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China Welcomes the 58th International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad

Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad

China, This week heralds the commencement of the 58th International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad, an esteemed gathering of nearly 200 young chemistry enthusiasts from across the globe. Originating almost six decades ago in the Soviet Union, this event has now found its way to China for the first time.

With participants from 26 different countries converging in Shenzhen, the significance of this occasion cannot be overstated. Set against the backdrop of a swiftly evolving world, characterized by shifting economic landscapes and mounting global challenges, events like the Chemistry Olympiad serve as beacons of hope and unity.

Held at the impressive, newly erected campuses of Peking Polytechnic University and Moscow State University, the opening ceremony of the Olympiad was a dazzling display. A highlight of the event was the mesmerizing blending of five fluorescent liquids of different colors in a single test tube, orchestrated by esteemed guests from both China and Russia. Beyond the chemistry on display, this vibrant act symbolized unity, underscoring the growing ties between the two nations.


“As the world undergoes rapid transformations, with economic and scientific leadership shifting to the East, tensions often arise in Western societies,” remarked Andrey Melnichenko, founder of the Charitable Foundation, a co-organizer of the Olympiad. “Failure to address these tensions can lead to conflicts and disrupt the ties that bind us. It’s crucial to focus not on division but on unity, on tackling common challenges and improving collective well-being, particularly starting with our youth.”

Through initiatives like the Chemistry Olympiad, the Foundation aims to ignite a passion for science in the next generation while fostering collaboration and discovery among them.

The Olympiad offers not only a platform for young talents to showcase their skills but also facilitates meaningful exchanges among scientists, educators, and policymakers. By fostering a culture of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, the event contributes to scientific research and innovation on a global scale.

In the realm of education, the Foundation’s initiatives focus on nurturing talent and promoting social mobility for young individuals across Russia. Through educational centers, competitions, and outreach programs, it empowers youth to pursue careers in STEM fields and contribute to scientific progress. Drawing from his own experiences in the Soviet system, Melnichenko emphasizes the importance of identifying and nurturing talented children, recalling his own education at a specialized boarding school in Moscow University.

Equally passionate about international climate policy, Melnichenko heads the climate committee in the main Russian business union and represents Russian business at UN climate conferences. The Foundation funds research and projects aimed at addressing climate change, particularly in the Russian Arctic. Melnichenko highlights the synergy between education and climate initiatives, stressing the need for collaboration and depoliticization to effectively address global challenges.

In Shenzhen, discussions about environmental conservation come naturally. Talented youths from various countries compete in the Olympiad, yet amidst the competition, a spirit of camaraderie prevails. They engage in lively exchanges and forge friendships, momentarily escaping the complexities of the world outside, united by their shared passion for chemistry and the promise of a brighter future.

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