European Young Chemists´ Network

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Last updated 21/03/2023

image/svg+xmlThe European Young Chemists’ NetworkWe are a young divisionof the European Chemical Society (EuChemS) and represent the interests of all young chemists in Europe under the age of 35.Our diverse team has young representatives from 28 countries who aim to:Create an exchange platform for university and industryBring chemistry closer to a wider audienceSupport young chemistsat the early stage of their careerOur activities and projectsInformation on studying &workinginEurope( interviewswith renownedscientists & professionalsPhotography contest PhotochimicaVideo contest Chemistry RediscoveredCollaborationswiththe International Younger Chemists Network(IYCN), COST Actionsand other academic, industrial &governmental partnersSoft skills presentations, workshops, & webinars International European Young ChemistsMeeting(EYCheM)Annual EYCN DelegateAssemblySymposiumat the EuChemS Chemistry Congress(ECC)European Young Chemist Award(EYCA)Awards for best presentations at conferences across EuropeEuropean Young Chemists’ Networkwww.eycn.euPublic outreachInternational eventsMeetings & conferencesAwards & prizesCollaborate!Develop new workshops& webinarsSupport us financiallythrough sponsoringInclude the EYCN in yourregional eventsConnect!Find new delegates in European countries not present in the EYCNGet in touch with policy makers to ensure they considerthe opinion of young chemists


History and structure of EYCN

The European Young Chemists’ Network is the young division of EuChemS. Young members of any EuChemS member society (as defined by their national criteria) (see the full list here) automatically becomes a member of the EYCN. Today, the EYCN has delegates and representatives in 28 countries (from 31 chemical societies)

The idea of the EYCN within EuChemS emerged during several young chemists meetings in Europe. During the 1st European Chemistry Congress 2006 in Budapest (Hungary) a paper was written about “Aims, Tasks and Goals of EYCN” and this is considered to be the foundation of the EYCN. In March 2007 Jens Breffke (Germany) and Csaba Janáky (Hungary) invited all societies to send their young representatives to Berlin in order to set the rules of the EYCN. Only three weeks later the Executive Committee of EuChemS confirmed these Rules. The EYCN was now the official youth division of EuChemS.

If you want to read the current document containing all the EYCN rules, click here:

The EYCN’s goal is to promote Chemistry in Europe, as well as to give new educational and networking opportunities to students and professionals. We promote several awards in different conferences, organize Career Days to improve soft-skills and collaborate in a variety of exchange programs to promote the mobility of our members. To do all this, we partner with industrial partners as well as with other young scientific societies around the world.

The EYCN meets once a year in the Delegate Assembly.

  • September 2022 – Part 2 Lisbon, Portugal
  • March 2022 – Part 1 online
  • 2021 – online
  • 2020 – Sitges, Spain
  • 2019 – Bremen, Germany
  • 2018 – Turin, Italy
  • 2017 – Heraklion, Greece
  • 2016 – Guimarães, Portugal
  • 2015 – Berlin, Germany
  • 2014 – Bucharest, Romania
  • 2013 – St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 2012 – Aveiro, Portugal
  • 2011 – Murzasichle, Poland
  • 2010 – Untervaz, Switzerland
  • 2009 – Essen, Germany
  • 2008 – Madrid, Spain
  • 2007 – Berlin, Germany
  • 2006 – Budapest, Hungary – The creation of the EYCN

The EYCN is coordinated by a Board consisting of eight members who are elected every two years during the Delegate Assembly (DA) and an Advisor, who is usually the previous Chair. All of the remaining delegates are organized in five teams (Communication, Global Connections, Membership, Networks and Science), which are managed by a Team Leader.

The Board of the EYCN (2021-2023)

  • Maximilian Menche (DEU) – Chair
  • Liva Dzene (FRA) – Secretary
  • Lieke van Gijzel (NLD) – Treasurer
  • Patrick W. Fritz (CHE) – Communication Team Leader
  • Tomasz Swebocki (PLN) – Global Connections Team Leader
  • Denisa Vargová (SVK) – Membership Team Leader
  • Claudia Bonfio (ITA) – Networks Team Leader
  • Nathan Carpentier (BEL) – Science Team Leader
  • Antonio M. Rodríguez García (ESP) – Advisor