Chemistry is an integral part of the Cultural Heritage of Europe. However, while there are many touristic signs marking the very place where important intellectual developments or events happened, only a few chemical sites are identified and publicised. Most of the existing programmes are run by national chemical societies, and therefore often overlook the European, and even the international dimension, of the chemical sciences.
For these reasons, EuChemS decided to set up a Historical Landmarks Programme. It aims to reinforce the sense of belonging of European chemists and remind them that as far as the history of chemistry goes, people and ideas alike have circulated, been shared and shaped through meetings and communication. It will also bring to the general public some sense of how chemistry is part of the general cultural heritage and history of every European citizen, especially as the plaques will be accompanied with communication materials providing information on the discoveries and breakthroughs celebrated, and the impact they had.
In 2019, the Ytterby mine in Sweden was awarded the EuChemS Historical Landmarks Award at the European level, and the industrial complex of ABEA on the Greek island of Crete was also awarded the EuChemS Historical Landmarks Award at the regional level. The ceremony included a visit of the sites, lectures and activities as well as the unveiling of the EuChemS Historical Landmarks Award plaque.
You can read more about the award, find out more about the previous awardees and submit your nominations here.
The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2019.