We also sponsored four UK-based early career researchers to attend the General Assembly and Congress as part of IUPAC's Young Observer scheme. All four participated enthusiastically, and have already identified IUPAC activities in which they would like to get involved.
One of them, Marloes Peeters from Manchester Metropolitan University, shared her thoughts with us:
"As a Young Observer, you have the unique chance to have a look behind the scenes. We learned IUPAC is divided into eight different divisions and your first job, under guidance of your mentor, is to find your 'home'. In my case this was Division IV, focused on polymers. The people in Division IV were very welcoming and were actively involving Young Observers to participate, directly assigning us to projects and extending invitations for social events. This also gave me the chance to meet some of my personal heroes (names behind the papers) in person.
"I have been officially invited as an Observer to the Division IV meeting in Cairns next year. This means I can continue contributing to IUPAC and the first project I am working on is the use of Wikipedia for Polymer Technology terms and tutorials."
Support and confidence
The IUPAC General Assembly took place during the same week. It included a World Chemistry Leadership Meeting, which was opened by our external relations manager Ale Palermo. Her presentation gave more insight into the research behind the FCS report.
She was later contacted by a young member of the ACS who attended those talks, who said, "I want to thank you personally for the support and confidence you have in young chemists and their ideas. Your enthusiasm for the future and the way you approached both your talk and the Young Observers projects was very inspiring." It’s great to see that our forward-looking approach is giving those coming into the field confidence that they are supported!
It was a great assembly and as a Brazilian I was very proud to take part.