“Birthplace” of EuChemS receives Historical Landmark Award


In 2020, on the 50th Anniversary of EuChemS, the University of Chemistry and Technology (UCT), Prague – where the predecessor to EuChemS was founded – was designated to be a EuChemS Historical Landmark.

On July 3, 1970, the Federation of European Chemical Societies (FECS) held its first meeting in Prague, at the University of Chemistry and Technology. FECS, which is now EuChemS, started out with less than twenty  members, from both sides of the iron curtain, to put scientific cooperation at the forefront, despite the political differences in the bipolar world. Since then, the organisation, now known as the European Chemical Society (EuChemS) kept expanding both in size and in range of activities.

Recently, on 1 July 2022, an EuChemS plaque commemorating this honour was inaugurated. The inauguration ceremony held at UTC Prague, was attended by representatives of EuChemS and the local host. During the ceremony, Pavel Matějka, UTC Prague Rector introduced the institution, Floris Rutjes, EuChemS President held a speech briefly summarising the history and future directions of EuChemS, and Tomáš Navrátil, President of the Czech Chemical Society discussed the importance of international and research-industry cooperation in chemistry.

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