Introduction of the 54th IChO Logo—highlights of the first meeting with the Steering Committee in Hangzhou


Hosted by Japan, the 53rd IChO remained as an online competition. The national delegation of China went to Zhejiang University to participate in the event and the Organising Committee of the 54th IChO sent a team of staff from Nankai College of Chemistry to Hangzhou to assist. On the evening of July 28th, the 54th IChO Organizing Committee had its first online meeting with the IChO Steering Committee and the secretary Dr. LI Jingdi gave a presentation to all the SC members.

LI first reported the progress of preparations for the upcoming event which will take place in Tianjin China. She introduced the proposed venues, schedule of the event, updated the information regarding the financial plan and, specifically, introduced the logo for the 54th IChO.

The design and the ideas behind this logo were explained in detail noting the 54th IChO Logo is an echo of the 27th IChO logo, when China hosted IChO for the first time in 1995 in Bejing. With the IChO returning to China 27 years later, , LI described to the SC the feelings of the hosts. ‘Everybody is excited, we think it is a good way to remind people around, we have such a deep connection with the IChO, not only as the host for 2022, but as supporters too. After discussing with the team, our colleague JI Jingcheng suggested that similarly to the 1995 logo, we should consider using the furnace symbol again, as a continuation of tradition’. 

The logo is a fusion of both traditional Chinese philosophical thought as well as adapting the Olympiad elements. It is presented from the idea of Chinese seals(zhongguo yin, simplified:中国印)in Yin and Yang engraving styles in general, with a historical Daoist furnace(liandan lu, simplified: 道家炼丹炉、熔炉) as the main body. That furnace, represents the origin of ancient Chinese Chemistry which can be traced back in the first dynasty of the Imperial China of Qin (221 BC). At that time, ancient Chinese daoists used the furnace to mix and melt materials and discovered gunpowder. (Kelly: Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards, and Pyrotechnics: the History of the Explosive that Changed the World, 2005).

Auspicious cloud, a classic common pattern widely applied in ancient architecture in China, which symbolizes heaven and good fortune is embodied in the colours of the Olympic symbols/rings here in the 54th IChO logo, too. Finally, the ‘lotus purple colour’ (qinglian zi, simfplified: 青莲紫) of the picture, signifies the host of the 54th IChO, Nankai University.