June 2018

Hello and welcome to EuCheMS - Brussels News Updates!

Welcome to the June edition of Brussels News Updates – your monthly newsletter on chemistry in Europe!

Where to begin? The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity surrounding a wide range of topics, from the next framework research programme, Horizon Europe, to a Plastics Strategy, to Open Science. Meanwhile, EuCheMS has submitted feedback on the European Commission’s consultation on its European Heritage Label Action, as well as UNESCO’s Open Educational Resources draft recommendation text. So, scroll down to explore our debriefs on what has been keeping us busy here in Brussels!

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EuCheMS responds to the European Commission's consultation on the evaluation of the European Heritage Label Action

With input from the EuCheMS Working Party on Chemistry for Cultural Heritage and the EuCheMS Working Party on the History of Chemistry, EuCheMS emphasised in its feedback on the European Commission's consultation on the evaluation of the European Heritage Label Action, the fact that that there are still too few sites that recognise the role played by chemistry in the European construction project. We moreover highlighted the crucial role that chemistry plays in the very protection and conservation of our shared cultural makeup. Read more here.


EuCheMS provides feedback to UNESCO's Open Educational Resources draft recommendations text

EuCheMS, with the support of the EuCheMS Division of Chemical Education, submitted feedback on UNESCO’s Open Educational Resources (OER) draft recommendations text. We highlighted an important aspect that we found missing, namely, the lack of emphasis on the role played by educational researchers. More on our contribution here.


Horizon Europe and mission-driven science

The European Commission has published its proposal for Horizon Europe, the successor programme to Horizon2020. The notion of ‘Missions’ within the second pillar ‘Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness’ has also been included – although details are still sparse. Commissioner Moedas did however announce that a ‘Missions Board’ would be set up at the beginning of 2019 which, made up of stakeholders, experts and Member State representatives, would define the areas to be chosen as mission worthy. Read our debrief here.


Open Science - latest developments

On 22 April, the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) of which EuCheMS is a member, adopted a set of 'prioritised actionable recommendations' which include the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) - recently endorsed by EU ministers. But whilst the move towards Open Science is quickening, EuCheMS has recommended slowing down the pace in order to fully understand the far reaching and overlooked effects the policy may have. Click here for more!

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EU Plastics Strategy: single-use plastics targeted

The European Commission has put forward a proposal for a ban on several single-use plastics most commonly found polluting our beaches and seas.These items include plastic cutlery, balloon sticks, straws and plastic cotton buds, amongst others. The new rules are expected to significantly reduce plastic pollution on European beaches and seas but are also intended to encourage innovation and competitiveness as alternatives become necessary. EuCheMS attended the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee meeting on 16 May where Rapporteur MEP Mark Demesmaeker's report was discussed. The report included a call for the further banning of a wide range of deliberately manufactured microplastics. Read our full article here



Since 25 May, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in force. EuCheMS has as such adopted some new measures and you can now read our privacy statement on our website. And click here for more on GDPR!


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Read our updates on the STS Forum event, REACH, the ERC, education and more!


Call for feedback: Reducing marine litter - action on single use plastics and fishing gear
24 July 2018
Send us your feedback if you wish to contribute to an EuCheMS response!

Call for feedback: Multiannual Financial Framework: Erasmus Programme 2021-2027
3 August 2018
Send us your feedback if you wish to contribute to an EuCheMS response!

More consultations & roadmaps available here!

Meet the EuCheMS Historical Landmark Selection Committee

Horizon 2020: Catalytic transformation of hydrocarbons (RIA)

Deadline: 28 June 2018

More calls for funding & awards here!


SCF18 - 2018 Congress of the Société Chimique de France

30 June - 4 July 2018
Montpellier and Toulouse, France


5th International Congress on Chemistry for Cultural Heritage (ChemCH 2018)

3 - 8 July 2018
Bucharest, Romania


22 International Mass Spectrometry Conference (22IMSC2018)

26 - 31 August 2018
Florence, Italy


European Conference on Research in Chemical Education (ECRICE)

2 - 6 September 2018
Warsaw, Poland


25th International Conference on High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy

3 - 7 September 2018
Bilbao, Spain

N-Ligands2018 - 7th EuCheMS Conference on Nitrogen-Ligands

4 - 7 September 2018
Lisbon, Portugal



EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)

EuCheMS will attend this year's EuroScience Open Forum in Toulouse, France. We hope to see you there! And keep an eye out for our poster..
9 – 14 July 2018
Toulouse, France
Website: https://www.esof.eu/en/home.html

EuCheMS & EFMC Policy Workshop Parkinson's disease: causes and treatment

EuCheMS is happy to announce that a policy workshop on Parkinson’s disease will be held at the European Parliament under the chairmanship of MEP Pavel Poc, co-organised with the EFMC on 8 November 2018. The workshop will seek to provide a detailed and sound understanding of Parkinson’s disease, as well as a look into possible causes and treatments.

Watch this space for more details!


7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

26 – 30 August
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Website: https://www.euchems2018.org/


EuCheMS at the 7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress 2018

Join us throughout the ECC7 in Liverpool, UK, and make sure not to miss our panels and workshops: Global Communications Training Session, Chemistry for Sustainable Goals run jointly with the American Chemical Society, and finally, European Funding: An evaluator's knowledge, views and experience. 


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