OPCW launches new interactive educational materials

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced on Tuesday the release of updated educational information on the multiple uses of chemicals, which was created with help from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

The first interactive materials were released between 2005 and 2007 and had not been updated until now. The IUPAC and OPCW worked together to update the materials, along with the help of Peter Mahaffy of the King's Centre for Visualization in Science in Canada and Alastair Hay of the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

The new materials are interactive, web-based education tools intended for educators, students, policy makers and the general public. The materials teach the beneficial uses and dangerous capabilities of chemicals., and can be used as-is or added to interactive presentations to explain the multiple uses of chemicals.

The materials were created through collaboration between the King's Centre for Visualization in Science, OPCW Scientific Advisory Board members and the OPCW Temporary Working Group on Education and Outreach in Science and Technology.

The project was funded through the IUPAC and the European Union under a Council Decision made in March 2012 to assist the OPCW. The new materials were first demonstrated at the 44th World Chemistry Congress in Istanbul in August 2013, and will be demonstrated again during the 15th Annual Meeting of CWC National Authorities in The Hague at the end of November.