On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, on the occasion of the 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress and 46th IUPAC General Assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Project, an officially-sanctioned International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011 project, supported by an ACS challenge grant, hosted several events, including:
- Symposium: Are women still underrepresented in Science?
- Play reenactment of “A Living History of Marie Curie” by Susan Marie Frontczak
- “Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering” Recognition Ceremony honoring 23 chemists from around the globe followed by the Marie Curie exhibition courtesy of the Embassy of Poland to the United States
The 2011 ACS Challenge Grants were created in order to encourage the development of technical symposia that recognize the international and multidisciplinary nature of the IUPAC congress, which has a theme in 2011 of Chemistry Bridging Innovation among the Americas and the World. Three awards were granted to support the development and execution of symposia, each totaling up to $25,000.