The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of IUPAC and also the 150th anniversary of the development of the Periodic Law of the Elements. To celebrate these anniversaries, IUPAC is hosting an online, global challenge about the Periodic Table of the Elements. With thousands of players from 120 countries have already participated in this activity, this online challenge is aimed at a global audience of young students, encouraging them to become part of a global community that is excited about chemistry.

When contestants successfully complete the Periodic Table Challenge with at least 60 % grade, they can advance to the Nobelium Contest for a chance to win a limited edition Periodic Table autographed by a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry! In the Nobelium Contest, participants are invited to share their passion and creativity about chemistry by highlighting the role of the Periodic Table in a creative manner. The entries can be focused on science, art, or education and outreach.

All entries are shared online and up for vote for People’s Choice and also judged by the IUPAC panel of experts based on three broad categories: creativity, commitment, and impact. Winners of the Nobelium contest will be announced throughout the year in four stages (spring, summer, fall, and winter).

The spring winners were announced on 1 April 2019. The summer winners are now announced in sync with the actual 100th anniversary of IUPAC, 28 July 2019. AND the Summer winners of the Nobelium Contest ARE:

– Daniela Gasca, a high school student from Mexico, for Chemistry on the streets, a painting portraying that chemistry can really be something fun and that we find it in our daily lives

– Aryan S. Patil, a high school student from India, for Cartoonic Elements

– Benjamin Rigaud and the collective of 118 artists-scientists at the Sorbonne (France), for their exhibition project “Architects of Nature: Mendeleev and Baudelaire

– Alan Neal, a host of CBC Radio (Canada), for his radio series called “The element of surprise

– Sekou Kamissoko, a science teacher from Guinea, for his version of The History of Periodic Table in 10 Numbers

– Samuele Gali and art high school Liceo Artistico “Alciati” (Italy) for the Artistic Periodic Table of Elements

– Swaprabha Chattopadhyay, a high school student from India, for his creative portrait of ‘Father of the Periodic Table’ Mendeleev with geometrical figures and lines, titled Adorned with Elements

– Sebastian Stratan, a high school student from Moldova, for his artistic project The Building Blocks of Life

– Sam Kidd, a middle school student from the USA, for his video project called The Periodic Table – Every Year

– Binil Eldhose from India, for his project titled The Magic of Chemistry

In addition to the Nobelium Winners, three entries were selected for the People’s Choice Awards:

– Matricala Maxim and Guzun Rusanda, high school students from Moldova, for their project titled The Periodic Table Cake

– Birla Industrial & Technological Museum (India) for their project titled Periodic Picnic

– Maggie Rotherham and her team from Lady Eleanor Holles School (United Kingdom), for their project titled Save our planet: Periodic Table edition