Celebrating Canadian Chemistry

Celebrating Canadian Chemistry

Author: Jonathan Faiz

Angewandte Chemie is marking the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and the 100th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition with a special issue showcasing Canadian and German chemistry.

In their editorial, Mark Lautens (pictured left) and Douglas W. Stephan (pictured right), University of Toronto, Canada, introduce the issue by pointing out that Canadian chemistry was pioneered by immigrants, including Nobel Laureates Ernest Rutherford, Gerhard Herzberg, John Polanyi, and Michael Smith. Over the last quarter century, the Canadian population has almost doubled, and Canadian chemistry involves a vibrant mix of scientists both from Canada and abroad.

Collaborations between Canadian and German chemists are key, and schemes such as those organized by the Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) allow the exchange of Canadian and German (under)graduate students and postdocs.

The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) includes engineers, chemical technologists, and of course chemists, who are represented by the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) branch. With the CSC’s Canadian Chemistry Conference celebrating its 100th anniversary, the future for chemistry in Canada is looking bright.


 

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