Project Details Planning and coordination of global activities for the celebration of IUPAC100 in 2019

Project No.:
Start Date:
26 January 2017
End Date:
15 April 2020
Division Name:
Executive Committee
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In 2019, IUPAC will celebrate the centenary of its foundation. This task group will work with the IUPAC Executive and with other internal and external stakeholders to plan and coordinate activities and fundraising for these worldwide celebrations.



In July 1919, chemists from five countries (Belgium, France, Italy, UK, and USA) gathered in Paris, and their discussions led to the establishment of IUPAC. Since then, IUPAC has become accepted as the universal authority on chemical terminology, nomenclature and symbols, standardized methods for measurements, atomic weights and other critically evaluated data. Through its global reach, IUPAC convenes major scientific conferences, and supports members and volunteers to address global needs through the chemical sciences.

This task group (i.e. the IUPAC100 Management Committee) will work closely with the IUPAC Executive and Secretariat to coordinate arrangements for global events and activities, including funding, for the year-long celebrations in 2019. The MC will arrange for the IUPAC website to carry pages dedicated to communication of ideas, events and activities associated with IUPAC100, and for Chemistry International and other magazines to promote IUPAC100. The MC will oversee a competition to design a logo for use in 2019.

It is anticipated that during 2019, activities will take place at the local, state, regional, and national levels, and in diverse community or workplace venues. While local organizers should be encouraged to create appropriate activities of their own, this group also envisages interaction with major international events such as the IUPAC World Chemistry (Centennial) Congress and General Assembly, Paris, 5-12 July 2019, and the International Chemistry Olympiad competition (Paris July 2019). Other initiatives that could be developed include a global chemistry activity (cf. the global water experiment in IYC2011), an e-breakfast celebration of women chemistry networks utilizing social media networks (cf 2011 breakfast ‘Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time’), the preparation of an IUPAC100 movie or documentary, and a summer school for young chemists on Green Chemistry and Sustainability.

The group will seek to ensure representative stakeholders, notably those external to IUPAC, are involved in events and activities, for example by enabling interactions with government leaders and with the chemical industry to provide them with information on the importance of a strong chemical community. Connections with educational groupings (schoolchildren, teachers, universities) and mentor (international young chemist network) groupings will also be an important component of the IUPAC100 celebrations.



A centenary planning steering group chaired by Natalia Tarasova met in Busan, Korea (August 2015) and delivered a white paper to the Montreal Bureau meeting in April 2016. The whitepaper was published in Chem. Int. (Sep 2016, p. 18) and triggered the PREPARATIONS KICKOFF, released on 28 July 2016, the actual birthday of the Union.

Contact Points with IUPAC divisions and committees:
Division I, physical and biophysical chemistry – Angela Wilson
Division II, inorganic chemistry – Lars Öhrström
Division III, organic and biomolecular chemistry – Mary Garson and Pietro Tundo
Division IV, polymer – Greg Russell
Division V, analytical chemistry – Zoltan Mester
Division VI, chemistry and the environment – Laura McConnell
Division VII, chemistry and human health – Rita Cornelis
Division VIII, chemical nomenclature and structure representation – Robin Macaluso
CCE – Jan Apotheker, chemistry education
COCI – Bernard West, chemistry and industry
CHEMRAWN, research applied to world needs – Gary VanLoon
CPCDS, publications and cheminformatics data standards – Bonnie Lawlor

April 2020 update – Project completed

• IUPAC celebrated the centenary of its official foundation on 28 July 2019;
• A special logo and website for IUPAC100 was developed to facilitate engagement on four key projects: the Periodic Table Challenge, the Periodic Table of Younger Chemists, the Global Women’s Breakfast, and IUPAC Stories (
• A year-long series of events led by members of the global chemistry community marked the centenary, and the designation of 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table by UNESCO on behalf of the UN;
• Many IUPAC conferences and symposia celebrated 2019, for example the Summer School in Green Chemistry which aimed to mentor young African researchers and chemists and so to create new expertise in green chemistry that could enhance future research, teaching and industrial production in Africa;
• The Periodic Table Challenge energized the global outreach of IUPAC well beyond its National Adhering Organizations. It is planned to keep the competition as a permanent feature on the IUPAC website;
• The enthusiasm and interest generated by the highly successful Womens Global Breakfast networking event held in February 2019 has further potential to deliver ongoing support for IUPAC, as we review our important role as an umbrella organisation prioritizing diversity and inclusiveness;
• The project Creation of IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast Series and a Global Network in Support of Eliminating the Gender Gap in the Chemical Sciences (#2020-010-2-020) has recently been approved by IUPAC;
• The Periodic Table of Younger Chemists (PTYC), a joint initiative with the International Young Chemists Network, honoured a select group of 118 younger chemists, each one representing an element in the periodic table. There was a general desire among the winners to continue informal networking. There is a proposal for a monthly webinar series in which two PTYC winners will describe their research or interest in chemistry.
• The on-line presence of IUPAC was enhanced by the IUPAC100 and IYPT activities. Engagement on Twitter was a primary platform for IUPAC100 (@iupac), increasing followers from around 4000 at the beginning of 2019 to approximately 10,000 by the end of the year.

See full report (PDF) prepared in March 2020.

Various reports have been published in Chemistry International: one about the WGB in Jan 2020 (, one on the PTC in April 2020 (, and one on the PTYC in July 2020 (doi).

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