2019 has been designated by UNESCO as the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT), marking the 150th anniversary of the Mendeleev periodic table, which is an iconic image and a vital tool to all who learn and work in science, at all stages of their learning and careers.
IYPT allows us to celebrate our profession, our members and our communities. We want to work with our communities to engage people with both the periodic table and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
We’ve planned lots of exciting and diverse activities throughout 2019, including public lectures, teacher resources, public outreach, grants to our member networks and communities to fund IYPT specific activities for their respective communities, themed journals and books
IYPT is an opportunity for us to develop new resources and raise awareness, to inspire people of all ages, experience and backgrounds.
The Periodic Table of Elements is a great teaching tool and probably the most recognisable thing in chemistry.
The Burlington House lecture 2019: Unwrapping the secrets of our past - a molecular journey through history
11 December 2019 , 18:00-21:30, London, UK.
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Interactive periodic table
The Royal Society of Chemistry's interactive periodic table features history, alchemy, podcasts, videos, and data trends across the periodic table.
We have lots of exciting and diverse activities planned throughout 2019, including public lectures, teacher resources and public outreach.
Elements in Danger
Did you know that your mobile phone contains at least 30 different naturally-occurring elements? Natural sources of six of these are set to run out within the next 100 years, with several more under rising threat from increased use.Find out how you can help
To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table we are calling all schools to face our #IYPTChallenge
The goal is to make a mini video with students saying as many elements from the periodic table in two minutes or less. Be as creative as you can!
The winning schools will be chosen by our IYPT Advisory Group and be rewarded with a full print out of our hugely popular Compound Interest infographics.
Video your efforts and send them to us on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin with #IYPTChallenge before 10 January 2020. Good luck!
To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table you are invited to take part in our #IYPTCompetition
Until 19 December we'll be sharing some of the best moments from IYPT, and want you to vote for your favourite. For a chance to win our IYPT themed gift box, simply share, like and comment on your top IYPT memories as we share them on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Winners will be selected at random. For more information:
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Education & Resources
Celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements with Education In Chemistry.
With articles, teaching resources and classroom demonstration videos there is something for every lesson.Education & Resources
We also have some fun, free activities and information to download for those who aren't specialist educators:
- Guess The Element - 1.3MB PDF file
- 'Play Your Elements Right' - 600kb PDF file
- EuChemS Scarcity of Elements Periodic Table - 1mb Jpeg file
- Boggle Word game - PDF file
Over the course of the IYPT, our publications will be publishing themed collections of articles relating to specific elements or areas of the periodic table. We are also sharing a list of articles on some of the rarer elements.
Special themed collections:
- s-block elements
- International Year of the Periodic Table: Elements for Next Generation Batteries
- Zinc in the Biosciences
- Iron in Biology
- Silicon Chemistry: Discoveries and Advances
- 2D nanomaterials: graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides
- Mercury Biogeochemistry, Exposure, and Impacts
- New molecules and materials from the f-block
- Fluorine Chemistry
- Richard A. Andersen: Trailblazer of d- and f-block chemistry
- Graphene-based architectures for energy storage
- Carbenes in Organic Synthesis
- Geoff Cloke: Inspiring advances in coordination & organometallic chemistry across the periodic table
- Inorganic Chemistry of the p-Block Elements
- International Year of the Periodic Table : Low Dimensional Carbon Systems
- Contemporary Research in Boron Chemistry
- The central role of the d-block metals in the periodic table
- International Year of the Periodic Table : From Pb and Sn Perovskites to the Next Generation
- International Year of the Periodic Table: Precious metals for cancer treatment
- International Year of the Periodic Table : Single Atoms as Active Catalysts
- International Year of the Periodic Table : Lanthanides for Precision Therapy and Beyond
Share your stories
We know that members of our community around the world are involved in a range of activities to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, and we want to hear about them. Your story could be an event you have organised or taken part in, an initiative you have started, or even your reflections on the year and what it means to you. We would love to see any photos of videos you may have to share.
Contact us via Twitter – by tagging #IYPT2019 and @RoySocChem, or via the online form. One of our team will then be in touch to discuss your story with you.
Stories will be published on the community news section of our website, and a selection will appear in the print editions of our quarterly members’ magazine Voice.
Our next event:
11 December 2019 , 18:00-21:30, London, UK.
Browse our full list of upcoming IYPT related activities.
Setting the Table: finding the order of the elements
10 December 2019 19:30, Cockermouth, United Kingdom
Bristol Farmers' Market Outreach Event
14 December 2019 08:30-15:00, Bristol, United Kingdom
IYPT 2019 Public Lecture: How to Create Life in a Beaker
14 December 2019 11:30 and 14:00, Wrexham, United Kingdom