PAC Symposum 2011_

Every year, the PAC symposium, a joint initiative of 4 student organisations, is held at one of the Dutch universities, featuring lectures from both foreign and Dutch researchers. This year’s symposium, addressing a.o. chemistry students, celebrates the IYC, as well as curiosity, the driving force behind science.

The PAC Symposium is a joint venture between four student associations from chemistry faculties of four universities in the Netherlands. These student associations are USS Proton (Utrecht), CDL (Leiden), ACD and VCSVU (both Amsterdam). The name PAC originates from the first letters of the original three organisators, as the VCSVU joined later.

It is organized by The PAC Foundation, which is a non-profit, student-led, foundation set up to stimulate integration between the four participating universities and to inspire students’ interest in research, symposia and innovation.

This year’s symposium will be held at Utrecht University on March the 3rd, 2011, under the theme « Curiosity », both celebrating the driving force behind chemistry (as well as other sciences), as well as marking the 100th anniversary of the Chemistry Nobel Prize of Mme. Curie.

With lectures in a wide range of topics involving chemistry and chemical research, from both foreign and Dutch speakers, this year’s PAC Symposium, in the International Year of Chemistry, will appeal to a broad range of chemistry students, PhD-students and other interested parties.

PAC-symposium 2011: Curious?

In the year 2011 the PAC symposium is extra special. Because it is exactly 100 years ago that Marie Curie Skłodowska won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, UNESCO decided that 2011 be the International Year of Chemistry (IYC). The PAC symposium has been approved as official event of the IYC. Looking for a suitable theme to go with this honour, we chose ‘Curious?’ to be the central theme of the day. Curiosity has always been the driving force behind scientific research. As a chemist you are curious as to how something works or why things happen the way they do. In this way, curiosity has had a tremendous influence on the world as it is today.

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