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!

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International Year of the Periodic Table - IYPT2019

Proclaimed the International Year of the Periodic Table by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO, 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev’s discovery of the Periodic Table. 

The IYPT2019 will be launched at an Opening Ceremony in Paris on 29 January 2019. Some of the speakers include Ben Feringa, Youri Oganessian and Sir Martyn Poliakoff. Pilar Goya, EuChemS President will also take to the stage and present the EuChemS Periodic Table as well as unveil the new video game developed by EuChemS – which will be available to try out for the very first time at the event. Read more about it here!


IYPT2019 and element scarcity

Celebrating the IYPT2019 also means looking at what the chemical elements mean to us today. EuChemS recently developed and unveiled a unique Periodic Table which depicts the abundance (on a logarithmic scale) of chemical elements. On 22 January, representatives from the chemical sciences, as well as from the European Parliament and the European Commission will discuss the Periodic Table at a EuChemS event in the European Parliament, chaired by MEP Catherine Stihler. Read our full debrief of the upcoming event here

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Save the date! EuChemS workshop in the European Parliament: Chemical sciences for Horizon Europe, education & employability

On 7 March 2019, EuChemS will be holding a workshop in the European Parliament, this time focusing on Horizon Europe, the future research framework programme, as well as education and employment. The workshop will be chaired by Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Van Nistelrooij. More details on the programme and registration will soon be communicated. Watch this space!


Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU sets out its priorities

From January until June 2019, Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Romania’s presidency intersects with the finalisation of a number of important policy issues, significant political events (Brexit), as well as the upcoming European Parliament election in May. Indeed, over the next 5 months, the future multiannual financial framework (the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027) which includes Horizon Europe, will be a significant focus of debate. Read the full article here. 


Horizon Europe and Brexit

Science Business has reported that a number of EU politicians have butted in on what a future relationship with the UK should look like post-Brexit - resumed to an 'all or nothing' point of view. Click here for the debrief. 


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

Clean Energy Package moves forward 
Glyphosate risk assessment report 'copy-pasted' from industry contributions
Multi-billion-euro investment in the port of Antwerp by British chemical company Ineos


Read the full article online.


Call for feedback on the European Commission draft regulation ‘Reference points for action for non-allowed pharmacologically active substances

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

Deadline: 3 February 2019

EFSA has launched a public consultation on the active substance paraffin oil.

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

Deadline: 5 February 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: 13 February 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2QVTLMk

Joint call for proposals on microplastics in the marine environment

Deadline: 28 February 2019
Website: https://bit.ly/2KSG2CH

Chemistry Rediscovered - just 2 weeks to go!

Deadline: 31 January 2019
Website: http://bit.ly/2HftQzy


Setting their Table: Women and the Periodic Table of Elements

11 – 12 February 2019
Murcia, Spain
Website: https://bit.ly/2RHEkIf

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EuChemS workshop: Chemical Sciences for Horizon Europe, education and employability

Brussels, Belgium
7 March 2019


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

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


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

1st International Meeting on Deep Eutectic Systems

24 – 27 June 2019
Lisbon, Portugal
Website: https://bit.ly/2ry3xd1



Food Safety in the EU: Maintaining High Standards and Ensuring Transparency of Information
29 January 2019
Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://bit.ly/2AN1ozp

International R&D: Horizon Europe and the world
5 February 2019
Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://bit.ly/2Dezw8R

Science meets Parliament: What role for science in the 21st century policy-making
6 – 7 February 2019
Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://bit.ly/2FGiOka

Raw Materials and Environment 2019
19 – 20 February 2019
Berlin, Germany
Website: http://bit.ly/2RPbppr


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