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

Project No.:
Start Date:
01 April 2018
End Date:
Division Name:
Executive Committee
Division No.:


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.


Activities in 2019 that already have been planned or started that are linked to the Periodic Table and to IYPT include:
– The IUPAC100 Periodic Table Challenge
– Some of the series of IUPAC100 Stories
– Conferences on the history of the Periodic Table during 2019; Apart for the IUPAC100 meeting in Paris (July), a conference is being planned by a group in Spain, around the Periodic Table wall (tentatively end of April)
– Several other activities in North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia/New Zealand will be stimulated by the IYPT-MC.
– A special symposium in the Paris Congress/GA

These activities will give visibility to IYPT and to IUPAC100. Opening and closing ceremonies will also take place, currently scheduled for January 29, 2019 (Paris) and December 2019 (tba).

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

See release of 28 Dec 2017 for background and prospectus 

Update — 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 –

Page last updated 1 June 2018