As chairman of the 42nd IChO Organizing Committee, I would like to extend my sincere welcome to the students, mentors and scientific observers, from roughly 70 different countries, flying from all over the world in July, 2010.
The importance of the field of chemistry cannot be overemphasized: closely connected to a variety of other disciplines, it brings us, through the chemical industry, cutting-edge products that enrich our daily lives.
Students attending the IChO have no doubt been enchanted by the beauty of chemistry, by its logic, by its capacity to both create and convert matter, and by the potential it holds in uncovering those secrets of nature that still await our discovery.
We encourage you all to do your best in this competition, and make full use of your knowledge, your skills and your intuition.in other words, your chemical wisdom. We also encourage you to enjoy your stay here, and make new friends. I hope the IChO serves as a catalyst for the establishment of many international friendships.