2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table, with events to mark the 150th anniversary of Mendeleev’s discovery of the periodic system and celebrate the importance of the chemical elements across science and in modern society.
The year of celebration was launched at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in late January, with the Academy represented at the event by immediate past president Professor Andrew Holmes and Professor Bruce McKellar.
The day’s celebrations included presentations by Nobel laureates, panel discussions and musical performances. A very successful dinner for dignitaries was also hosted by Professor Holmes and attended by the Australian Ambassador to France, His Excellency Mr Brendan Berne.
The Academy has several exciting chemistry-related events planned for this year, including the Chemistry of Wine in Adelaide on 10 April, After Dark at Queensland Museum at the World Science Festival in Brisbane on 22 March, and further events yet to be announced.
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