December 2018

Hello and welcome to the December issue of Brussels News Updates, the EuChemS newsletter keeping you in the loop on all Brussels matters impacting the chemical sciences and the latest news on our work, activities and events!

Whilst the holidays may soon be approaching, it has been a busy last four weeks here in Brussels: from significant negotiations and votes on Horizon Europe, to China’s unexpected display of interest in Open Access publishing, to our participation in a plethora of events before the Brussels bubble shuts down over Christmas. Without forgetting news of our January event on “The Periodic Table and us: its history, meaning, and element scarcity”.

And so, before reading on, on behalf of EuChemS, we would like to wish you all, a very Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year! 

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Horizon Europe - continued

Negotiations surrounding the future EU research framework programme Horizon Europe are progressing although diverging conclusions are slowly being reached between the European Parliament and the Council. In addition, national ministers themselves are split on a number of central issues. At heart of the different viewpoints for Horizon Europe is that of whether to continue maintaining the notion of ‘excellence’ as the central pillar, or whether to shape Horizon Europe as a tool to help fix the research and innovation divide between western and eastern Member States. Read more about the latest progress on Horizon Europe here.


Plan S: China, petitions, events & a GDCh statement

Plan S, the plan initiated by a coalition of European funders (cOAlition S) and supported by the European Commission to encourage a rapid transition to open access publishing continues to make waves within the scientific community. From petitions, China's unexpected interest in Plan S, events in Brussels, a GDCh statement and a public consultation, we've provided you with a quick overview of the latest developments and debates. Click here for the full debrief.


Report of the 2nd Employment Survey for European Chemists is published

The report of the 2nd Employment Survey for European Chemists (ESEC2) was published on 21 November. The report, which analysed data received in 2017, delves into the employment conditions and career opportunities for chemists in Europe. Read more about the report here.


Forums and events - EuChemS attends EFSA Stakeholder Forum, European Parliament Impact Research EU event & ECHA Committee for Risk Assessment meeting

Last month saw the annual European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) Stakeholder Forum, an event which sought to stimulate and simplify dialogue between the European Agency and official stakeholders. The event also aimed to exchange views on EFSA’s ongoing work and plans for the future. The relatively new and bolstered role of academic organisations was recognised by EFSA as a positive and much needed aspect of stakeholder interaction. Full debrief of the meeting here.

EuChemS also attended the high-level conference on how research and innovation affect daily life which was held in the European Parliament. The event, which combined talks with representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament and ministers from EU Member States as well as a range of scientists, explored the major challenges we currently face, and how impact research can and should continue to be fostered in Europe. Read all about it here.


EuChemS attended the European Chemical Agency’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) – 47 meeting in Helsinki in November. The RAC prepares the opinions of ECHA related to the risks of substances to human health and the environment, although final decisions are taken by the European Commission. Click here for more information.  


But that's not all! This edition also has articles on:The European Chemistry Thematic Network (ECTN) Administrative Council meeting; InRoad conference, and more!

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A public consultation has now been opened on the Plan S guidelines. EuChemS is currently preparing a Position Paper on the topic. 

Deadline: 1st February 2019

EFSA has launched a public consultation on its draft Scientific Opinion on evaluation of the health risks related to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides in foods other than raw apricot kernels.

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

Deadline to send us feedback: 15 January 2019.

Call for proposal: solar-driven chemistry 2019/2020

The EuChemS-initiated multinational call for projects on “solar-driven chemistry” was signed by 5 national funding organisations and was published on 14 December.

Deadline: Wednesday 13 February 2019

Joint call for proposals on microplastics in the marine environment

Deadline: 28 February 2019

EuChemS Awards: Lecture Award and Award for Service

Deadline: 31 December 2018
Website: Lecture Award: submissions must be made online here
Award for Service: Nominations must be submitted here.


The Periodic Table and us: its history, meaning, and element scarcity

22 January 2019
Brussels, Belgium



Setting their Table: Women and the Periodic Table of Elements

11 – 12 February 2019
Murcia, Spain


1st GHI World Congress on Food Safety and Security (GHI2019)

Leiden, Netherlands
24 – 28 March 2019


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

Lecce, Italy
2 – 6 June 2019


17th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment – ICCE2019

16 – 20 June 2019
Thessaloniki, Greece

1st International Meeting on Deep Eutectic Systems

24 – 27 June 2019
Lisbon, Portugal



Launch of the 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)

29 January 2018
Paris, France


EuChemS Lecture Award & EuChemS Award for Service nominations open!

Submit your nominations now!

EuChemS Award for Service:
EuChemS Lecture Award:


Chemistry in Europe #2018-4

The 4th edition of Chemistry in Europe 2018 is available online.
The newsletter includes a number of interesting and highly relevant contributions, news, and upcoming events, such as an editorial by Robert Parker, RSC CEO and Member of the Executive Board on the recent EuChemS Chemistry Congress in Liverpool; an analysis on Open Education; input from the European Young Chemists’ Network and the Professional Networks; as well as news concerning the new Periodic Table we published, and a summary of the online course on Good Chemistry.


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