Brussels News Update - January 2019

Hello and welcome to the first Brussels News Updates of 2019!

2019 will be a particularly special year for science and chemistry, as it has been declared the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT2019). And January will already be a busy month of celebrations: on 22 January, participants will converge on the European Parliament in Brussels as EuChemS discusses the history and meaning of the Periodic Table, as well as the unique Periodic Table designed to launch a discussion on the use of endangered elements. A week later, the scientific community will meet in Paris for the IYPT2019 Opening Ceremony on 29 January – more details below!

This new year is also set to witness some major discussions and transformations for the chemical sciences. The debate over Plan S, the open access implementation plan put forward by a coalition of national funding agencies, will continue, with the deadline for feedback just two weeks away. At the political level, 2019 will witness the negotiations surrounding Horizon Europe either carried forward or bogged down if sides are unable to come to a final agreement. The upcoming European elections risk pushing the debate aside as Members of the European Parliament enter into full election mode (don’t forget you can vote!). 2019 will also see the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union – an exit whose consequences for science in Europe are still unknown.

So, scroll down for all the latest news and activities keeping us busy! And on behalf of EuChemS, we wish you a very happy International Year of the Periodic Table!

European Highlights

Proclaimed the International Year of the Periodic Table by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO, 2019 will be the … Read more
Celebrating the IYPT2019 also means looking at what the chemical elements mean to us today. EuChemS recently developed and unveiled … Read more
On 18 December 2018, negotiators from the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission provisionally agreed on new rules … Read more
From January until June 2019, Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU. During this 6-month period, … Read more
A number of EU Politicians have butted in on what a future relationship with the UK should look like post-Brexit. … Read more
On 7 March 2019, EuChemS will be holding a workshop in the European Parliament, focusing on Horizon Europe, education, employment, … Read more
A report presented in the European Parliament on 15 January, mandated by Members of the European Parliament, shows that some … Read more
The British chemical giant Ineos is to invest some €2.7 billion in two new petrochemical plants in the port of … Read more

Consultations & Roadmaps

Call for feedback on the European Commission draft regulation ‘Reference points for action for non-allowed pharmacologically active substances’ Drop us … Read more
EFSA has a launched a public consultation on the active substance paraffin oil. Drop us a line if you would … Read more

Calls for Funding and Awards

The EuChemS-initiated multinational call for projects on “solar-driven chemistry” was signed by 5 national funding organisations and was published on … Read more
Twelve JPI Oceans member countries together with Brazil launched a call for transnational research projects worth some €2.9 million to … Read more
The EYCN has launched the second edition of its video competition Chemistry Rediscovered, this time putting the International Year of … Read more

EuChemS Events

Setting their Table: Women and the Periodic Table of Elements 11 – 12 February 2019 Murcia, Spain Website: more
Brussels, Belgium 7 March 2019Read more
1st GHI World Congress on Food Safety and Security (GHI2019) Leiden, Netherlands 24 – 28 March 2019 Website: more
14th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (ISMSC2019) Lecce, Italy 2 – 6 June 2019 Website: more
17th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment – ICCE2019 16 – 20 June 2019 Thessaloniki, Greece Website: more
1st International Meeting on Deep Eutectic Systems 24 – 27 June 2019 Lisbon, Portugal Website: more
International Summer School on Natural Products (ISSNP) 1 – 5 July 2019 Naples, Italy Website: more

Other Events

Food Safety in the EU: Maintaining High Standards and Ensuring Transparency of Information 29 January 2019 Brussels, Belgium Website: more
International R&D: Horizon Europe and the world 5 February 2019 Brussels, Belgium Website: more
Science meets Parliaments: What role for science in the 21st century policy-making 6 – 7 February 2019 Brussels, Belgium Website: … Read more
Raw Materials and Environment 2019 19 – 20 February 2019 Berlin, Germany Website: more

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Horizon Europe
Solar Driven Chemistry
Element Scarcity

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