system to foster growth and mentorship in chemistry.

International Younger Chemists Network

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About us

Our four pillars

Communicate    •    Collaborate    •    Educate    •    Mentor

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. 

Education is accomplished through conference fellowship awards, symposia organization (both physical and virtual), as well as bringing increased awareness through social media routes. 


IYCN members attending the reception that ACS hosted for IUPAC2019 - Photo by Marilia Valli

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IYCN members in Boston, 2017

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IYCN members participating on a chemistry event

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IYCN members attending the reception that ACS hosted for IUPAC2019 - Photo by Marilia Valli

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We 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. 

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. 


Current Projects

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Global Conversation on Sustainability

GCS is a joint IUPAC and IYCN project aligned with their goals to tackle the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by raising awareness and implementing sustainable practices on a chemistry basis.


The IYCN symposium on the UN-SDGs for the Benefit of Society held last IUPAC|CCCE 2021, is already available to watch on our Youtube channel.


You can also read more about these projects and goals in our blog section UN SDG.


ChemVoices is the result of a partnership between IUPAC and IYCN and was created to showcase the talents and impact of early-career scientists worldwide.

Visit the official website here

Test Tubes

Experiments are freely available to download in different languages in a PDF file. 

Go to the database.


Thanks to our sponsors

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
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