UN proclaims 2019 asinternational year ofperiodic table
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UN proclaims 2019 the international year of periodic table

6:55 AM, 15th March 2018
Elements on periodic table. © Humdan/Shutterstock
Elements on periodic table. © Humdan/Shutterstock

NEW YORK, US: The United Nations (UN) general assembly has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the periodic table of chemical elements (IYPT 2019).

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the periodic table of chemical elements and its applications, the UN has recognized the importance of raising global awareness of how chemistry promotes sustainable development and provides solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health.

This International Year will bring together many different stakeholders including UNESCO, scientific societies and unions, educational and research institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners to promote and celebrate the significance of the periodic table of elements and its applications to society during 2019.

The development of the periodic table of the elements is one of the most significant achievements in science and a uniting scientific concept, with broad implications in astronomy, chemistry, physics, biology and other natural sciences.

The International Year of the periodic table of chemical elements in 2019 will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the periodic system by Dmitry Mendeleev in 1869.

It is a unique tool enabling scientists to predict the appearance and properties of matter on earth and in the universe. Many chemical elements are crucial to enhance the value and performance of products necessary for humankind, our planet, and industrial endeavours. The four most recent elements (115-118) were fully added into the periodic table, with the approval of their names and symbols.

The IYPT is endorsed by a number of international scientific unions and the International Council for Science (ICSU). The IYPT will be administered by an International Steering Committee in collaboration with the UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme and an International Secretariat, to start operating in early 2018.

In addition to IUPAC, IYPT is supported by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the European Chemical Sciences (EuCheMS), the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPAST).

“As the global organization that provides objective scientific expertise and develops the essential tools for the application and communication of chemical knowledge for the benefit of humankind, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry is pleased and honored to make this announcement concerning the International Year of the periodic table of chemical elements” said Professor Natalia Tarasova, IUPAC president.

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