Last updated 17/10/2021
Board of the EYCN
The Board after the election at the 16th Delegate Assembly:
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PhD Student @ BASF/Heidelberg University/Catalysis Research Laboratory (CaRLa) Heidelberg
My aims: 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.
Assistant professor @ École nationale supérieure de chimie de Mulhouse
My aims: 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.
Marie Curie PhD student @ the Tu Darmstadt
My aims: 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.
PhD Student @ University Fribourg in the Coskun Group
COMMUNICATION TEAM LEADER
My aims: 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.
PhD Student @ The University of Edinburgh
GLOBAL CONNECTIONS TEAM LEADER
My aims: 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.
Institute for Supramolecular Science and Engineering, University of Strasbourg and CNRS, Strasbourg, France
NETWORKS TEAM LEADER
My aims: 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.
Post-doc @ Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
MEMBERSHIP TEAM LEADER
My aims: 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.
PhD-student @ Goethe University Frankfurt
SCIENCE TEAM LEADER
My aims: Promote Chemistry around Europe, enable a creative science team to start lots of new, exciting and interactive projects.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (UCLM)
My aims: 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.
Teams of the EYCN
The EYCN lives and thrives through the outstanding work of its members. We are a motivated team of young scientists representing chemical societies from 28 European countries. Each member society nominates up to two delegates for representing it in the annual Delegate Assembly (DA) and in the EYCN throughout the following year.
The delegates of the member societies are organized in five teams: Communication Team, Global Connections Team, Membership Team, Networks Team and Science Team. Each of those teams is managed by a Team Leader, which together with the Chair, Secretary, and the Treasurer form the Steering Committee of the EYCN.
The EYCN Steering Committee: Claudia Bonfio (Networks Team Leader), Sebastian Balser (Science Team Leader), Liva Dzene (Secretary), Maximilian Menche (Chair), Shona Richardson (Global Connections Team Leader), Patrick Fritz (Communication Team Leader), Lieke van Gijzel (Treasurer), Denisa Vargová (Membership Team Leader), Antonio M. Rodríguez García (Adviser).
Here, we present the team members, and the main tasks that each team has within the EYCN:
Tasks of the Communication Team are to:
- write and circulate a monthly newsletter to all EYCN delegates and friends;
- communicate important information from the Board using social media (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and e-mail;
- maintain social media pages – respond to requests and questions, find and post useful or interesting information;
- increase the visibility of the EYCN through social media channels…
Tasks of the Global Connections Team are to:
- connect with the ACS and YCC and collaborate on the organisation of scientific events for young chemists;
- develop the global outreach to increase the visibility of EYCN and providing an opportunity for collaborations with EYCN;
- investigate the possibility to collaborate with Pint of Science and other partners on global events such as the IYPT 2019;
- collaborate with the Networks team and the ACS on the set up of the policy makers project, in which chemists are coupled to a policy maker in the European parliament…
Tasks of the Membership Team are to:
- establish contact with new European societies of young chemists (if your young chemists’ division is not a member of EYCN, please contact us at );
- keep information of the national delegates and member societies up to date;
- Provide new delegates with all necessary information about our network;
- Keep the information about recent activities and future projects on the EYCN website page up to date;
- Generate a database for all European young chemists providing useful information related to chemistry (studies, jobs, industry etc.)
Tasks of the Networks Team are to:
- increase EYCN impact and provide support to young chemists in Europe through international partnerships with universities, industries, scientific societies, and governments;
- identify networking opportunities and set the ground for fruitful collaborations;
- make the link with policy makers, organizers of scientific events and young chemists;
- increase the visibility of EYCN by engaging in various international chemistry-related projects;
- lead international projects with various European partners (European Cooperation in Science and Technology – COST Actions, Marie Curie Training Networks, industrial partners, etc.);
- contribute to providing knowledge on industrial and academic job opportunities in Europe;
- organise workshops and webinars for continuous development of young chemists in Europe;
- collaborate with the Science and Global Connections Teams on scientific and global outreach.
Tasks of the Science Team are to:
- promote chemistry around Europe (Photochimica – photography contest, Chemistry Rediscovered – video contest);
- promote the EYCN around Europe (designing promo materials like posters, roll-ups, for EuChemS conferences);
- develop the EYCN Project Management Course;
- support the scientific part of all EYCN projects and events;
- organize fundraising for the Science projects…
Delegates of the EYCN
Today, the EYCN has representatives from 31 European chemical societies (28 countries in total) and one affiliated member, the American Chemical Society – ACS. To become active within the EYCN, your chemical society needs to be a member of EuChemS (see the list of EuChemS member societies here). Please contact us if you want to get involved and actively participate in the EYCN activities.
A map of all the EuChemS/EYCN member societies (dark blue) and EuChemS member societies (light blue).
You can find more information about each society by following the links below.
At the 16th Delegates Assembly (2021), there were representatives from 25 chemical societies.
You can see all the delegates present at the 16th DA here.