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Idea by Javier Garcia-Martinez   |   added on Nov 30, 2009 06:56PM Collaboration Collaboration
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In 2007, Spain celebrated its Year of Science honoring Mendeleev in many different ways and choosing the Periodic Table, Mendeleev ‘s iconic legacy. This was an excellent opportunity to raise public awareness and promote science and technology.

The Mendeleev’s Year began formally on 2 February 2007 with the launch of a very special stamp entitled Tabla Periódica de Elementos de Mendeléiev (Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of Elements).
A few months later, the University of Jaén decided to decorate the wall of its Experimental Science Department with a large version of the Periodic Table of this stamp. The large version of the periodic table (3.80 × 2.70 m) is made of beautiful ceramic tiles, and replicates the table featured on the stamp.

A Design Competition to Spark the Imagination

The Periodic Table is not only the fixed organization of elements hanging on the chemistry classroom, but a living creature that grows and changes over time. There are literally hundreds of versions of the Periodic Table, each one emphasizing a different aspect of the Periodic Law. So, why not give everyone the opportunity to have his or her own version? With this objective, the First Periodic Table Design Competition was launched in June 2007 to promote science and art, especially among the young. Once again, young people showed they are full of creativity and excitement about chemistry when given the opportunity.

Also, in July 2007, the 1st Summer School on the History of Chemistry Dedicated to Mendeleev was held at the University of La Rioja. In October, the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ, Real Sociedad Española de Química) launched a competition for high school and college students for the best comic about Mendeleev’s life. Twenty-four comics were received from Spain, Mexico, and Argentina from students with ages ranging from 14 to 25 years old.

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Topic: drawing competition, periodic table, mendeleev, comics, stamp Audience: general public, school children


Nicole J. Moreau
Dec 13, 2009 04:00PM

The Internatioanl Year of Planete Earth was celebrated during 3 years 2007-9.

In the "Jardin des Plantes" in Paris, was a huge map of France on the ground. Everybody was looking at it and children could walk on the place where they were born or lived.
Why not install in some places in each country a giant periodic table? Or giant simple molecules such as water or alcool, or of salts such as NaCl or more complicated ones?


Javier Garcia-Martinez
Dec 22, 2009 11:29PM


I think that is a great idea ! As you may know, a gigant periodic table was install at the University of Jaen in Spain in 2007 during our National Year of Science

We will find new opportunities around this idea for 2011

Thanks for your suggestion !

Albert Ahatov
Apr 16, 2010 08:22AM

we also celebrated the Mendeleev year this year

farmand farzin
May 01, 2010 10:14AM

we also celebrated the mandeleev year in to shahid rajaee university in iran

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