March 2018

Hello and welcome to EuCheMS - Brussels News Updates!

Hello and welcome to the March edition of BNU – Brussels News Updates, the monthly newsletter that keeps you up-to-date with the latest news, events and developments concerning chemical sciences in Europe!

From high-level meetings to consultations, from antimicrobial resistance worries to women and science in the spotlight, the last few weeks have seen an interesting array of developments in chemistry in Europe. Don’t forget to take a look at the EuCheMS 2017 Year Book for an insighful overview of EuCheMS Professional Networks, policy initiatives, conferences, events and much, much more.

So, scroll down for a glimpse of our highlights and upcoming events – and click here for the full BNU newsletter.


EuCheMS participates in latest High-Level Advisory Group ‘Open Science Policy Platform’ meeting

EuCheMS participated in the fifth high-level roundtable event of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). On the menu: discussions on integrated advice on open science, including the involvement of citizens in science. Get the full update here.


EuCheMS responds to consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovations, SMEs and single market

EuCheMS has responded to the public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovations (R&I), SMEs and single market and has published a position paper laying out in more detail our vision for the way forward in the future Framework Programme 9 (FP9). EuCheMS has defined a total of eight Missions that should be established in key areas – Missions that we, as the voice of Chemical Sciences in Europe, perceive as vital to tackle the global challenges facing Europe. More on our position here.


Women in Science - Eurostat figures


On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March, EuCheMS has looked back on figures shared by Eurostat on the current distribution of female scientists and engineers across the EU. The conclusion? From the 17 million scientists and engineers in Europe, 40% are women and 60% men. But whilst women hold a majority of jobs in science and technology in service activities, they only account for less than 30% in manufacturing. Take a closer look at facts and figures here.


Commissioner Moedas talks science, industry and entrepreneurship at EU Industry Day and launches EIC Horizon Prize on Innovative Batteries

During the second edition of the EU Industry Day forum, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, described the innovative changes in industry and society as resembling the propeller of a plane ‘’with three strong blades: the first is Science; the second is Start-Ups; and the third is Industry’’ and announced the launch of the EIC Horizon Prize on Innovative Batteries for e-Vehicles. A prize of €10 million for whoever cracks the challenge. Take a look here!


ECDC and EFSA publish report demonstrating continued resistance to antimicrobials

The worrying trend of antimicrobial resistance has once again been confirmed in a report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The news reaffirms the major threat this poses to public health. Read our full article here.


Public consultation on EU rules for products used in the construction of buildings and infrastructure works

Deadline: 16 April 2018

Public Consultation on the establishment of the Innovation Fund

Deadline: 10 April 2018

More consultations & roadmaps available here!

Database of Prospective Independent Experts to Assist Commission Services with Tasks in Connection with Horizon 2020 

Deadline: Continuous Open Call

EuCheMS Historical Landmarks

Deadline: 30 April 2018

More calls for funding & awards here!


International School of Process Chemistry (ISPROCHEM)

8 – 11 April 2018
Gargnano, Italy


Analytica Conference 2018

10 – 12 April 2018
München, Germany


XXIII Meeting of the Portuguese Society of Electrochemistry (SPE2018)

2 – 4 May 2018
Porto, Portugal


Bunsentagung 2018 – 117th General Assembly of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry

10 – 12 May 2018
Hannover, Germany


SETAC 2018: Session on substitution of hazardous chemicals

13 – 17 May
Rome, Italy

13th International Symposium on the Synthesis and Applications of Isotopes and Isotopically Labelled Compounds

4 – 7 June
Prague, Czech Republic



Innovation and cultural heritage

20 March 2018
Brussels, Belgium

ECTN General Assembly

20 – 22 April 2018
Prague, Czech Republic


7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

26 – 30 August
Liverpool, United Kingdom


EuCheMS 2017 Year Book available online

The 2017 edition of the EuCheMS Year Book is now online! The Year Book provides an insightful overview of the EuCheMS Professional Networks, policy initiatives, conferences, events and much, much more. You can download the Year Book here.


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