Board of the EYCN

Last updated 24/04/2021

Board of the EYCN

The Board after the election at the 16th Delegate Assembly:

CC BY SA 4.0 EYCN 2020

Name: Maximilian Menche

National Society: German Chemical Society (GDCh)

Profession: PhD Student @ BASF/Heidelberg University/Catalysis Research Laboratory (CaRLa) Heidelberg

Field of chemistry: Computational Chemistry, DFT, Homogenous Catalysis

Hobbies: Cycling, Photography, Travel, Spending time with friends

Your aims for the next 2 years on the Board: I am planning to continue the EYCN’s strong line-up of online events that learn, network or present their research during and after the global Covid-19 pandemic. While these events enable a wide range of participants, we also cannot wait to shape the EYCN’s return to in-person events e.g., with the upcoming European Young Chemists Meeting (EYCheM) or our contributions to the next EuChemS Chemistry Congress (ECC). Furthermore, I am looking to establish new ways to engage more young chemists in industry with the other members of the EYCN Board.


Name: Liva Dzene

National Society: French Young Chemist Network

Profession: Assistant professor @ École nationale supérieure de chimie de Mulhouse

Field of Chemistry: Inorganic chemistry, sol-gel synthesis, clay minerals, surface reactivity

Hobbies: Hiking, Traveling, Playing kokle

Your aims for the next 2 years on the board: Provide an opportunity for national young chemist networks to share their experience in order to build a strong European chemist community. Ensure smooth communication between EYCN and its partners, between board members, different teams of EYCN and delegates from national societies. Continue the best practices established by previous secretaries.


Name: Lieke van Gijzel

National Society: The Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV)

Profession: Marie Curie PhD student @ the Tu Darmstadt

Field of chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Organic Chemistry, Cancer Focused Therapies
Hobbies: Skiing, Traveling, Trampolining, Swimming and dancing

Your aims for the next 2 years on the board: To update the finances and build a clear and transparent structure in the finance system of the EYCN. I would like to also focus on obtaining new sponsors, with the idea to also provide novel sponsorship packages. Additionally, I will continue the work the previous treasures have done and hopefully contribute to improve these tasks. Lastly, my tasks will include supporting the executive board in their everyday tasks and working closely together with the secretary and chair.


Name: Patrick W. Fritz

National Society: Swiss Chemical Society (SCS)

Profession: PhD Student @ University Fribourg in the Coskun Group

Field of chemistry: Organic Materials Chemistry

Hobbies: Coffee, Climbing/Bouldering

Your aims for the next 2 years on the Board: Promoting the research of young scientists by using the well-established social media platforms of the EYCN to make the voices of young individuals heard. I want to help further improve the communication between the EYCN, its member societies and industrial partners to promote chemistry across Europe.


Name: Shona Richardson

National Society: Royal Society of Chemistry

Profession: PhD Student @ The University of Edinburgh

Field of chemistry: Biocatalysis

Hobbies: Reading, running and drinking copious amounts of coffee

Your aims for the next 2 years on the Board: Continue the growth of the Global Connections team through forging new international collaborations and working with other teams to increase the impact of EYCN; To help build a platform for early-career chemists to grow and support one another as they progress in their career.


Name: Denisa Vargová

National Society: Slovak Chemical Society

Profession: Post-doc @ Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Field of chemistry: Carbohydrate Materials, Automation, Catalysis

Hobbies: Bouldering, Plants, Finances

Your aims for the next 2 years on the Board: To include more industrial representatives in the EYCN network and continue with expanding the Chemistry across Europe map established by previous efforts of the MS team.


Name: Claudia Bonfio

National Society: Italian Chemical Society

Profession: 1851 Research Fellow (University of Cambridge, UK)

Field of chemistry: Prebiotic chemistry & origins of life

Hobbies: hiking, cooking Italian food

Your aims for the next 2 years on the Board: To strengthen our network across Europe and create new partnerships, to provide tools for the career development of young researchers, to support diversity in chemistry.


Name: Sebastian Balser

National Society: Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)

Profession: PhD-student @ Goethe University Frankfurt
Field of Chemistry: Surface/Material Chemistry

Hobbies: Running, bicycling, any kind of outdoor adventures & traveling

Your aims for the next 2 years on the Board: Promote Chemistry around Europe, enable a creative science team to start lots of new, exciting and interactive projects.


Name: Antonio M. Rodríguez García

National Society: Real Sociedad Española de Química (RSEQ)

Profession: Postdoctoral Research Associate (UCLM)

Field of Chemistry: Nanomaterials, Organic Chemistry

Hobbies: Science divulgation, Science-fiction, Marathoner, Biking and Traveling.

Your aims for the next 2 years on the board: Supporting and advising the new Board members in order to continue, or even improve, the work done by EYCN in the last 2 years. Furthermore, I will be the link of the EYCN to the Scientific Committee of the 8th EuChemS Chemistry Congress (Lisbon 2022), I will work to shape an engaging program for the EYCN Symposium, entirely focused on the interests of early-career chemists.