IUPAC - Global Breakfast of Women in Chemistry


Western Cape



IUPAC Centenary Celebration and IYPT2019

Dear Esteemed Colleagues and Societies,

As we begin our Centenary Celebration and IYPT2019, I wanted to wish all of you a very Happy New Year and to let you know that many activities are well underway and hope that you and your organizations will encourage your members, students and societies to get involved.

The deadline for nominations for the IUPAC-Solvay International Younger Chemists awards is 1 February 2019. Information and Nominations may be found here: https://iupac.org/2019-iupac-solvay-international-award-for-young-chemists/

Exciting activities are underway in celebration of the 100th anniversary of IUPAC or IUPAC100 and we invite you to participate:

The Periodic Table Challenge, a fun on-line quiz for all age participants with Periodic Table trivia, is now on-line. Get in your Element and play the challenge! People from more than 83 countries have already participated after our first week. Players who meet the challenge can enter the Nobelium Contest to win a limited edition Periodic Table signed by a Nobel Laureate. https://iupac.org/100/pt-challenge/ Some of IUPAC’s NAOs are using this on-line quiz for their National Celebrations of IUPAC100.

We have launched the Periodic Table Challenge (1 week ago today) and so far…..
-          People have played as all 118 elements
-          from 83 countries (including 42 US states)
-          with 10,000 tests taken
-          1,400 certificates issued
-          200 perfect tests
-          and 5 nobelium entries

The Global Women’s Breakfast, is scheduled for February 12th. The theme is “Empowering Women in Chemistry: A Global Networking Event”. More than 60 events around the world have been registered so far. Organizations of all types and individuals are welcome to participate. Registration is easy using the on-line form. https://iupac.org/100/global-breakfast/

We are also continuing to seek nominations for the Periodic Table of Younger Chemists. This award will honor a diverse group of 118 outstanding younger chemists from around the world who in embody the mission and core values of IUPAC. The resulting periodic table will highlight the diversity of careers, creativity, and dedication of the young chemists leading us into the next century. We have already awarded 48 elements representing 32 countries. The remaining elements will be awarded each month through July when the final four winners will be awarded at the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Paris. https://iupac.org/100/pt-of-chemist/

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information or assistance. We look forward to a busy and exciting year and glad that you will be a part of it.


Dr. Lynn M. Soby
Executive Director, IUPAC
Phone: 919-485-8700
Email: lsoby@iupac.org

IIUPAC100 and IYPT2019

Dear National Adhering Organizations and IUPAC Bureau,

We have recently launched our new website for the IUPAC Centenary activities. www.IUPAC.ORG/100

Please take a few moments to see where you and your organization could  participate. We are currently accepting nominations for “The Periodic Table of Younger Chemists”. A letter outlining key dates and activities is attached.

Additionally, we are beginning to seek sponsors for both IUPAC100 and IYPT2019. Below link is the Marketing Brochure outlining sponsorship opportunities, categories and activities. Please contact me if yoou

As you may imagine, all our IUPAC volunteers are very excited to celebrate our 100 th Anniversary and the International Year of the Periodic Table. We encourage everyone to get involved and participate.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or interest in any of the varied programs. The specific contacts leading the activities may be found on the website.

Warmest Regards and have a wonderful weekend everyone,


Dr. Lynn M. Soby

Executive Director, IUPAC

Phone: 919-485-8700

IUPAC100 and IYPT Marketing Brochure

IUPAC 2019 Summer School on Green Chemistry 12th–19th May 2019 in Dar es Salaam

IUPAC Fellows, South Africa

STEYN, Prof. Pieter, University of Stellenbosch, Chemistry Department, Private Bag X1,
Matieland, South Africa 2602
TEL: +27 21 886 4040 FAX: +27 21 808 4537
E-MAIL: psst@sun.ac.za

BOOTH, Dr. Michael, Chemical & Allied Industries Association, P.O. Box 91415,
Auckland Park, South Africa 2006
TEL: +27 11 482 1671 FAX: +27 11 726 8310
E-MAIL: caiainfo@iafrica.com
TGM2008-038-1-022 - TGM2009-001-2-022

BREET, Prof. Ernst, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Potchefstroom University,
Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom, South Africa 2520
TEL: +27 18 299 2343 FAX: +27 18 299 2350
E-MAIL: cheeljb@puknet.puk.ac.za

BUNN, Dr. Vanessa, Anatech Instruments, Ltd., Meadowbrook Office Park, Jacaranda
Ave., P.O. Box 98485, Olivedale, Johannesburg, South Africa 2021
TEL: +27 11-462-6776 FAX: +27 11-704-6490
E-MAIL: vanessabunn@mweb.co.za

COVILLE, Prof. Neil, Department of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand,
Private Bag 3, Wits, Johannesburg, South Africa 2050
TEL: +27 11 717 6738
E-MAIL: niel.coville@wits.ac.za

DE WAAL, Prof. Danita, Departement Chemie, Universiteit van Pretoria, Pretoria, South
Africa 0002
TEL: +27 (12) 420 3099 FAX: +27 (12) 432 863
E-MAIL: ddewaal@scientia.up.ac.za

DOUCET, Dr. Frédéric, Applied Mineralogy / Industrial Chemistry, Council for
Geoscience, 280 Pretoria Road, Private Bag X112, Pretoria, South Africa 0001
TEL: +27 (0) 12 841 1300 FAX: +27 (0) 86 611 8838
E-MAIL: fdoucet@geoscience.org.za

GROOT, Dr. Dick, 247 Odendaal Street, Meyerspark, Pretoria, South Africa 0184
TEL: +27 12 420 4554 FAX: +27 12 362 5304
E-MAIL: dgroot@worldonline.co.za

KLEIN, Dr. Charmaine, Environmental Education and Resources Unit, University of
Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Belleville, South Africa 7535
E-MAIL: eeru@uwc.ac.za

MARTINCIGH, Prof. Bice, School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Private Bag X54001,
Durban, South Africa 4000
TEL: +27 31 260 1394 FAX: +27 31 260 3091
E-MAIL: martinci@ukzn.ac.za

MONYOOE, Dr. Lebusa, National Research Foundation, P.O. Box 2600, Pretoria, South
Africa 0001
TEL: +27 12 481 4230 FAX: +27 12 481 4066
E-MAIL: lebusa@nrf.ac.za

NHLAPO, Dr. Chris, Research, Technology Innovation & Partnerships, Cape Peninsula
University of Technology, P.O. Box 1906, Bellville, South Africa 7535
E-MAIL: nhlapoc@cput.ac.za

O'CONNOR, Prof. Cyril, Dean's Office, University of Cape Town, University Private
Bag, Rondebosch, South Africa 7701
TEL: +27 (21) 650 2701 FAX: +27 (21) 650 3782
E-MAIL: dean@eng.uct.ac.za

OGUDE, Prof. Nthabiseng, University of Pretoria, cnr University and Lynwood Rds,
Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa 0003
TEL: +27 124-204-187 FAX: +27 124-203-969
E-MAIL: nthabiseng.ogude@up.ac.za

PIENAAR, Prof. Jacobus, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, North-West
University, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom, South Africa 2520
TEL: +27 18 299 2340 FAX: +27 18 299 2350
E-MAIL: chejjp@puknet.puk.ac.za

RAAL, Prof. J., School of Chemical Engineering, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard
College Campus, Durban, South Africa 4041
TEL: +27 31 260 3124 FAX: +27 31 260 1118
E-MAIL: raal@ukzn.ac.za

SHEPHARD, Dr. G., PROMEC, South African Medical Research Council, P.O. Box
19070, Tygerberg, South Africa 7505
TEL: +27 21 938 0279 FAX: +27 21 938 0260
E-MAIL: gshephar@eagle.mrc.ac.za

STEFAN, Dr. Raluca, Department of Chemistry, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South
Africa 0002
TEL: +27 12 420 2510 FAX: +27 12 362 5297
E-MAIL: raluca.stefan@chem.up.ac.za

SYDENHAM, Dr. Eric, Programme on Mycotoxins and Experimental, Carcinogenesis
(PROMEC), Medical Research Council, P.O. Box 19070, Tygerberg, South Africa 7505
TEL: +27 21 938 0272 FAX: +27 21 938 0260
E-MAIL: esydenha@eagle.mrc.ac.za

THIEL, Dr. Pieter, Programme on Mycotoxins & Experimental Carcinogenesis, Medical
Research Council of South Africa, P.O. Box 19070, Tygerberg, South Africa 7505
TEL: +27 (21) 938 0911 FAX: +27 (21) 938 0260
E-MAIL: pthiel@eagle.mrc.ac.za

VAN STADEN, Prof. Jacobus,
E-MAIL: koosvanstaden@yahoo.com

VAN STEEN, Prof. Eric, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape
Town, Catalysis Research Group, Private Bag, Rondebosch, South Africa 7701
TEL: +27 21 650 3796 FAX: +27 21 689 7579
E-MAIL: evs@chemeng.uct.ac.za

WATSON, Prof. Terence, Biotechnology Programme, Foodtek, CSIR, P.O. Box 395,
Pretoria, South Africa 0001
TEL: +27 12 841 2887 FAX: +27 12 841 3651
E-MAIL: twatson@csir.co.za

FORD, Prof. Thomas Anthony, School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Private Bag X54001, Durban, South Africa 4001
TEL: +27 31 260 1096      FAX: +27 31 260 3091
E-MAIL: ford@ukzn.ac.za

IUPAC offers an open door to Chemists of the World





New Interactive Electronic Version of the IUPAC Periodic Table of the Elements & Isotopes


How do we know what the temperature of our planet was a million years ago, to better understand climate change? Where did Őtzi the Iceman live as a child and an adult? What evidence gives doping agencies the gold standard to determine whether testosterone in an athlete’s sample comes from doping? How do we obtain 3D images of tumors in soft tissues?

The answers to all of these questions and many more can be revealed through a deeper understanding of isotopes of the elements. Isotopes matter!

These new resources are created for educators and students at secondary and post-secondary levels, and to inform the public about the many uses of isotopes in our lives. They are based on educational practices that encourage engaged and active learning by students.

The new IUPAC interactive electronic periodic table and accompanying educational materials were created by a partnership between an IUPAC Project team of scientists and educators, and researchers at the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science, and build on the work of a previous IUPAC project team to create a print version of the Periodic Table of the Isotopes.

“This project responds to requests by educators and students for resources highlighting the importance of isotopes in our lives, and that give students help in using interval atomic weights for elements. www.ISOTOPESMATTER.com brings free engaging and interactive learning resources to the fingertips of students and educators around the world,” says Task Group Co-Chair Peter Mahaffy, Professor of Chemistry at the King’s University in Canada, and co-director of the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science.

And Norman Holden, retired Research Coordinator of the High Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR) and the Brookhaven Medical Research Reactor (BMMR) and a Guest Scientist at the National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC) of Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, adds: “It’s great when scientists and educators work together to create a vehicle to provide students with an understanding of fundamental scientific facts and accomplish this internationally.“

Following the global launch on August 17, 2016, the new IUPAC interactive electronic periodic table and accompanying resources can be accessed at www.isotopesmatter.com. A print version of the periodic table of the isotopes and elements is available at http://ciaaw.org/periodic-table-isotopes.htm. Further details will be published in the peer-reviewed IUPAC Journal, Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Dr. Peter Mahaffy, IUPAC Project Task Force Co-Chair
Co-Director, The King’s Centre for Visualization in Science
The King’s University, Canada

Dr. Norman Holden, IUPAC Project Task Force Co-Chair
Brookhaven National Laboratories, USA

Dr. Fabienne Meyers
Associate Director, IUPAC