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EuCheMS Lecture Award

Each year, the major achievements of one junior scientist working in chemistry in a country with a EuCheMS Member Organisation will be rewarded. The winner will receive a statuette and the opportunity to give a lecture at the next European Chemistry Congress (ECC) or at a conference of an EuCheMS Professional Network (PN). The guidelines for the Lecture Award can be found here.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 31 December 2017.

Nomination - EuCheMS Lecture Award 2017

  • The nomination letter should give details of the nominee's contribution(s) to the field and describe any major achievements, including also evidence of international recognition as well as honours and awards.
  • Support letters should come from two additional scientists (i.e. not the nominator) that are not working at the same institution as the candidate. Please state the name, email address and affiliation of scientist who wrote the support letter.
  • Support letters should come from two additional scientists (i.e. not the nominator) that are not working at the same institution as the candidate. Please state the name, email address and affiliation of scientist who wrote the support letter.
  • (7000 characters with spaces)

  • After submitting the nomination, the nominator will receive an email confirmation.

International Award Committee for the EuCheMS Lecture Award (IACL)

Barbara Ruth Albert is Professor at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. She studied chemistry in Bonn, Germany, and received her PhD in 1995. Prof. Albert is an expert in all areas of boron chemistry, ranging from synthesis, theoretical calculations over structural features to the development of new functional materials. Her team works on new analytical approaches as well as forefront applications in solid state chemistry. Her awards include a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, a Lise-Meitner grant, the ADUC, and the Bennigsen-Foerder award. She is a former President of Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh).


Sabine Flitsch is Deputy Head of Department and Professor of chemical biology at the University of Manchester where she leads a research group of 19 people. Her research is interdisciplinary and lies on the interface of chemistry and biology with focus on applications in biotechnology, namely the use of biocatalysis for the synthesis of carbohydrates and glycoconjugates, such as glycolipids, glycoproteins, polysaccharides, glycomaterials and glycoarrays. Amongst numerous awards, she was presented with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Interdisciplinary Prize in 2014. She has held appointments on several editorial boards, research advisory boards and funding panels in the UK and Germany. In 2015, she was elected to the RSC Council and has also been chair of the RSC Carbohydrate Interest Group and a member of the RSC Organic Division Awards Committee. She is PI of the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council funded IBCarb Network and Director of the biotechnology spin-out company, Bio-Shape Ltd.

Gaetano Guerra is Professor of macromolecular chemistry, at the University of Salerno. He pursued his University education at Federico II Naples University, where he received his doctor degree in chemistry, cum laude, in 1976. The research activity of prof. Gaetano Guerra has been devoted to theoretical and experimental studies relative to polymeric materials and is documented by scientific papers on relevant international journals (H-index=61), as well as by many industrial patents and chapters of books. He has received several awards: on 1986 from the Accademia Napoletana di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, in 1992 del National Federchimica Award and in 2003 the “Premio Linceo” from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. His research group, in 2009, has succeeded in the business plan competition organized by the National Consortium of Science and Technology of Materials (INSTM) “Premio Made NEW in Italy – Innovative materials from the university to the enterprises”. In 2010 his research group has received from the Italian Republic President, the “Premio Nazionale Innovazione” (for the best business ideas at high technological content). Professor Gaetano Guerra is the vice-president of Società Chimica Italiana (SCI).

Stefan Vogel is Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark, in the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy. He got his PhD at the University of Leipzig and he was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Nucleic Acid Centre, University of Southern Denmark. His particular research area is synthetic organic chemistry and nucleic acid biotech interface. Since several years he is President of the Danish Chemical Society. He maintains his links with his first society through his membership in Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) and he is in active dialogue with European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN) representatives in several EuCheMS societies.

Manuel Yánez is Professor at the University of Madrid, department of Chemistry, Molecular Structure and Chemical Reactivity. He got his PhD at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1973 and did a postdoc at Carnegie-Mellon University, USA. His current research interests lie in the field of gas-phase chemistry in general and gas-phase ion chemistry in particular. Major topics of interest are the theoretical studies of reactivity of alkaline metal cations, transition metal monocations and alkaline-earth or transition metal dications, and the theoretical study of inter- and intra-molecular hydrogen bonds. He has received several research awards, among them, the Award of the UAM Foundation in 1993, the Research award in Physical Chemistry of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry in 2001, and the Bettancourt-Perronet Award from the Ministry of Education and Research of France in 2003.


 EuCheMS Lecturers

(Until 2016, the rationale behind the EuCheMS Lecture Award was significantly different. It envisioned to strengthen the image of EuCheMS and of European chemistry in general, promoting scientific cooperation among chemists in Europe. The Lecture was normally awarded annually to a prominent chemist from a European country.)

2015 – Ursula Röthlisberger

Professor Ursula Röthlisberger, École Polythecnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, will give her lecture during the 11EUCO-TCC – 11th European Conference on Theoretical and Computational Chemistry,  Barcelona Spain.

2014 – Christina Moberg and Gérard Férey

Professor Christina Moberg from KTH Gave EuCheMS 2014 Lecture on the topic “Recycling in Asymmetric Catalysis.” The lecture was delivered during the 19th European Symposium on Organic Chemistry, 10 – 16 July 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Professor Gérard Férey from the University of Versailles will give his Lecture on the topic of “From interesting to useful: the multiple richnesses of the hybrid porous materials”. The lecture was given during the 6th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, 11 – 15 September 2016 in Seville, Spain.


2013 – Maurizio Prato

Professor Maurizio Prato from the University of Trieste will give EuCheMS 2013 Lecture on “Synergies between chemistry and nanotechnology” during the 5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress that will take place in Istanbul from the 31st of August to the 4th of September 2014.


2012 – David Milstein and Nazario Martín

Professor David Milstein of the Weizmann Institute of Science gave the EuCheMS 2012 lecture on the topic “Discovery of Metal-Catalyzed Reactions for Sustainable Chemistry.” The lecture was held at the 4th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress in Prague on the 30th August 2012. Prof. Nazario Martín’s lecture has been held on the 11th of July 2013, at the 18th European Symposium on Organic Chemistry (ESOC 2013) in Marseille, France.

 2011 – Alfredo Sanz Medel

Professor Alfredo Sanz Medel delivered the EuCheMS Lecture on ‘The Expanding Scope of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry: Isotopes, Elements, Molecules and Nanoparticles via Mass Spectrometry’ at the Euroanalysis conference on 13 September 2011.

2010 – Michael Grätzel

Professor Michael Grätzel delivered the EuCheMS Lecture on ‘Molecular Photovoltaics and Mesoscopic Solar Cells’ at the EuCheMS Chemistry Congress on 30 August 2010.

2009 – Walter Kaminski

Walter Kaminski gave the lecture ‘Polyolefins – tailored by metallocene catalysts and easily pyrolyzed for feedstock recycling’ at the 18th EuCheMS Conference on Organometallic Chemistry (EuCOMC) on 25 June 2009 in Göteborg.

2009 – Meinrat O. Andreae

Professor Meinrat Andreae spoke on ‘The aerosolized biosphere – recent insights into the chemical nature of biogenic aerosols’ at the 12th EuCheMS International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment on 15 June 2009 in Stockholm.

2008 – Martyn Poliakoff

Professor Martyn Poliakoff, University of Nottingham, delivered the EuCheMS Lecture on ‘Multi-Phase Catalysis: Maximizing the Opportunities for Supercritical Fluids in Green Chemistry’ during the Opening Session at the 2nd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress in Torino, Italy, on 11 July 2008.

2007 – Steven V. Ley

Professor Steve Ley held the EuCheMS Lecture on ‘Changing the Face of Organic Chemistry’ during the meeting of the Société Française de Chimie (SFC) celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2007.

2006 – Dieter Seebach

Professor Dieter Seebach, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, spoke on ‘Do Beta-Peptides Have a Biomedical Potential?’ at the 1st  European Chemistry Congress, in Budapest, Hungary.

2005 – Roger A. Sheldon

Professor Roger A Sheldon, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, gave the EuCheMS lecture on ‘Combining Organometallic Catalysis and Biocatalysis in Catalytic Cascade Processes’ at the XVIth EuCheMS Conference on Organometallic Chemistry in Budapest, Hungary.

2004 – Josef Michl

Professor Josef Michl, University of Colorado, USA, talked on ‘Self-Assembly and Surface-Mounted Molecular Rotors’ at the International Conference on Supramolecular Science & Technology, in Prague, Czech Republic.

2004 – Andreas Manz

Professor Andreas Manz, University of Dortmund, Germany, delivered the EuCheMS lecture on ‘Continuous-flow Bioassays, Separations and Isoelectric Focusing on Chip’ at the Euroanalysis XIII conference at Salamanca, Spain.

2003 – Hans H. Brintzinger

Professor Hans H Brintzinger, University of Konstanz, Germany, held the EuCheMS lecture on ‘Twenty Years of ansa-Metallocene Polymerization Catalysis. Where are we Standing Now?’ at the XVth FECHEM Conference on Organometallic Chemistry in Zürich, Switzerland.«

2002 – Ivano Bertini and Ed Southern

Professor Ivano Bertini, University of Florence, Italy presented his lecture “a structural genomics approach to metal ion homeostasis, resistance and reduction”, at the 8th FECS Conference on Chemistry and the Environment, Athens, Greece.

Professor Ed Southern, Director, Oxford Gene Technology , UK, presented his lecture “DNA microarrays: small chemistry, big biology” at EUROANALYSIS 12, Dortmund, Germany.

2001 – Gerard Pascal

Professor Gerard Pascal, Director of Research at INRA (National Institute of Agricultural Research), France, President of the Scientific Steering Committee of the European Commission, presented the lecture “Phytochemicals: opportunities for research and exploitation” at Eurofoodchem XI, Norwich, UK.

2000 – Paul Crutzen

Professor Paul Crutzen, Nobel Laureate, Director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Division, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany, presented his lecture “The stratospheric ozone hole: A human-caused chemical instability in the stratosphere” at Euroanalysis XI, Lisbon, Portugal.

1999 – John Walker

Professor Sir John Walker, Nobel Laureate, HonFRSC, FRS, Director of the Medical Research Council’s Dunn Nutrition Unit, Cambridge, presented his lecture “How ATP is made” at the GDCh/IUPAC Congress, Berlin, Germany.

1998 – Alex H Johnstone

Professor Alex H Johnstone, University of Glasgow, UK, gave his lecture “Using the Results of Chemical Education Research” at the First European Conference on Chemical Education, Budapest, Hungary.

1997 – Dieter Oesterheld

Professor Dieter Oesterheld, Max-Planck-Institut fur Biochemie, Germany, gave his lecture “Farbenspiel einer Ionenpumpe – Colour changes of an ion pump” at the GOCh/GDCh Congress, Vienna, Austria.

1996 – Professor W Wiegrebe, Regensburg (Germany) gave his lecture at Czech Republic

1994 – Professor O. Kahn, gave his lecture in France

1993 – Professor R Ernst, Switzerland, delivered his lecture in Austria

1992 – Dr D A Cruzado, Spain presented his lecture in Italy

1991 – Professor R Huisgen, Germany, gave his lecture in the UK

1990 – Professor E Hengge, Graz, Austria, presented his lecture in France

1989 – Professor J-M Lehn, Strasbourg, France, delivered his lecture in Switzerland

1988 – Professor A R Battersby, Cambridge, UK, gave his lecture in Italy

1987 – Professor F Calderazzo, Pisa, Italy, delivered his lecture in Belgium

1986 – Professor C Szantay, Budapest, Hungary, presented his lecture in Moscow

1984 – Professor G Ertl, Munchen, FRG, gave his lecture in Italy

1983 – Professor G Smets, Heverlee, Belgium, presented his lecture in Belgium

1982 – Professor J-M Lehn, Strasbourg , France, delivered his lecture in the UK

1981 – Professor B Samuelsson, Stockholm, Sweden, gave his lecture in Finland

1980 – Professor D Barton, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, presented his lecture in Germany