Capacity Building
Women in Chemistry

Promoting the role of female chemistry professionals in the promotion of the peaceful uses of chemistry.

OPCW’s annual Women in Chemistry Symposium attracts talented women from government, industry and academia to illustrate the strength and depth of contributions women have made to the peaceful uses of chemistry.

Through a series of seminars, presentations and question and answer sessions, the Symposium highlights contributions made by women in the field of peaceful chemistry; raises awareness of education and capacity development opportunities for women in peaceful chemistry; and promotes international solidarity and cooperation.

Each Symposium is followed by an Analytical Chemistry Course to assist qualified analytical chemists from Member States, whose economies are developing or in transition, in acquiring further knowledge of and experience with the analysis of chemicals related to the Chemical Weapons Convention and to facilitate the adoption of good laboratory practices and quality standards.


The OPCW #CatalystForPeace campaign launched at the 2016 Women in Chemistry Symposium.
The video features leaders and practitioners from across the field of chemistry and includes officials from OPCW States Parties, the scientific community, chemical industry, academia and civil society.

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