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BNU November 2017
European Highlights

EuCheMS at United Nations Climate Conference

The workshop “Future-Oriented Chemistry” took place earlier this month in Bonn at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23). At this COP23 EU Pavilion side event experts from industry, academia and policy makers discussed the role of chemistry in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals through a low-carbon economy. To this end, speakers explored research possibilities,…


EuCheMS at the EC’s Circular Economy Mission to Colombia

EuCheMS participated to the Circular Economy Mission to Colombia, which took place on 16 – 19 October 2017. The delegation was led by the Director General for the Environment of the European Commission, Mr. Daniel Calleja, and included almost 70 representatives from European companies, agencies, research centres and associations. EuCheMS was represented by Dr. Nicola…


Songrui Zhao – EUCYS EuCheMS Award 2017

Songrui Zhao from China is the winner of the 2017 European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) EuCheMS Award with her project entitled A Research on Synthesis, Characterization and CO2 Absorptive Character of Pyridinium-based Ionic Liquids. Songrui Zhao synthesized three kinds of pyridium-based ionic liquids as new solvents for CO2 capture. Their physical properties…


Horizon 2020: Work Programme 2018-2020

The European Commission recently announced the 2018 – 2020 Work Programme for Horizon 2020, which will invest €30 billion in research and innovation. Over the next 3 years, the Commission will seek greater impact of its research funding by focusing on fewer, but critical topics such as a low-carbon, climate resilient future, circular economy,…


A European Education Area by 2025

As part of the ongoing debate on the Future of Europe, the Commission set out its vision and concrete steps to create a European Education Area by 2025.
Even though the primary responsibility for education policies lies with the Member States, the European Union plays a complementary role and the Commission believes it is…


EUA Proposals for FP9

European Universities Association (EUA) has published its proposals for the Next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9). EUA proposals cover three key thematic areas: 1) providing long-term policies and funding instruments for research; 2) reinforcing collaboration and minimising discrepancies across the EU; and 3) seeking a stronger alignment of policies for education, research and…


Education and Training in Europe Monitor

The 2017 edition of the Commission's Education and Training Monitor, shows that national education systems are becoming more inclusive and effective. Yet it also confirms that students' educational attainment largely depends on their socio-economic backgrounds. Among other findings, the report shows that the employment rate of recent graduates continues to recover from the 2008 crisis,…


Global CO2 Emissions Stable

The annual assessment of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the European Commission´s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) confirms that CO2 emissions have stalled for the third year in a row. The report provides updated results on the continuous monitoring of the three main greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2),…


European Parliament and Member States on Glyphosate

The European Parliament backed a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2022 and immediate restrictions on the use of the substance earlier in October. The Parliament opposes the European Commission’s proposal to renew the controversial herbicide licence for 10 years. Instead, MEPs say the EU should draw up plans to phase out the substance,…


European Antibiotic Awareness Day

At the 10th Anniversary of the European Antibiotic Awareness day, on 15 November, Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, and Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation made a joint statement on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), a threat that by 2050 “could potentially kill one person every three seconds and become a more…


Proof of Concept: ERC Awards 51 Grants for Innovation

Fifty-one ERC grant holders receive top-up funding to explore the commercial or innovation potential of the results of their EU-funded frontier research. The selected innovative projects cover a wide variety of topics, and chemistry is present in projects such as imaging-XChem: A computational package for ultrafast electronic control in chemistry (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain)…

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Implementing Smart Specialisation - Thematic Platform on Industrial Modernisation

The paper “Implementing Smart Specialisation - Thematic Platform on Industrial Modernisation” offers an overview of policy and economic reasons behind the launch of the new Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation. It is argued that modernisation of the European Industry depends upon multiple innovations across many industrial areas linked to emerging value chains. Some European…


New Investments in Innovative Businesses

119 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 24 countries have been selected for funding in the latest round of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. The funding is provided under Phase 1 of the instrument, which means that each project will receive €50,000 to finance a feasibility study for innovative products that can disrupt the market.…


Raw Materials Information System

Earlier this month the European Commission launched the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), a central platform in a user-friendly format, with key information on non-fuel, non-agricultural raw materials from primary and secondary sources. The competitiveness of EU industries,  directly and indirectly rely on the secure and sustainable supply of raw materials. This tool aims…

Consultations and Roadmaps

Draft Regulation - Definition of the Concept "Similar Medicinal Product"

Commission Regulation (EC) No 847/20002 provides a definition of the concept “similar medicinal product”, which includes specific cases defining what kind of products are to be regarded as similar for the purposes of the application of Regulation (EC) No 141/2000. That definition should be updated in the light of new scientific and technical knowledge, in…


Evaluation of the General Union Environment Action Programme to 2020

The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP) and submit a report based on this evaluation to the European Parliament and to the Council. The focus of the evaluation will be on the structure and strategic role played by the 7th EAP: that is its multi-layered approach, dual focus…


Draft Regulation - Methodological Principles for the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Recommendations for the Maximum Residue Limits

This Regulation sets out the methodological principles for the scientific risk assessment and risk management recommendations referred to in Articles 6 and 7 of Regulation (EC) No 470/2009 that shall be applied by the European Medicines Agency when preparing opinions on the maximum residue limits of pharmacologically active substances which may be permitted in food…


Draft Delegated Regulation – Scheduling of ANPP and NPP in the EU Drug Precursor Legislation

Drug precursors are chemicals which may be used for the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances. Regulation (EC) No 273/2004 lays down measures for monitoring trade in drug precursors within the EU, while Regulation (EC) No 111/2005 governs trade in drug precursors between the EU and third countries. Both Regulations jointly implement the…


Evaluation of EU Pesticide Legislation - Stakeholder Survey

This survey is part of an evaluation of the EU legislation on plant protection products and pesticide residues. The scope of this survey includes the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 on maximum residue levels (MRLs) of pesticides, and Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, concerning the placing of plant protection products (PPPs) on the market. This…


EFSA Public Consultation on The Active Substance Pyrimethanil

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will assess all comments from interested parties regarding the active substance Pyrimethanil. Input is requested on the following: physical/chemical properties; details of uses and further information; methods of analysis; mammalian toxicology; residues; and environmental fate and behaviour.
Deadline: 8 January 2018

Calls for Funding and Awards

Call for Members of the Consultation Forum on Alternatives to Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases


EuCheMS European Chemistry Gold Medal


EuCheMS Lecture Award


Synthetic Biology to Expand Diversity of Nature's Chemical Production


Horizon Prize – Materials for Clean Air


Catalytic Transformation of Hydrocarbons


EUREKA - Chile, Czech Republic, France, Israel, Spain, Sweden, Turkey Call for Projects


Call for Nominations EFMC 2018 Awards


Erasmus+ Joint Qualifications in Vocational Education and Training


European Researcher's Night


EuCheMS Historical Landmarks

EuCheMS Events

WISPOC 2018 - European Winter School on Physical Organic Chemistry


16EPI - 16th Iberian Peptide Meeting / 4GEQB - 4th Chemical Biology Group Meeting


ChemCYS 2018 – 14th Chemistry Conference for Young Scientists


EuCheMS Executive Board Meeting


Belgian Peptide Group Meeting (BPGM)

Other Events

European Antibiotics Awareness Day 2017


Horizon 2020 Info Day: Find out How to Fund Your Research With Partners From the EU


Accelerating ERA Development by Promotion of Gender Equality in STEM Research


Scientific Conference on the Use of Epidemiological Findings in Regulatory Pesticide Risk Assessment


Antimicrobial Resistance: One-health Action Plan and Evidence-Informed Policymaking


Stakeholder Workshop on the Re-Evaluation of Food Additives


Opening Up to an ERA of Innovation


Science Meets Parliaments


Science Meets Regions


STOA MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme 2017

Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry - ABCChem

Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry - ABCChem

23 – 26 January 2018

Cancún, Mexico


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7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress - ECC7

7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress - ECC7

26 - 30 August 2018

Liverpool, UK



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