Join us @Global Women’s Breakfast 2021!

Jan 7, 2021

On the occasion of the Global Women’s Breakfast 2021 #GWB2021, the European Chemical Society (EuChemS) is pleased to organise its own online event. You are invited to join us on Tuesday 9 February 2021, from 10:00 to 11:00 CET on Zoom.

The Global Women’s Breakfast 2021 is an initiative of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Discover more about the GWB2021 here.

Topics for discussion:

  • Leadership Development
  • Building Professional Networks
  • Conversations/Discussions with Women Leaders
  • STEM education for school-age girls

Yrja Oftedahl (moderator) will lead the panel discussion.

Pilar Goya, EuChemS Vice-President (Host and Chair)

Pilar Goya Laza is research professor of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the Instituto de Química Médica of which she was the Director from 2005 to 2011. Vice President of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) until 2013, she is currently the Vice President of the Spanish Society of Medicinal Chemistry (SEQT). She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Universidad Complutense Madrid and was a postdoctoral Humboldt fellow in Konstanz, Germany, under Prof W. Pfleiderer´s supervision. From 1991 till 1996 she was Head of International Affairs of CSIC, she was a member of the Core Group of PESC (Physical and Engineering Sciences Committee) of the European Science Foundation, ESF, and Chair of the Chemistry Committee of the Marie Curie Fellowships of the EU.

Her research deals with different aspects of medicinal chemistry and drug design and is currently focused on cannabinoids and PPAR ligands targeting the SNC and obesity. She has published over 150 scientific papers, 12 international patents, and has directed 10 Ph.D. theses. As a former member of the Ethics Committee of the CSIC, she is interested in research integrity issues and good scientific practices and is active in reaching out to the general public has recently published a popular book on “Pain”.

Angela Agostiano, Professor at the University of Bari

Professor Angela Agostiano is full professor of physical chemistry at the University of Bari. Author of more than 240 in the fields of engineering, synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles (NPs) and nanocrystals (NCs) and their organization in mesoscopical structures, fabrication of polymer based nanocomposites and bio-inorganic hybrids. Her scientific interests cover the investigation of biomaterials involved in biological energy transduction and molecular recognition. Past-president of SCI (Società Chimica Italiana) and scientific responsible of regional, national and international research project, she is also head of the Bari division of the CNR-IPCF (Institute for fisico-chemical processes) and member of the National Board of Physical Chemistry Division.

Carina Crucho, Treasurer of the European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN)

Carina Crucho is presently a Junior Research Fellow at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). The researcher completed her PhD degree in Chemistry from FCT-UNL in 2015. Her accomplishments lead to her winning the Portuguese Young Chemists Award sponsored by Elsevier, which recognized the work completed during her PhD. She was awarded in 2018 with the L’Oréal Award for Women in Science a prize that support and acknowledge outstanding young women at the beginning of their research career. Besides her academic activity, Dr. Crucho is a board member of the Young Chemists Group of the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) and is currently Treasurer and Portuguese Delegate at the European Young Chemists Network (EYCN), extensively supporting the networking activities among young chemists.

Next to her research, Dr. Crucho has been teaching practical organic chemistry at Lisbon School of Health Technology, integrated in the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon. In October 2019 she has invited to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program “Advancing Women in STEAM Fields”, a program administered by the United States Department of State. For three weeks she explored policies of organizations and educational institutions championing the interest of women in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) and networked with several professional counterparts across the region. More recently, Dr. Crucho was selected to participate in the CAS Future Leaders Program 2020.

Nineta Hrastelj, EuChemS Secretary General

Nineta Hrastelj did her PhD at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Her research topics cut horizontally across analytical chemistry, chemometrics and metrology. She is author, co-author or editor of various publications in research and education as well as policy related topics of general concern.

She has worked in the private and public sector at the national and at the European level. Her contributions were recognised by several awards. Since 2011 she is the Secretary General of EuChemS.

You can connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Slavica Ražić, Chair of the EuChemS Division of Analytical Chemistry and member of the EuChemS Executive Board

Slavica Ražić graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Pharmacy, from which she obtained the MSc degree. Her PhD was accomplished at the Faculty of Chemistry – Department of Analytical Chemistry (2000). Since 2012, Slavica Ražić is a full professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the Faculty of Pharmacy – University of Belgrade. In 2014 she accomplished the Specialist Academic Studies at the Faculty of Pharmacy on Toxicological risk assessment for environmental pollutants. She supervised and acted as a member of committees for defending PhD theses and electing committees in Serbia, Spain, Greece, Austria and Macedonia. She has received several academic awards and distinctions. She was recognised for her editorial work and contributions as a member of scientific and organizing committee of several domestic and international conferences.

Slavica’s main research interests lie in the analytics of environmental and biological samples, in method development and the monitoring of trace and minor elements using atomic absorption and emission spectrometry combined with contemporary sample preparation techniques and chemometric methods of analysis.

She has served several roles within the the Serbian Chemical Society (SCS), EuChemS and IUPAC. Amongst other, she has organised Euroanalysis XVI in Belgrade. She started her term as Chair of the EuChemS-DAC in 2017 and as a EuChemS Executive Board member in 2021.

Gill Reid, President-elect of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Gill Reid is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Southampton and recently finished her term as Head of the School of Chemistry. Gill obtained both her BSc and PhD at the University of Edinburgh, before being appointed to a lectureship in Chemistry at Southampton in 1991.

Her group’s research focuses on synthetic coordination and organometallic chemistry and evaluation of new molecular compounds as precursors for the controlled growth of functional semiconducting thin film and nanostructured materials (2D films, nanowires and nanoribbons) by chemical vapour deposition and electrodeposition. These chalcogenide materials have important applications, e.g. in solid-state memory, thermoelectric energy harvesting and as battery materials. Her group has also made important contributions to the development of new classes of metal-macrocyclic chelates for binding fluorine-18 in aqueous media under very mild conditions and sub-30 nM concentrations, towards new classes of positron emission tomography (PET) agents for medical imaging. The multidisciplinary nature of her work has led to strong collaborations with colleagues across the science and engineering disciplines.

She has been a strong advocate for outreach and public engagement, delivering many outreach activities in schools aiming to inspire and engage young people across all age groups with science and chemistry. She founded the annual Southampton Science and Engineering Week in 2002 (now the Southampton Science and Engineering Festival) and co-lead the ‘Taking Technology Smaller’ at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (2015). She also chaired the RSC Outreach Working Group between 2014-18.

Following a term as chair of the RSC Mid-Southern Counties local section, Gill was elected as an RSC Trustee (2011-15). She is currently President-elect of the Royal Society of Chemistry, becoming President in 2022.

Brigitte Van Tiggelen, Chair of the EuChemS Working Party on History of Chemistry

Brigitte Van Tiggelen is Director for European Operations at the Science History Institute, Philadelphia, USA and member of the Centre de Recherche en Histoire des Sciences, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. After she graduated both in physics and history, she devoted her PhD dissertation to chemistry in eighteenth century Belgium. Her research interests include topics such as couples and women in science, domestic science, philosophy of chemistry and Belgian chemistry. She chairs the Working Party on the History of Chemistry (EuChemS) since 2013 and the Commission for the History of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences (International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology) since 2017. To promote history of science among the general public and espscially among secondary school teachers, she has founded Mémosciences asbl, a Belgian non-profit organisation that organizes an annual conference cycle on the history of chemistry, scientific conferences, and teacher workshops.

Publications include co-edited books From Bench to Brand and Back: The Co-Shaping of Materials and Chemists in the Twentieth Century (2017); Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science (2016); For Better Or for Worse?: Collaborative Couples in the Sciences (2012), and The Public Image of Chemistry (2007). Her latest publication is a collective volume Women in their Element. Selected contribution of women to the periodic Sytem (2019), edited with Annette Lykknes, and two special issues devoted to the history of the Periodic System: The Periodic System: The (Multiple) Values of an Icon, Centaurus. An international English language journal of the history of science and its cultural aspects, 61(4), and The Periodic System, a History of Shaping and Sharing, Substantia, 3(2),

Yrja Oftedahl

The EuChemS @Global Women’s Breakfast 2021 will be moderated by Yrja Oftedahl.

She is the hosting manager of the “Power Ladies” podcast where she showcases women who stand out in their field of expertise through deep interviews.

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