International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements: A big year for science!

Wed, 2019-01-09 13:58 -- Reni Barlow


2019 has been declared the International Year of the Periodic Table of chemical elements (IYPT) by the United Nations.

Along with the 150th anniversary of the table’s creation by chemist and inventor Dmitri Mendeleev, the occasion will also be celebrating the discovery of phosphorus, the categorization of the original 33 elements, and the formulation of the law of triads. Over the years, the table has been used as an essential tool for scientists to better understand the world around us, and develop solutions for dilemmas in various industries like agriculture, education, energy and health.

Joining the milestone celebrations, Youth Science Canada will have special IYPT items available at this year’s Canada-Wide Science Fair happening May 11th to May 17th at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

Click here for an overview of the history and impact of the periodic table of chemical elements.