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The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology. It is a unique tool, enabling scientist to predict the appearance and properties of matter on the Earth and in the rest of the Universe.
1869 is considered to be the year of the Periodic System discovery by Dmitri Mendeleev. 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and has therefore been proclaimed the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)" by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.
The initiative to hold the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements was made by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Mendeleev Chemical Society, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Russian and foreign scientists.
This initiative for IYPT2019 was supported by IUPAC in partnership with the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), European Association for Chemical and Molecular Science (EuCheMS), the International Council for Science (ICSU), International Astronomical Union (IAU), and the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPS). It was submitted by numerous organizations from over 50 countries around the world.
On December 29, 2018, the Russian Government Chairman, Dmitry Medvedev, signed a decree “The International Year of the Periodic Table” and headed the Organizing Committee. The Organizing Committee consists of the heads of federal executive bodies, departments and leading scientific organizations.
The opening ceremony was held on January 29, 2019 in France, in Paris, at UNESCO headquarters. In Russia, the opening ceremony of the International Year was held on February 6, 2019 in Moscow, in the Russian Academy of Sciences Presidium, and was timed both to the Russian Science Day and the D.I. Mendeleev’s Birthday.
All around the globe celebrations will take place in 2019. Popular science and educational events dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the outstanding Mendeleev’s discovery will focus on attracting of schoolchildren, students and young people attention to science and its achievements.
Discover everything about IYPT2019 via this website. Join the celebrations!