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Opening Ceremony


The registration for the Opening Ceremony is open. The Opening Ceremony will take place at UNESCO in Paris on the 29th of January 2019. 

If you want to attend, registration is compulsory. This also applies for speakers and chairs or moderators. The maximum number of attendees is 1.000 people. Registration closes at the 25th of January 2019.

Register now

Preliminary programme

08:30-09:45Registration
Exhibition area open
10:00-10:10Video celebrating IYPT2019
10:10-11:05Welcome and addresses by UNESCO and VIPs
Dr. Andrey Guryev - CEO PhosAgro
11:05-11:15Musical intermezzo
Mira Yevtich - Brahms Rhapsody Opus 79 number 2
11:15-11:20Introduction of Program
Prof. Natalia Tarasova - IYPT MC co-chair, Past-President of IUPAC
11:20-11:40Moderator: Mr. Philip Ball
Round Table: Elements for Life
Ms. Emelia Arthur - FAO/UCN/IIED STEM
Mr. Marco Mensink - CEO ICCA
Prof. Alinka Lepine-Szily - Sao Paolo
11:40- 12:05Introduction: Prof. Jan Reedijk, IYPT MC co-chair
Nobel Laureate lecture
Prof. Ben Feringa - Periodic Table for Society and the Future
12:05-12:15Inauguration of the Global Educational Initiative “1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry”
Ahmed Salim - Co-Founder and Director, 1001 Inventions organisation
12:15- 12:35Introduction: Prof. Bruce McKellar - Past President IUPAP
Periodic Table: Hand-Made Elements
Prof. Youri Oganessian - Newcomers in the Periodic Table
12:35- 14:00Lunch break
Periodic Table exhibition visit
14:00-14:20Introduction: Prof. Pilar Goya - President EuChemS
Periodic Table and Education Outreach
Prof. Martyn Poliakoff - Mendeleev's gift to education
14:20- 15:00Moderator: Dr. Michel Spiro - President Designate of the IUPAP
Young Outstanding Scientist of the World
Ms. Nozipho Gumbi - Africa
Mr. Xuefeng Jiang - Asia
Ms. Thahira Begum - Asia-Pacific
Ms. Kita Chaves Damasio Macario - Latin America
Mr. Patrick Steinegger - Europe-North America
Ms. Nourtan Abdeltawab - Arab States
15:00- 16:10

Moderator: Prof. Romain Murenzi - Executive Director TWAS
Round Table: On the Origion of Elements
Prof. Ewine van Dishoeck - Origin of the elements in outer space 
Dr. Maria Lugaro - The periodic table and meteorites 
Prof. Alexander Lutovinov - Stars from cradle to grave

16:10- 16:40Coffee/tea break
16:40-17:30Moderator: Prof. Nicole Moreau - UNESCO
Round Table: Periodic Table and Interdisciplinary Concepts for Development
Prof. Qi-Feng Zhou - President of IUPAC
Prof. Kennedy Reed - President of IUPAP
Prof. Aslan Tsivadze - President of the Mendeleev Russian Chemical Society
Dr. Bonnie Charpentier - President of the American Chemical Society
Dr. Robert Parker - CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry
17:30- 18:30Moderator: Ms. Peggy Oti-Boateng (UNESCO)
Round Table: Periodic Table and Sustainable Development Goals Session 
Prof. Daya Reddy - ICS
Prof. Wole Soboyejo - Prof. Princeton University
Dr. Brigitte van Tiggelen - ISHPT
Dr. Mark Cesa - Past President IUPAC
Prof. Pietro Tundo - Prof. Ca’ Foscari University
18:30-18:40Musical intermezzo 
Mira Yevtich - Chopin Nocture Opus 15 number 2 + Scriabin Poem Opus 32 number 2
18:40- 18:50Closing
Announcement about IYPT2019 Closing Ceremony
Dr. Kohei Tamao - Chair of the IYPT Closing Ceremony Committee in Japan

Closing remarks by MC IYPT2019
Prof. Jan Reedijk & Prof. Natalia Tarasova - Co-chairs of IYPT MC