February 2018

Hello and welcome to the February edition of Brussels News Updates, the EuChemS newsletter keeping you up-to-date with the latest developments affecting the chemical sciences, as well as our news, activities and upcoming events!

With the International Year of the Periodic Table now in full swing, we look back on what has been an incredibly busy but exciting early 2019, with events taking place in Brussels to Murcia, without forgetting the fantastic opening ceremony in Paris. But aside from celebrations, important policy developments are taking place, not least with our issued statement on ‘Plan S’ for open access in scientific publishing, EU-UK relations and their impact on science, and more besides.

You can read the full newsletter online here.  


Open Science updates: EuChemS issues statement on Plan S and attends OSPP meeting

EuChemS has issued a Position Paper on the implementation guidelines of Plan S. 
The initiative was set up by a coalition of funders and supported by the European Commission to accelerate the transition to open access in scientific publishing. EuChemS has sought to provide a balanced approach, which recognises the positives of Plan S, whilst warning of some of its consequences should it be improperly implemented. Read the full debrief here


The #IYPT2019, the Periodic Table and EuChemS

Celebrations for the International year of the Periodic Table are now in full swing. On 22 January, the EuChemS Periodic Table depicting element scarcity was unveiled in the European Parliament by EuChemS President Pilar Goya together with MEP Catherine Stihler. Just one week later, EuChemS made its way to Paris for the fantastic opening ceremony. Read the full story here! 


'Elemental Escapades!': the new EuChemS video game

Transported to an alien world where everything looks unfamiliar, Jan is asked to help find missing elements and use their properties to create compounds in order to find a way out and escape. Join the adventure where you can learn simple chemistry through EuChemS’ new video game ‘Elemental Escapades!’. Developed to provide an entertaining means of learning chemistry, the video game is a project created in light of the International Year of the Periodic Table. Download and play the game here!


When international collaboration creates Chemistry

With no clear end in sight in Brexit negotiations, the impact on scientific collaboration, funding, and mobility between the UK and the rest of the EU remains largely unclear. But what is clear is that collaboration between EU and UK scientists creates better and more impactful science. Click here for the full story. 


ECHA submits proposal for EU ban on microplastics

ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, submitted on 30 January an official proposal to restrict microplastic particles that are intentionally added to mixtures used by consumers or professionals. Read more here


Science week in the European Parliament

Last week saw the European Parliament dedicate a series of high-level events on science, and more precisely the need to ensure science and policy are more actively and efficiently intertwined. Read our take on it here. 


Women and the Periodic Table

The IYPT2019 has also brought to light a rarely mentioned aspect of the Periodic Table: the women behind it. Two major events took place this February to better shed light on the role of women in the development of one of the most significant scientific exploits. On 12 February, a Global Women's Breakfast, spearheaded by IUPAC took place, with scientists across the world coming together to celebrate women in science. 

EuChemS in turn participated in the two-day international symposium on "Setting their Table: Women and the Periodic Table of Elements" in Murcia, Spain. Read our full debrief here. 


But that's not all! This edition also has articles on: 

MEPs warn of 'snail pace' on pesticide innovation

Chemical Sciences for Horizon Europe, education and employability - an EuChemS event!

Read the full newsletter online here.


Call for feedback: High and low Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) – risks biofuels, bioliquids and biomass fuels

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

Deadline to send us feedback: 25 February 2019.

Public consultation: Evaluation of the feed additives Regulation

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

Deadline to send us feedback: 20 March 2019.

Horizon 2020: Converting Sunlight to storable chemical energy

Planned Opening date: 7 May 2019
Deadline: 27 August 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2WXRLHt

Horizon 2020: Safety Research and Innovation for advanced nuclear systems

Planned Opening date: 15 May 2019
Deadline: 25 September 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2GAJTWu

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

Brussels, Belgium
7 March 2019
Website: bit.ly/ChemEm7-3-19


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

Leiden, Netherlands
24 – 28 March 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2PrzhL8


6th European Chemical Biology Symposium / Meeting of EuChemS Division “Chemistry in Life Sciences”

Madrid, Spain
3 – 5 April 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2E7ojHD


37th Biennial Meeting of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry

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


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

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

17th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment – ICCE2019

16 – 20 June 2019
Thessaloniki, Greece
Website: https://bit.ly/2QPstIg



Master the recipe on developing successful proposals and projects based on European Funds
Brussels, Belgium
13 – 14 March 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2WXqR2A

IUPAC for Africa: Green Chemistry Postgraduate Summer School
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
12 – 19 May 2019
Website: http://www.tcs-tz.org/iupac2019/

EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2019
Brussels, Belgium
17 – 21 June 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2BwAmMR


The 1st  edition of Chemistry in Europe 2019 is now available online.

The newsletter includes a number of interesting and highly relevant contributions, news, and upcoming events, such as an editorial by Pilar Goya, EuChemS President; an analysis on the survey on the employability of European chemists; input from the European Young Chemists’ Network and Members; well as news concerning the IYPT2019, and more!


EuChemS Year Book 2018 recently published

Read our recently published Year Book for an insightful overview of the many activities and initiatives EuChemS has been a part of over 2018. You can download it here.


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