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Committee on Chemistry Education

Number: 2005-028-1-050

Title: Multiple use of chemicals and professional code of conduct

Task Group
: Natalia P.Tarasova

To facilitate the community of chemists and chemical engineers to learn about the key provisions and requirements of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), in order to integrate issues related to CWC and its implementation into chemistry teaching, and to promote codes of ethical and professional conduct of chemists and chemical engineers.

The CWC and the role of chemists was the subject of a joint meeting of IUPAC and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons held in Oxford (UK) from 9-12 July 2005. (see project details) Two recommendations of the meeting were (i) the need for chemists to develop their own codes-of-conduct, and (ii) for the development of educational material which describes the CWC and the obligations it places on the 160 member states who are signatories.

This project will address the first recommendation, i.e. the need for chemists to develop their own codes-of-conduct. A conference on Chemical Education and Responsible Stewardship will be organized at the D.Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, Moscow, Russia from 30 Oct to 1 Nov 2005. The goal of the conference is to discuss problems and share the experience on themes such as social responsibility of chemists and chemical aspects of industrial and life safety.
> see project addressing the 2nd recommendation

The chemical education can be effectively used in education for sustainable development because chemistry as a fundamental science and as a scientific basis for a variety of technologies in different branches of industry is deeply involved in the progress of modern civilization. In this context the social responsibility of scientists for peaceful use of scientific knowledge (and chemical knowledge in particular) is becoming one of the key issues in chemical education.

During the conference two workshops will be organized: "Green Chemistry for Megacities" and "Chemical Synthesis: the Point of Bifurcation", where the basic problem of multiple use of chemical knowledge will be discussed. This conference should give answer to the question what requirements and obligations can be advanced in the chemical and chemical engineers communities (and more generally in the international scientific community), how professional conduct that is in line with these requirements can be promoted, and how the knowledge of the CWC and its requirements can be more fully reflected in chemistry education in Russia, former Soviet Union countries, and other Russian-speaking regions.

A website for this conference has been established and includes program details. Future outcomes including teaching materials, computer software, kits, etc. will be made available at the same address:

A report following the conference held in October 2005 has been published in Chem. Int. Mar/Apr 2006.

Project completed

Last update: 8 June 2006


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