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1001 Inventions celebrate IYPT2019 with the Montenegrin Bureau of Metrology

Montenegro, 2 October 2019, as part of the Open Science Days organised in Montenegro, the Bureau of Metrology is screening the “1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry” short animation video. The video narrated by Professor Jim Al-Khalili, the renowned scientist, author and broadcaster takes young audiences on a journey through an exciting world of science from over one thousand years ago. It brings to life the contributions to the foundations of modern chemistry by lesser-known pioneers from ancient cultures and civilisations including the remarkable work of the 8th century pioneering polymath Jabir ibn Hayyan, also known as Geber.

As part of the celebrations of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019), the animation video is screened coupled with hands-on activities and science demonstrations, organised by the Bureau of Metrology in Montenegro to spark children’s interest in chemistry and physics, particularly those related to measurements.

1001 Inventions launched “Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry” in January 2019 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris as part of the opening ceremony of IYPT2019. It was also the anchor event of the China Science Festival in Beijing. The educational programme aims to engage young people around the world to inspire a future generation of chemists and scientists while promoting diversity and cross-cultural understanding. Learn more on:

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About Jabir ibn Hayyan (722 to ca 815)

Jabir ibn Hayyan spent most of his life in Kufa, Iraq, where he devised and perfected sublimation, liquefaction, crystallization, distillation, purification, amalgamation, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He developed precise measuring equipment, and discovered sulfuric, nitric, and nitromuriatic acids, all now vitally important in the chemical industry. His research and publications, including the Great Book of Chemical Properties, The Weights and Measures, The Chemical Combination, and The Dyes, opened the way for modern chemistry and guided scientists during the following centuries.

Source: “1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization”
(Reference 4th Edition, Published by FSTC Limited UK, 2017), [Chapter 3, Section 8: Chemistry].

About the 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)

On 20 December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly during its 74th Plenary Meeting proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. Based on the 202 EX/Decision 43, the IYPT2019 was adopted by the UNESCO General Conference at its 39th Session (39 C/decision 60) to highlight the contributions of chemistry and other basic sciences to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The IYPT2019 is an IUPAC initiative and administered by a Management Committee consisting of representatives of the initiating organizations, UNESCO and a number of other supporting international organizations.

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About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organisation that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 400 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.

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