Project Details International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT) in 2019: planning, coordination and implementation

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Start Date:
01 April 2018
End Date:
22 October 2020
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The purpose of this project is to plan, coordinate and implement the IUPAC contributions to the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements in 2019, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 2017 following approval by UNESCO in November 2017. IUPAC is the lead partner organization, the others being the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS), International Council for Science (ICSU) (renamed the International Science Council (ISC) from mid 2018), International Astronomical Union (IAU), and the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST). Other organisations may still be added, like the International Union of Crystallography.

The year 2019 is also IUPAC’s centenary and various activities are planned.


For the purpose of coordination, implementation and management of IYPT, the project team responsibilities will be:
– Coordinating relations with the other main partner organizations and UNESCO
– Setting up and maintaining a IYPT website both for IUPAC itself and as an umbrella for the other main partners, whose IYPT websites will be linked to the main IYPT website
– Creating and implementing a communications/social media strategy for IYPT
– Creating logos. The basic logo is already available in the pamphlet used for the UNESCO application, but this will need extensions and have proper links to iupac100, and to the co IYPT applicants, as well as possibilities for certain sponsors.
– Managing linking with specific IYPT activities
– Communicating with NAOs and other organizations inside the IUPAC umbrella, encouraging them to undertake their own activities
– Procuring funding, performed by the “Committee on Funding”
– Ensuring that there is a record of all IYPT activities (including video clips etc.) placed in the IUPAC archive.



On 20 December 2017, during its 74th Plenary Meeting, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly 72nd Session has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT 2019). See release of 28 Dec 2017 for background and prospectus 

On 9 February 2018, Professor Natalia Tarasova took part in an event hosted by UNESCO and the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and entitled the “Presentation of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements” focusing on the upcoming activities that will be organized in the context of the 2019 IYPT. The event at the UN Headquarters in New York consisted of an interactive discussion between representatives of the science community and the delegations based in New York. At the outset, Professor Natalia Tarasova, IUPAC Past President, a member of the Russian Academy of Science and Director of the Institute of Chemistry and Problems of Sustainable Development at D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, introduced the history of chemistry and the father of the periodic table, Dmitri Mendeleev. She outlined examples of scientists who have made key discoveries in chemistry and how knowledge gained from these discoveries contributes to tackling challenges critical for the survival of humankind. [Read UNESCO full release]


Update 1 June 2018 — The IYPT2019 website is live!

The site includes an up-to-date list of activities worldwide. news and events

IUPAC and IUPAC100 activities that are linked to the Periodic Table and to IYPT include:
– the IYCN/IUPAC100 Periodic Table of Younger Chemists
– the IUPAC100 Periodic Table Challenge
– some of the series of IUPAC100 Stories
– a special issue of Chemistry International, Jan-March 2019
– International Symposium on Women and the Periodic Table of Elements, in Murcia Spain, early Feb
– Conferences on the history of the Periodic Table during 2019, including a special symposium part of the IUPAC Congress in Paris (Symposium 6)
These activities – and many more listed on – will give visibility to IYPT and to IUPAC100. IYPT Opening took place in Paris on 29 Jan 2019, and the closing ceremony will take in Tokyo, Japan, 5 December 2019.

IUPAC NAOs are encouraged to organize and promote their own activities and events. These worldwide activities will be announced and disseminated on the IYPT website.

June 2019 update: With the IYPT2019 celebration being halfway in the year 2019, it is appropriate to report the status to the founding and sponsoring partners of IYPT2019. All co-applicant societies will receive a copy of this intermediate report.
1. How it started
2. How the initiative was handled and how UNESCO and UN dealt with the proposal
3. IUPAC was the (personal and financial) nucleus for MC formation
4. Fund raising
5. Publications and website
6. MC composition
7. Planning Opening Ceremony in Paris
8. Celebration Opening January 29
9. Other major international events and the events sponsored by the supporting unions.
10. Planning of Closing Ceremony in Japan
11. Planning of the final report for UNESCO
12. Legacies left to the general public after IYPT2019
FULL TEXT PDF IYPT2019_midterm_report_20190614

October 2020 update – Global Report released
This overall report on the planning and celebrations of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019) has been assembled from information, photographs and data provided by a large number of teachers and scientists from all over the world, and by the IYPT2019 partners.

Access the Global Report


Project complete

Page last update 20 Oct 2020