The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the IUPAC 2013 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Awards.

The purpose of the awards program, initiated as part of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry celebrations, is to acknowledge and promote the work of women chemists/chemical engineers worldwide. In 2011, 23 women were honored during a ceremony held at the IUPAC Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on 2 August 2011 sponsored by a challenge grant from the American Chemical Society and also support from Dow Chemical.* A similar award ceremony will take place during the 2013 IUPAC Congress in August 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Awardees will be selected based on excellence in basic or applied research, distinguished accomplishments in teaching or education, or demonstrated leadership or managerial excellence in the chemical sciences. The Awards Committee is particularly interested in nominees with a history of leadership and/or community service during their careers.

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In case you consider submiting a nomination please do not hesitate to contact EuCheMS concerning possible support letter.

The EuCheMS Executive Board will review all nominations sent by 31 March 2013 to , and after being approved, issue a support letter and made the final submission to IUPAC.

David Spichiger, SCS