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The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, used as a common (if not love) language throughout not only chemistry, but also in physics and biology. The table was formulated in 1869 by Dmitri Mendeleev, making 2019 its 150th anniversary. To celebrate, the United Nations (UN) proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and its applications.
The UN’s goal for IYPT 2019 is to raise global awareness of how chemistry promotes sustainable development and provides solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture, and health. The year has already brought in different stakeholders, including UNESCO and UN Women, with the recognition of International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11th.
While girls are attending school more than ever before, they are still significantly under-represented in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in many settings. Only 30 percent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education, according to UNESCO data. International Day of Women and Girls in Science is designed to bring attention to these issues and help bridge the gap for women equality in STEM fields.
“After working within the sciences for over a decade, I am excited to see so many initiatives dedicated to not only the global promotion of chemistry and how it will aid the future, but also the push to bring more women into the scientific community,” said Sr. Manager for Global Business Unit Marketing at Phenomenex, Erica Safan.
However, the Periodic Table isn’t the only scientific anniversary receiving the love this year. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is also celebrating a significant milestone—their centennial anniversary. Created to develop a nomenclature to facilitate communication within the chemistry community, as well as develop standards for the calibration and normalization of chemical substances. The IUPAC Centenary offers an opportunity not only to commemorate the organization, but to re-imagine ways to better promote the evolving field of chemistry.
Phenomenex is excited to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements along with the rest of the world. They will be offering new resources, innovative products, and celebratory discounts throughout the year to aid chemists and their goals for a better future.