April 2019

Hello and welcome to the April edition of Brussels News Updates, the monthly EuChemS newsletter keeping you updated on chemistry in Europe and our latest activities, initiatives and events!

The last few weeks have seen a number of important developments take place, particularly over Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation framework programme, with a political agreement having been struck between European Parliament representatives and national governments. The next weeks will also see the election campaigns of MEPs get into full swing, with crucial ramifications for the future of science in Europe.

So, scroll down for our latest news, activities and events!

You can read the full newsletter online here.


Horizon Europe: political agreement reached

A political agreement on the EU’s next research and development programme, Horizon Europe, has been reached between negotiators for the European Parliament and national governments following several weeks of negotiations and of deadlock over a range of issues.

The preliminary agreement was welcomed by Commissioner Carlos Moedas as putting the EU “on track to launch the most ambitious ever European research and innovation programme”. Read the full debrief here.


EU elections and science

The upcoming elections for the European Parliament could have a direct impact on the future of science in Europe. A rise in populist and anti-EU parties could lead to a reduction of budgets granted to research and innovation, together with growing scepticism towards scientific findings and advice, whether over medical issues or research linked to climate change or food safety. Read more here.


The EuChemS European Young Chemists’ Network elects new Board

The European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN) Delegate Assembly, held in Bremen, Germany on 17 – 20 March saw the election of a new Board that will guide the EYCN’s actions over the next two years. Read more about the Delegate Assembly here.


EFSA engages academic stakeholders

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) held on 14 March a dedicated workshop with its academic stakeholders, of which EuChemS is one. The session, aimed at building a stronger relationship between the European agency and academic organisations was centred around recent developments on the risk assessment of pesticides, genetically modified plants and the integration of evidence for risk assessment.

The future of scholarly communications

In January 2019, an Expert Group tasked with advising the European Commission on open science released a report on a future vision for scholarly communications. Members of the High-Level Expert Group Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) on which EuChemS sits have been asked to provide a response to the report. Watch this space for EuChemS' take on the report.

Obituary: Sergio Facchetti

It is with a heavy heart that we learnt of the passing of Sergio Facchetti on the morning of Saturday 30 March 2019. Sergio Facchetti, born in Borgo Ticino, Italy, was a leading scientist who gave outstanding service to the field and image of chemistry in Europe, as well as to EuChemS and its predecessor FECS. The full obituary can be read here.


EuChemS speaks at the American Chemical Society meeting in Orlando

EuChemS President Pilar Goya and EuChemS Secretary General Nineta Hrastelj made their way to Orlando, USA, for the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) yearly National Meeting at the beginning of April 2019 where they presented EuChemS' latest initiatives and discussed ways forward for closer collaboration. Read the full debrief here.

But that's not all, read more online here!


Public consultation: Gender Equality in the EU

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather opinions on the current situation regarding gender equality in the EU and the priorities for the next 5 years.

Drop us a line if you would like to contribute to an EuChemS response!

Deadline to send us feedback: 20 May 2019

European Chemistry Gold Medal

Every two years, the exceptional achievements of one scientist working in the field of chemistry in Europe are rewarded with the European Gold Medal and the opportunity to give the opening lecture at the next EuChemS Chemistry Congress (ECC).

Deadline: 30 September 2019
Website: https://www.euchems.eu/awards/european-chemistry-gold-medal/

Horizon Impact Award

To illustrate the wider socio-economic benefits of the EU investment in R&I and to encourage project beneficiaries to best manage and utilise their research results, the European Commission awards on an annual basis a recognition prize.

Deadline: 28 May 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2Z7gkCU 


International School of Process Chemistry (ISPROCHEM)

Gargnano, Italy
12 – 15 May 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2GhWqhh


37th Biennial Meeting of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry

San Sebastian, Spain
26 – 30 May 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2UUxfWe

118th General Assembly of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (Bunsentagung 2019)

Jena, Germany
30 May – 1 June 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2GjnaOh


14th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (ISMSC2019)

Lecce, Italy
2 – 6 June 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2yaNa9V


Organic Battery Days 2019 (OBD 2019)

Jena, Germany
3 – 5 June 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2F9UGGi

“Attilio Corbella” International Summer School on Organic Synthesis (ISOS 2019)

Gargnano, Italy
9 – 13 June 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2T5BoFE



Enabling health equality in Europe – the role of health research
Brussels, Belgium
6 May 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2VE5ouv

European Research Infrastructures: from WP 2020 calls to Horizon Europe
Brussels, Belgium
14 May 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2U8FYn7

European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) 2019
Lisbon, Portugal
28 – 31 May 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2URYswz

IUPAC 50th General Assembly, 47th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, and Centenary
Paris, France
5 – 12 July 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2F8hhS3


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