Peter Mahaffy and Stephen Matlin are co-chairs of a Task Group for a IUPAC project on systems
thinking into chemistry education, which is co-funded by IOCD.
This project brings together a distinguished task force of global chemistry and chemistry education
leaders to articulate learning objectives for infusing systems thinking and sustainability
considerations into the formal teaching of chemistry, with a primary focus on the gate-keeper
general chemistry course at the post-secondary level. The project group will also suggest strategies
to guide the use of these learning objectives in the design of curriculum and selection of engaging
pedagogies. Broad consultation with global chemistry educators is being carried out to explore the
most effective ways to move toward fuller infusion of systems thinking. The project group proposes
to profile findings at the 2019 World
Chemistry Congress in Paris
during the IUPAC Centenary, in keeping with the strong emphasis at
the IUPAC Centenary on highlighting ways for chemistry to contribute to solutions to present and
future global challenges.