History of IYCN
Incubation, Initiation and Launch
Established as a task force in Boston during the ACS Fall national meeting.
Soft launch at EuCheMS in Sevilla. Formal IUPAC Project Proposal.
Official launch in Brazil, as an associate member organization of IUPAC.
Our General Assembly took place during the IUPAC 2019 conference in Paris.
Find more of our GA and IUPAC2019 here.
Where we come from
(Map showing the different countries currently represented at IYCN as of Aug. 2023)
IYCN Executive Board
Industry Relations Committee
The Industry Relations Committee strives to build long-term relationships with partners in industry and seeks funding and grants to realize project-specific activities of the IYCN. The Committee is also interested in organizing events and projects together with industrial partners across the chemical sciences.
The goal of the Social Media Committee is to build and maintain an online presence for the IYCN on various social media channels. This includes managing the IYCN website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram accounts, and a YouTube channel. In addition, the Social Media Committee is responsible for publishing the IYCN newsletters and promoting all the IYCN projects, activities and events, and other relevant events of interest to early-
Social Media Committee
The Governance Committee works to update the IYCN Statutes and By-laws and plan/coordinate the yearly IYCN General Assembly. Its role is to anticipate and resolve issues regarding governance (internal rules, formal relationship with IUPAC and other parties) that guide the actions of the network and the mission
and vision of the IYCN.
Conference Presence Committee
Tracy Lau and Walid Heiba
The goals of the Conference Presence Committee are to support the vision and
mission of the IYCN. We collaborate with international societies to organize activities, events and share resources to expand our network. Our goal is to be present at international conferences through flyers, oral and poster presentations, and to connect virtually with other early-career chemists around the world.
Public Outreach Committee
The Public Outreach Committee is focused on promoting the vision and mission of the IYCN across the chemistry community through articles, talks, and online resources in different languages to ensure that chemistry and the work of the IYCN are understood and accessible to a broad community. The Committee organizes annual experiment outreach competitions and recently launched a mentoring program.
International Society Liaison
The International Society Liaison Committee serves as a bridge between the
IYCN and other international societies and organizations. The Committee disseminates opportunities to collaborate and establishes links between partners and the IYCN. The Committee also assists the IYCN Executive Board by providing strategic and actionable advice for each potential collaboration and
facilitates communication and cooperation with relevant parties.
Science for Policy Committee
The Science for Policy Committee aims to raise awareness and encourage the participation of early-career chemists globally in science policy by gathering and providing resources and training, collaborating with international organizations, early-career networks, and policymakers, and contributing to relevant discussions. The Committee will also cooperate with other IYCN Committees in organizing events to address global challenges and strive for a sustainable future.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee aims to pursue diversity and develop strategies to increase EDI among IYCN Members, as well as historically marginalized communities in the chemical sciences worldwide. The Committee strives for EDI in all IYCN projects and activities, working and collaborating closely with the other committees. We aim to organize events and collect and share resources to promote and support EDI within the chemistry community worldwide.
Anyanwu Solomon Nonso
Silvina Di Pietro
International Society Liaison
Nnanake-Abasi O. Offiong
Science for Policy
Nicole Ann L. Tuberon
Francisca J. Benítez
Thomas Odey Magu
Ramia Al Bakain
Yvonne Shuen Choo
Arif Faisal Ahmed
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Selina Ama Saah
Carlos da Silva Jr
Past IYCN Chairs / Vice-Chairs
Engaging Early-Career Scientists in Global Policy Making
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, e202217841. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202217841
The Global Conversation on Sustainability: An IYCN/IUPAC Joint Effort to Creating a Sustainable Future Worldwide
Chemistry International, vol. 45, no. 2, 2023, pp. 10-16. https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2023-0204
The Future of Laboratory Chemistry Learning and Teaching Must be Accessible
Orielia Egambaram, Kira Hilton, Jennifer Leigh, Robert Richardson, Julia Sarju, Anna Slater, and Bethan Turner, J. Chem. Ed, doi/10.1021/acs.jchemed.2c00328
IUPAC and IYCN: Working Together for a Globally Sustainable Future
Carolina Sotério, João Borges and Javier García Martínez, Chemistry International 2022, 44 (2), 39-45. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2022-0230
Becoming a Scientist Means Empowering Oneself to Improve Life
Carolina Sotério, Emiel Dobbelaar, Sandy M. G. Lama, ChemViews, February 01, 2022, DOI: 10.1002/chemv.202200003
Younger Chemists Thriving during the Global COVID-19 Pandemic
Fatima Mustafa, Raymond Borg, João Borges, ChemViews, May 04, 2021, DOI: 10.1002/chemv.202100032
A Virtual Journey in Empowering Early-Career Chemists
João Borges, Lori Ferrins, Antonio M. Rodríguez, Maximilian Menche, Dimitra T. Pournara, Katja Väyrynen, Jovana V. Milić, Juan C. Aponte-Santini, Chem. Views, 02 February 202, DOI: 10.1002/chemv.202100001
Welcome from IUPAC
Christopher Brett and Richard Hartshorn, AsiaChem the official magazine of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS), November 2020, Volume 1, DOI: https://doi.org/10.51167/acm00003
An organization you should know
The Chemical Bulletin, a publication of the Chicago Section of the ACS, Vol 107, No 10. https://chicagoacs.org/news.php#An_Organization_You_Should_Know
A diverse view of science to catalyse change
César A. Urbina-Blanco et al. Nature Chemistry volume 12, pages773–776(2020).
The Inaugural IYCN General Assembly
Bailey Mourant, Lori Ferrins, Sophie Carenco, Natalie LaFranzo and Catherine M. Rawlins, Chemistry International 2020, 42, 16-21.
EYCN and IYCN: Connecting and Empowering Younger Chemists Globally
Dimitra T. Pournara, Gabriela Desireé Tormet-González, Sebastian Weber, João Borges, Maximilian Menche, Jovana V. Milić Chemistry Views 2020, 10.1002/chemv.202000020
‘Younger chemists’: who are they?
Ana Avheninen and Joshua Marlow. Chemistry in Australia (RACI) March/April 2020.
Engaging the Next Generation
Aurora Ann Walshe, ChemViews 2019, DOI: 10.1002/chemv.201900088
Rede International de Químicos Mais Jovens (IYCN)
André Seco and Joao Borges, QUÍMICA 43, 153-154. (In Portuguese)
The Future of Chemistry: A Young Chemist’s Perspective.
Catherine A. Rawlins. l’actualiteé chimique
Catalyzing global connectivity among younger chemist communities
Jens Breffke, Chemical & Engineering News 2018, 96.
Chemistry in a Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary World
Chris Ober and Hemda Garelick, Chemistry International, 40, 7-10. https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2018-0304
IUPAC and IYCN: Forging New Connections to Support Younger Chemists Worldwide
Lori Ferrins, Evijola Llabani and Christine Dunne, Chemistry International 2018, 40, 11-13. https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2018-0305
The International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN): Building Connections with Our Peers Worldwide
Lori Ferrins and Catherine Rawlins, The NUCLEUS 2018, 96, 2.
IYCN and IUPAC Work Together
Chemistry International, 2017, 39, 42.
From Young Observers to Young Actors: A Message to IUPAC from a few Young Observers
Sophie Carenco, Laurean Ilies, Leonardo Scarabelli and Dean Tantillo, Chemistry International, 2017, 39, 49-50.
The Future of Chemistry is Global
Vera Koester, Paula C. P. Bueno, Sophie Carenco, Christine Dunne, Lori Ferrins, Evijola Llabani, Nnanake-Abasi Offiong, Ilya V. Vorotyntsev, ChemViews 2017, DOI: 10.1002/chemv.201700099
Connecting younger chemists
Natalie LaFranzo, Chemical & Engineering News, 95, 35.
Expectations of Younger Chemists in France
Sophie Carenco, Camille Oger, Gregory Chatel, ChemViews 2017, DOI: 10.1002/chemv.201700007
IYCN: A Journey That Has Just Begun
Christine Dunne and Fernando Gomollón-Bel, Chemistry International 2017, 39, 4-5. https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2017-0204.
Les jeunes chimistes créent leur réseau international
Sophie Carenco, L'Actualité Chimique 2017, 8, 422-423. (In French)
The International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN)
Michael Linden, (2017), Jungchemikerforum. Nachr. Chem., 65: 966-970. doi:10.1002/nadc.20174067251 In German
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