The aim of the global competition is to design a national stamp that reflects on ‘Chemistry as a Cultural Enterprise‘, showing the chemical impact on the culture and/or every day life in your country.
Examples already mentioned are: (South Africa) washing-powder changed life in rural areas, (Egypt) mummies in ancient times and fighting pollution nowadays, (Taiwan) preventing danger of (UV) radiation, (UK) Nobel laureates and (Germany) new medicines.
The competition is open to students all over the world in 3 age categories (12–14, 15–18 and undergraduates/teacher students from all subjects (not only chemistry!)
The competition runs from January 29, 2011 till June 15, 2011. You will be able to see stamp designs from other students and you have to rate them (peer review).
A panel of experts from IUPAC and all partners will judge the entries. The best entries in the 3 (age) categories will be given notice and their entries will be published on the different websites. National Chemical Societies will be encouraged to publish results of winners and runners up.
The (large) winning stamp designs will be on show during the IYC 2011 Closing Ceremony in Brussels, Belgium, on December 1, 2011. Pictures will be taken and a report written, that will be free for dissemination. Depending on available funding and organisation the winning students may also be invited to take part in the closing ceremony in Brussels.
What students should know before starting
You can work on your own ideas about ‘Chemistry as a Cultural Enterprise’ for your stamp.
The stamp should be self-explanatory, so people all over the world can understand it. It should show the chemical impact on culture and/or every day life in your country. You should also offer a short account (in English).
Only electronic entries sent to http://mtn.e2bn.net/satw_design_a_national_stamp will be accepted. On this site you will find a downloadable PowerPoint presentation with elaborate instructions and guidelines for submission
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