Chemical Sciences for Horizon Europe, education & employability

Join us on Thursday 7 March 2019, from 10:00 – 12:00 in the European Parliament in Brussels, Room JAN 6Q1

In light of the ongoing negotiations on the European Commission’s proposals on the future EU research framework programme (Horizon Europe), EuChemS, the European Chemical Society invites participants to reflect on the role an enhanced and ambitious programme can have on the state of research and innovation in Europe, and subsequently on the employability for chemical scientists.

The aim of the workshop is to understand the priorities of chemical research for Horizon Europe, to comprehend the meaning behind the latest employability figures of chemical scientists in Europe, and to present improvement measures for the future. With issues such as gender parity, salary discrepencies, job prospects, aquired versus needed skills, a complex web of intrinsically linked problems is quickly visible, bringing together education, employment and research in Europe. Together with policymakers and representatives from academia and industry, and with case study interventions, we aim to provide a constructive debate on how we can work on and improve the existing conditions.

In 2014, EuChemS organised a first workshop on the 1st survey of the Employability of chemists, exploring the labour market challenges and suggesting ways forward. This 2019 workshop confronts the challenges that still exist for chemists, whether in research institutes, universities, or in industry. The workshop aims to address ways of improvement, and potential effects for chemistry, scientists and society. It bases the analyses on the 2nd survey for the employability of chemists, published in November 2018.

Relevant references:

  1. 2nd employment survey is available here
  2. Report on the first survey
  3. 2014 workshop on the 1st survey
  4. 2015 workshop on the 1st survey
  5. 2017 workshop on the 1st survey at the American Chemical Society meeting


09:00 – 10:00 registration and coffee

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome remarks

Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP

10:10 – 10:20 Welcome remarks

Pilar Goya, EuChemS President

10:20 – 10:30 2nd Employment survey for European Chemists (ESEC2)

Reiner Salzer, ECTN & University of Dresden

10:30 – 10:35 Video statement

Representative from the American Chemical Society

10:35 – 10:45 Chemical Industry

Pierre Barthélemy, European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), Executive Director

10:45 – 10:55 The role of universities

Silvia Gomez Recio, Young European Research Universities (YERUN), Secretary General

10:55 – 11:05 Role and vision of the European Commission

European Commission representative [to be confirmed]

11:05 – 11:15 Education and the labour market: a case study

Kris Bosch, Essenscia, Advisor Education and Labour Market

11:15 – 11:25 Connecting education and research

Ludgart Buydens, Professor Radbout University and Netherlands house for Education and Research (Neth-ER)

11:25 – 11:35 Views from Young Chemists

Torsten John, European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN), Secretary

11:35 – 11:55 Discussion / Q&A

11:55 – 12:00 Conclusions

Nineta Hrastelj, EuChemS General Secretary

12:00 – Networking lunch



MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij




Pilar Goya, EuChemS President




Reiner Salzer, ECTN & University of Dresden

Reiner Salzer retired as Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. His main scientific interests include molecular monitoring for early diagnosis of diseases and quality standards in university education. He initiated and coordinated the Employment Survey for European Chemists. Professor Salzer has authored 22 patents in different fields of analytical chemistry, and over 300 books and scientific publications. He was elected on to a variety of national and international boards and is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science, a recipient of several national and international medals. He served as President of the Division Analytical Chemistry of the German Chemical Society and as National Delegate to the Division of Analytical Chemistry of EuChemS, where he was Head of the Study Group Education. He is Chairman of the ECTN Label Committee for the Chemistry Eurolabel® for quality education.

Pierre Barthélemy, CEFIC, Executive Director

Pierre Barthélemy obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Liège, Belgium, in 1987, in the field of lanthanide coordination chemistry, followed by one year of postdoctoral research at Florida State University.  He joined Solvay in 1988 in Brussels, Belgium, and moved to various R&D, management and senior leadership roles.  He worked successively in the field of fluorocarbons, peptide pharmaceutical ingredients, and materials for the emerging market of organic electronics. Since June 2014, he has been seconded to Cefic (European Chemical Industry Council) and is now the Executive Director Research and Innovation at Cefic, leading the Research and Innovation program in collaboration with Cefic member companies, representing the priorities of the chemical industry toward the EU-institutions for innovation-related aspects. He is a member of the board of SusChem ( and A.SPIRE (

Silvia Gomez Recio, YERUN, Secretary General

Silvia Gomez is the Secretary General of YERUN since October 2016, when the network decided to open its Brussels office. Responsible of the strategic leadership, networking actions and the implementation of the network’s objectives, she coordinates and supports the network’s five working groups, one fully dedicated to Graduate Employability. The Young European Research University Network (YERUN) is a cluster of highly-ranked young universities in Europe that strengthens and facilitates cooperation in the areas of scientific research, academic education and services which benefit society. Before YERUN, Silvia worked as the representative of Coventry University in Brussels and as EU Policy Adviser at the European Federation of Nurses.

Kris Bosch, Essenscia, Advisor on Labour Market and Education

Kris Bosch is Advisor on Labour Market and Education at essenscia, the Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences industries, which represents nearly 750 companies. Prior to his position at essenscia, Kris worked for several years in Business Development and HR at Brussels Airlines. In 2012 he made the move to the chemical industry by joining BASF as a Business Partner until 2017. Kris holds a degree in Political Science as well as a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Leuven, and a Postgraduate degree in Social Law from the University of Antwerp.

Ludgart Buydens, Professor Radbout University and Neth-ER

Torsten John, European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN) Secretary

Torsten John is a Ph.D. Candidate in Biophysical Chemistry at Leipzig University, Germany. He performs his research jointly at the Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM), Germany, and at Monash University, Australia, where he studies the aggregation of amyloidogenic and antimicrobial peptides near nanoparticles and biomimetic membranes. Prior to his Ph.D. studies, he graduated with a Bachelor (2012) and Master of Science degree from Leipzig University, Germany, and undertook research projects at RMIT University, Monash University and The University of Queensland, Australia. Among others, Torsten John was selected as SciFinder Future Leader 2017 and he is recipient of a 2018 Australia Awards–Endeavour Research Fellowship. Torsten John is active member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the Secretary of the European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN) since 2017.

Nineta Hrastelj, EuChemS Secretary General

Dr. Nineta Hrastelj is the Secretary-General of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS) since 2011. She has worked at senior management and scientific positions in private and public sectors, both at the national and at the European level. She completed her PhD at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Her research topics cut horizontally across analytical chemistry, chemometrics and metrology, including infrastructure aspects. She is author, co-author and editor of many publications in research and education as well as policy related topics of general concern. Her contributions were recognised through several awards.