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Children In Moscow Celebrate Jabir Ibn Hayyan

Moscow, 12 October 2019, “1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry” educational event launched today at the All-Russian Science Festival. The Festival is organised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Moscow Government and the Lomonosov Moscow State University.

The 2019 edition of the festival celebrates the United Nations proclaimed International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019), marking the 150th anniversary of its creation by the Russian scientist Dmitry Mendeleev.

“1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry” was launched at the official Opening Ceremony at Pioneers Palace at Sparrow Hills in Moscow where festival activities dedicated for children are organised. The Opening Ceremony included a presentation about 1001 Inventions as well as screening the short animated video narrated by Professor Jim Al-Khalili, renowned scientist, author and broadcaster:

Hundreds of children are flocking to the event with their families. They in exciting activities introducing the Periodic Table and the fascinating journey from alchemy to chemistry, across ages, by remarkable pioneers from different backgrounds and cultures, in particular, the remarkable work of the pioneering polymath Jabir ibn Hayyan, also known as Geber, in the 8th century.

Children start their journey by watching the short animation video “Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry”, and after engage with fun and educational on-stage experiments as well as hands-on workshops including making natural soap based on ancient recipes, understanding the properties of solids, liquids and gases, discovering the difference between acids and alkalis and many more activities explaining important principles of chemistry and its applications relevant to their daily lives.

Opening Times and Location

“1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry” is open to the public from 10:00am to 6:00pm on October 12 and October 13 at the Pioneers Palace at Sparrow Hills in Moscow (МОСКОВСКИЙ ДВОРЕЦ ПИОНЕРОВ НА ВОРОБЬЕВЫХ ГОРАХ)

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: www.1001inventions.com/chemistry

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 All-Russian Science Festival

The Festival aims to celebrate the achievements of science while contributing to public education. The Science Festival presents both global and national successes of science and allows visitors to learn first-hand what is happening at the forefront of research.

The successful format of the Festival allows visitors to hear lectures and vibrant discussions by prominent scientists and to take part in exciting competitions and interactive exhibits. The Festival has contributed to a breakthrough in the popularization of science in Russia. Never before has science been so interesting and attractive to so many people with nonscientific backgrounds.

Today participants in the Festival of Science include not only the country’s leading universities, research institutions, observatories, and science museums but also business incubators and art centers. The number of participants in the Science Festival in Russia increases annually, and the popularity of the Festival has reached the level of its foreign counterparts.

The first Russian Festival of Science was held at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2006. More than 20,000 people attended the three-day event. The 2017 All-Russian Festival of Science was held in 80 regions of Russia, included more than 5,800 scientifically oriented events, and was attended by over 2,400 000 people. This year the organisers of the Festival expect more than 900,000 visitors in Moscow.


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.



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 exhibitsshort 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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