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Award for Service

The EuCheMS Award for Service acknowledges outstanding commitment with regard to fostering chemistry and molecular sciences in Europe and the goals of EuCheMS. In addition to recognized service to EuCheMS, this may include activities in governmental, non-governmental or funding organizations, publicity-related activities, etc. Nominations must demonstrate achievements for improved competitiveness, visibility, coherence or structure of chemistry in Europe.
All EuCheMS member organisations, Divisions/Working Parties and individuals are invited to submit nominations for the Award. Self-nominations are not accepted.
Decisions on making the Award are taken by the EuCheMS Executive Board, normally annually. It is normal practice that members of the Executive Board and Division Chairs are not considered for the Award until after their term of office has ceased.
Service as EuCheMS President or Treasurer or as Chair or other office holder of a EuCheMS Division is not itself sufficient to merit the Award.
The nomination must demonstrate service to EuCheMS and/or to European chemistry over and above the basic voluntary contribution that would normally be expected.
Unsuccessful nominations for the Award may be re-submitted once in the next three years from the first submission.

Recent winners of the Award for Service

The winners of the 2015 EuCheMS Award for Service are Professor Helena Grennberg and Professor Anthony Smith.

Helena Grennberg

Professor Helena Grennberg is a Professor of Organic Chemistry at Uppsala 160419 service award Helena GrennbergUniversity, Sweden. Her research interests include topics from organometallic chemistry, organic nanomaterials and catalysis. Helena Grennberg served the chemical community in Europe in many respects. Among the prominent positions she held are chairperson of the EuCheMS Division of Organometallic Chemistry, member of the EuCheMS Executive Board (2007-2013), Scientific Chair of the 5th European Chemistry Congress in Istanbul 2014, President of the Swedish Chemical Society (since 2012). She has a clear and forward-looking vision, a broad perspective and well-defined positions for many issues relevant to the chemical community in Europe. Her critical approach to solving problems, her reliability and the combination of team-player as well as leadership abilities contributed to a high degree to shaping the profile of EuCheMS. The award ceremony for Prof. Grennberg will take place during the 6th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress in Seville, Spain, 11 – 15 September 2016.

Anthony Smith

Professor Anthony Smith has a key role in establishing, organizing, and 160419 service award anthony smithco-ordinating the European Chemistry Thematic Network ECTN (later European Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Education Network, EC2E2N) from 1996 onwards. This included six successful proposals within the EU Socrates frame, each for a 3-year-funding from the European Commission in series. The network represents a large consortium with 109 partners from 28 EU countries, the Republic of Serbia and Macedonia), and third countries. The partners include universities, national chemical societies, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), EuCheMS, spin-off companies, and one of the seven institutes (IRMM) of the EC Joint Research Centre. Thus the consortium brings together all the actors in chemistry/chemical engineering in Europe, and, through the membership of the partner associations, has access to virtually all chemists in Europe.
The award was given to Prof. Smith by Prof. Franco De Angelis, on behalf of EuCheMS, on the 25 April 2016 at the ECTN General Assembly in Gdańsk.


Past winners of the Award for Service

2014 Luis Oro

luis_oroThe winner of the 2014 EuCheMS Award for Service is Prof. Luis Oro. Prof. Oro served EuCheMS for six years as President Elect, President and Past President. His presidency was based on the idea of creating a European identity among chemical societies and thus he pursued and fulfilled two major goals: the development and execution of the EuCheMS strategy 2009-2013 and establishment of EuCheMS as an independent organization in Brussels.
The award was given at the 5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress in Istanbul.

2012 Hans-Joachim Freundschubert_freund_01_lowres

Prof. Freund, one of the most renowned physical chemists in Germany, is one of the founding members of the Scientific Council (SC) of the European Research Council (ERC) and the only chemistry representative among the 22 members of the Scientific Council. Prof. Freund’s term began in 2005 and will end by end of this year.
Hans-Joachim Freund has been an outspoken supporter of chemistry in the Scientific Council. In addition, he is a strong and consequent proponent of the “excellence only” criterion for the selection of the ERC grant awardees and of fair but strict reviewing processes of the proposals. As a member of the SC he was involved in the selection of the members of the evaluation panels PE4 and PE5, particularly  relevant for chemistry.
Prof. Freund’s role in the Scientific Council was decisive for the success of the ERC, which is probably one of the most encouraging and successful developments in the European Research Area.
Ulrich Schubert, EuCheMS President, presented the EuCheMS Award for Service to Hans-Joachim Freund on November 16, 2012.


2011 José Empis, Evelyn McEwan

José Empis, was Board member of the Federation of European Chemical Societies (FECS) playing an active role in the transformation into the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS). He then became the first treasurer of EuCheMS efficiently organizing this activity.
He was a Portuguese delegate for many years to the Working Party on Food Chemistry (later Food Chemistry Division) helping to create a European community in the area of Food Chemistry, leading to an increased number of collaborations between scientists in different countries and organizing successful conferences. He also represented his country as a delegate to the food area R&D Committee for the 6th and 7th EU Framework Programs, and a member of the EU Standing Committee on Agricultural Research and of the Board of CIHEAM. In all his European responsibilities he acted strongly toward achieving the strategic aims of EuCheMS and to benefit the European cooperation in chemistry.
José Empis is a retired professor at Departamento de Engenharia Química, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, working in processing and preservation of food, and food ingredients quality, and of the development of novel foods and ingredients. He was President of the Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e das Pescas (2002-2006).

For her outstanding contribution to restructuring of FECS to EuCheMS
Evelyn McEwan has played a pivotal and outstanding role on the construction of EuCheMS. She took a very active part in all discussions concerning the future course of (then) FECS, and (now) EuCheMS. She actively pushed, influenced and supported all ideas leading to the present structure. She took care of all legal matters which had to be clarified and managed to clear all legal and administrative hurdles in Brussels most elegantly, playing a key role on the judicious wording of the EuCheMS constitution.

She completely lived the role of General Secretary and she identified with FECS/EuCheMS in an outstanding mode. The many facets of her work have made Evelyn an influential figure in European chemistry and beyond.

She has been a key actor on the promotion of ideas to raise awareness for the importance of chemistry in the Commission, the initiative for Parliamentary breakfasts, the promotion of chemistry on a broader basis through AllChemE, numerous workshops to foster relations between academia and industry under the auspices of AllChemE/CEFIC.

2010 Gábor Náray-Szabó, Giovanni Natile

Professor Gábor Náray-Szabó in recognition of his significant contribution to EuCheMS and European cooperation in chemistry
Gábor Náray-Szabó played an active role in the EuCheMS predecessor body, the Federation of European Chemical Societies (FECS), serving as one of the joint General Secretaries 1987-1989. He chaired the Working Party Computational Chemistry from 1999 to 2002. In 2001 he was appointed President Elect of FECS and served as President from 2002-2005.

Gábor Náray-Szabó was influential in the transformation of FECS into the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences and achieved outstanding success as the initiator of the 1st EuCheMS Chemistry Congress which was held in Budapest in 2006. This event launched the series of Congresses which take place every two years and are established as the main European forum for chemical and molecular sciences.

From 1983 to 1990 Gábor Náray-Szabó was Secretary General of the Hungarian Chemical Society; in 1990 he became President of the Society and held this position until 1997.

From 1973 he held positions in the CHINOIN Pharmaceutical and Chemical Works ( Budapest). He became Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the Eötvös Loránd University in 1991, later served as Deputy Secretary General of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Deputy Secretary of State, Ministry of Education, before becoming Director General of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Professor Giovanni Natile in recognition of his significant contribution to EuCheMS and European cooperation in chemistry
Giovanni Natile served EuCheMS (European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences) for six years, initially as President Elect 2004-2005, then as President 2005-2008 and subsequently as immediate Past President. During his Presidency, EuCheMS gained recognition in Europe as an influential voice for chemical and molecular sciences, representing 50 member societies, with a total of 150,000 individual members. In 2006 EuCheMS was registered in Belgium as a legal entity.

Giovanni Natile presided at the EuCheMS launch event at the European Parliament in July 2006, where EuCheMS was presented to representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament. Under his guidance EuCheMS expanded its role in developing EU policy and, in the fields of energy and sustainability, published important position papers. He strengthened relationships with sister organisations, including IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry), CEFIC, and the American Chemical Society.

Giovanni Natile helped to lead the organisation of the EuCheMS Chemistry Congresses in Budapest in 2006 and Torino in 2008, both successful events with over 2,000 participants and active participation of Nobel Laureates. To further strengthen EuCheMS scientific activities, he encouraged the establishment of new Divisions and Working Parties. The EuCheMS European Young Chemists Network was created and the European Young Chemist Award launched with sponsorship from the Società Chimica Italiana, a EuCheMS member society.

Giovanni Natile served as President of the Società Chimica Italiana, 2002-2004. Since 1981, he has been Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Bari, Italy www.metalbiolab.uniba.it<http://www.metalbiolab.uniba.it/>

2007 Alfred Oberholz, Allan Astrup Jensen

Dr Alfred Oberholz  in recognition of his significant contribution to European collaboration in sustainable chemistry
Alfred Oberholz has steered SusChem (European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry) to a position of significant influence in Europe. Under his chairmanship SusChem has done more than any other single group to raise the profile of chemistry in Europe.

SusChem seeks to boost chemistry and chemical engineering research, development and innovation in Europe. Together with the other SusChem board members, including representatives of three EuCheMS member societies Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, DECHEMA and the Royal Society of Chemistry, and with support from CEFIC and EuropaBio, Alfred Oberholz has led successful efforts to obtain significant funding from the European Commission for SusChem and its major initiatives and visionary projects. Further information on SusChem is available on the web site www.suschem.org.
One measure of the success of SusChem is the increased visibility of chemistry in the EU Research Framework Programme and the large number of chemistry related projects coming through the process.Through the leadership of Alfred Oberholz, SusChem has achieved an understanding among EU decision makers that chemistry and chemical innovation are at the core of a sustainable economy in Europe.Alfred Oberholz is Deputy Chairman of the Managing Board of Evonik Degussa GmbH and Chairman of DECHEMA.


Dr Allan Astrup Jensen  in recognition of his significant contribution to European cooperation in chemistry and the environment.
Dr Allan Astrup Jensen, Danish Chemical Society, has played a vital role in developing EuCheMS activities in chemistry and the environment for over fifteen years.
Under the auspices of the EuCheMS Division of Chemistry and the Environment, Allan Jensen has stimulated actions to promote this important area of chemical sciences through the EuCheMS member societies in over 30 countries in Europe. He has fostered contacts with the European Commission and other agencies in matters concerning chemistry and the environment, including green/sustainable chemistry, and promoted EuCheMS views to EU decision makers.
Through the work of the Division, he has been instrumental in encouraging cooperation on environmental issues between EuCheMS and other international organisations such as IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) and ISO (International Standards Organisation)
He has driven the development of the successful series of biennial meetings: International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment, the next event being the 12th conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on 14 – 17 June 2009. He is currently serving as convener of the scientific session on Greenhouse Gases to be held during the 2nd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress in Torino, Italy, on 16-20 September 2008 www.euchems-torino.it.
Allan Jensen has been the representative of the Danish Chemical Society on the EuCheMS Division of Chemistry and the Environment since 1990 and chaired the Division from 1997 to 2003.


2006 Peter Kündig

Peter Kündig made an exceptional contribution to the success of the 1 st  European Chemistry  Congress, held in Budapest in August 2006. As co-chair of the Congress Scientific  Committee, Peter Kündig worked with represent atives of the chemistry community across  Europe to develop and deliver a high quality scientific programme which attracted nearly  2,500 participants. His vision for the Congress, t he first event of its kind, and his dedication  were key factors in ensuring the success of this major EuCheMS initiative.   As the current Chair of the EuCheMS Division  of Organometallic Chemistry, Peter Kündig is  also a member of the EuCheMS Executive Committee.   Peter Kündig is Director of the Department  of Organic Chemistry at the University of  Geneva, Switzerland where he heads a research group active in the area organic synthesis  and catalysis with transition metals. He is an organiser of the annual ‘Bürgenstock’  conferences on stereochemistry and a member of the Editorial Boards of Helvetica Chimica  Acta and of Chemical Communications and of the Advisory Boards of a number of other  high-profile chemistry journals. Further information is available on  http://www.unige.ch/sciences/chiorg/kundig/.

2005 Reto BattagliaReto Battaglia

Reto Battaglia received the EuCheMS Award for Service during the 1 st European Chemistry Congress, in August 2006, in Budapest. Reto Battaglia has made an exceptional contribution to the transformation of FECS (the former Federation of European Chemical Societies) into EuCheMS, a transformation which has great significance for the representation of the 50 chemical societies in Europe and their 150,000 members, and is of fundamental importance for future European cooperation for the benefit of chemical sciences. A Past President of EuCheMS (1999-2002) and a member of the EuCheMS Executive Committee, Reto Battaglia has also held office as Chair of the EuCheMS Food Chemistry Division, having served as a member since 1981. Reto Battaglia is the Director of Swiss Quality Testing Services, the quality control laboratories owned by Migros in Switzerland. He is a member of the Board of the Swiss Chemical Society and lectures at ETH Zurich where is responsible for the course ‘Quality Assurance in Food Processing and Trade’ for students of Food Science. The 1 st European Chemistry Congress, in Budapest on 27-31 August 2006, aims to be a showcase for chemical sciences in Europe, bringing together chemical and molecular scientists from industry, academia and government institutions across Europe and from around the world. Further information is available at www.euchems-budapest2006.hu.

2004 Jean-Marie Lehn

Jean-Marie Lehn received the EuCheMS Award for Service during the 10th Anniversary celebration of Chemistry: a European Journal on Friday 15 April 2005 at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg.

Jean-Marie Lehn is Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the 1st European Chemistry Congress. The Congress will bring together chemical and molecular scientists from industry, academia and government institutions across Europe, and create a showcase for the latest research in chemical sciences. EuCheMS believes that academia and industry can work together in a concerted way to stimulate the competitiveness of European industry and help to achieve Europe’s vision of a sustainable and competitive, knowledge-based economy. The Congress will be held on 27-31 August 2006 in Budapest  www.euchems-budapest2006.hu.

Jean Marie Lehn is an enthusiastic contributor to many European chemical science initiatives, including the creation of pan-European chemistry journals such as “Chemistry – A European Journal”, which are jointly owned by many European chemical societies. He was one of the sponsors of the AllChemE publication Chemistry: Europe and the future www.allcheme.org.

Jean-Marie Lehn received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1987 for the development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity. He is a passionate promoter of chemistry to young people, regularly giving lectures to pupils at high schools in France.

Jean-Marie Lehn is Director of the Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, http://www-isis.u-strasbg.fr/supra/

His scientific work, over twenty years with about 150 collaborators from over 20 countries, has been described in about 400 publications and review papers. Over the years he has been visiting Professor at other institutions, including ETH Zürich, the Universities of Cambridge, Barcelona and Frankfurt.

2003 Leiv Sydnes, Wilhelm Fresenius

The FECS Award for Service  2003 has been  presented to  Professor Leiv Sydnes,  Norwegian Chemical Society,  in recognition of his  significant  contribution to  European cooperation in  chemistry and  public appreciation of chemistry.  The Awa rd, consisting of a medal and a scroll, was presented to  Leiv Sydnes  at  the  General Assembly of FECS member societies in Barcelona, Spain , in October . Leiv Sydnes  has been  instrumental in  developing  the education al  and professional activities of  FECS and in  promoting  the European Chemist designation. He is recognised for his contribution to  the  public appreciation of chemistry ,  focus ing on bringing  the excitement and  value of  chemistry to children and  to  society in general .  He has given numerous public  le ctures and  has  made  prime – time  television program me s for the general public  on chemistry – related topics .  He  has been involved in FECS for 10 years,  serving  as a member of  the  Executive Committee,  as Vice – Chairman of the former European Communities Chemis try  Council and as Chairman of the European Chemist Registration Board. Leiv Sydnes is currently President Elect of IUPAC, ( International Union of Pure and Applied  Chemistry )  and will take over as  its  President  on 1  January 2004.  He  has served as  Presiden t  of the Norwegian Chemical Society 1992 – 96.   Leiv Sydnes  has been  Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway since 1993 and  was previously, from 1980, at the  University of Tromsø . His research  is currently concentrated on  organic synthesis with empha sis on the application of cyclopropane chemistry and  photochemistry to introduce useful structures into organic molecules.


A  FECS Award for Service  has been  presented  to Professor Wilhelm Fresenius,  German  Chemical Society,  in recognition of his  significant  contribution to  European cooperation in  analytical  chemistry .  The Award, consisting of a medal  and a scroll, was presented to Wilhelm Fresenius at headquarters of the German  Chemical Society in Frankfurt in November. Wilhelm Fresenius has achieved great success in promoting chemistry, particularly analytical  chemistry, in  support of  his goal of str engthening European cooperation beyond national  borders and disciplines. For many  years Wilhelm Fresenius  was in charge of the ‘Europa Fachhochschule Fresenius’  which  is an  outstanding example  of  success in broadening the perspectives of younger  generati ons  of scientists and engineers in  cooperation and mutual understanding. The renowned analytical journal named after his family, which he edited for decades,  has  merged  with other journals and constitute s  an impressive contribution towards  the  European res earch  area.  Wilhelm Fresenius has been  involved with  the FECS Division of Analytical Chemistry since its  foundation in 1972 , giving support to the Euroanalysis  series of conferences –  the 13 th Euroanalysis will be held i n Salamanca in September  2004 –  an d act ing  as Editor of the  Proceedings .  His example and his warm – hearted encouragement has been a major force in  motivat ing  his colleagues  in pursuit of  European cooperation in chemistry.


2002 Michael Gagan

The FECS Award for Service  2002  was presented to Dr  Michael Gagan , Royal Society of  Chemistry,  in recognition of his  significant  contribution to European cooperation in  chemical education, particularly  in  his capacity as Chairman of t he FECS Division of  Chemical Education. The Award, consisting of a medal and a scroll, was presented to  him at the Meeting of Presidents of FECS member societies in Poznan, Poland. Michael Gagan served as Chairman/Convenor of the  FECS  Division of Chemical  Education  from 1991 to 2002 ,  developing its  effective and influential  role  in  chemical education  in  Europe . Under the auspices of FECS, he  initiated  the  series of  biennial European  Conference s  on Research in Chemical  Education (ECRICE), the  6 th  of which w as held in  Portugal  in 2001 . He inaugurated the  series of  European Conference s  in Chemical Education  (ECCE),  concerned with the practice of chemical education in Europe, complementing the  ECRICE.  He has  overseen the  publication of a position paper  on Chemi cal Education  Research, justifying its pursuit as an academic discipline , and many other papers on the  development of chemical education in Europe. Michael Gagan has been Tutor/Lecturer at the Open University, UK, since 1977, where his  major interests hav e included chemical education, particularly the design of laboratory  experiments and the use of educational technology and multimedia in chemical education.

2001 David Bricknell

The FECS Award for Service was presented to Dr David J Bricknell in recognition of his  services to FECS and , through AllChemE, to  European cooperation in chemistry. At a  lunch  in London  on  4 September  hosted by  the Royal Society of Chemistry,  UK,  Dr Reto  Battaglia, FECS President, presented a medal and scroll to David Bricknell. David Bricknell has for over 10 years  promoted  European cooperation in chemi stry and has  supported FECS  in its a im of  acting in an advisory, consultative and representative capacity in  relation to European institutions . In 1995, David Bricknell , as Director, Sciences and Technologies at CEFIC in Brussels,  was  one of the leaders, together with Professor Jon McClever ty and Professor Gilbert Balavoine, in  the establishment of  AllChemE 1  (Alliance for Chemical Sciences and Technologies in  Europe). He later ensured that key senior industrialists contributed to the first AllChemE  publication  Chemistry Europe & the future ( 1996), which was supported by  Nobel Laureates  Professor Jean – Marie Lehn and Professor Richard Ernst  and was warmly received across  Europe and translated into a number of other languages.  Together with the FECS President  and Gene ral Secretary, and the Chair men  of COST Chemistry, CERC3, and EFCE, David  Bricknell initiated a series of  influential  workshops hosted by CEFIC aimed at  advising  policy  makers in EU institutions  on the development of the European Research Area

2000 Lauri Niinisto

1999 A. Masia, Ir Bauke te Nijenhuis

1998 J. W. van Spronsen

1997 E. Pungor

1996 F. Szabadvary

1995 R. Darms, L. Skattebol

1994 H. Malissa, J. S. Gow

1993 G. Jommi

1992 U. Hofacker, V. Chvalovsky (posthumously)

1991 P. B. Czedik-Eysenberg

1990 R. Kellner

1989 V. P. Zubov

1988 Aron Jakabos

1987 S. Pasynkiewicz

1986 H. C. van der Plas

1985 F. Cuta, W. Fritsche, F. Martin, A. Maschka, G. Pannetier, R. E. Parker, (posthumously), M. Preisich (posthumously)