Last updated 24/04/2021
Board of the EYCN
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.
COMMUNICATION TEAM LEADER
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.
GLOBAL CONNECTIONS TEAM LEADER
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.
MEMBERSHIP TEAM LEADER
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.
NETWORKS TEAM LEADER
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.
SCIENCE TEAM LEADER
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.
Past Chairs of the EYCN
- Antonio M. Rodríguez García (2019-2021)
- Alice Soldà (2017-2019)
- Fernando Gomollón-Bel (2015-2017)
- Frédérique Backaert (2013-2015)
- Cristina Todasca (2012-2013)
- Viviana Fluxa (2010-2012)
- Sergej Toews (2009-2010)
- Csaba Janáky (2006-2009)