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BNU May 2017
European Highlights

Glyphosate: Harmless Tool or Sneaky Poison?

Earlier this month at the European Parliament, at an event co-organised by MEP Pavel Poc, EuCheMS and the ECTN, chemists and scientists from related fields presented and discussed many of the issues surrounding glyphosate. Speakers explored issues such as existing scientific evidence on possible relation with cancer or antimicrobial resistance; the methodologies used…


Circular Economy Mission to South Africa

Following previous related missions to Chile and China, the Circular Economy Mission to South Africa (CEMSA) of the European Commission (EC) took place on 2 – 5 May 2017. By invitation of the EC, EuCheMS participated in this mission represented by Santiago Luis, Chair of the EuCheMS Division of Chemistry and the…


Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation and Preparation of a Post-H2020 Funding Programme

As part of the Horizon 2020 (H2020) interim evaluation, the European Commission has recently published a report with a detailed analysis of the feedback received during the public consultation on this topic which took place earlier this year. The consultation counted with around 3500 responses, out of which 9% were from academia and another 9%…


European Open Science Cloud Infrastructure

By the end of 2017, the Commission will propose a legal instrument that provides a procurement framework for an integrated world-class high-performance computing infrastructure. This infrastructure is essential to support the European Open Science Cloud and will allow millions of researchers to share and analyze data in a trusted environment across technologies, disciplines and…


2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage: Funding Secured

In April, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) secured €8 million for cultural projects aiming to protect and promote Europe’s shared cultural heritage, as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. The main objective of this European Year is to promote the role of European cultural heritage as a pivotal component of cultural…


CO2 Emissions in the EU Estimated to Have Slightly Decreased in 2016

Eurostat estimates that in 2016 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion decreased by 0.4% in the European Union (EU), compared with the previous year. CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming and account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. Also on this topic, EuCheMS President Prof. David Cole-Hamilton,…


EFSA Scientific Committee and Panels Renewal 2018

On 1 June 2017 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will open the registrations for the renewal of its ten Scientific Panels and its Scientific Committee. EFSA´s Scientific Committee and Panels are composed of independent scientific experts, many of which are chemists, who carry out scientific assessments and develop related assessment methodologies.



Pesticide Residues in Food

According to the 2015 European Union Report on Pesticide Residues in Food published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the food consumed in the European Union continues to be largely free of pesticide residues or to contain residues that fall within legal limits. The report, based on the analysis of 84,341 samples for 774…


Index of Urban Water in Europe

This Urban Water Atlas for Europe is a composite index, developed by KWR Watercycle Research Institute, that displays 25 indicators related to water, waste and climate change in one infographic, summarising at a glance how well a city currently manages its urban water resources. The atlas includes indicators such as water quality, nutrient recovery, or…


EMA 2016 Annual Report Published

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) 2016 annual report, published earlier this month, focuses on the Agency’s key achievements in the areas of medicine evaluation, support to research and development of new and innovative treatments and the safety monitoring of medicines in real life. According to the report, the Agency recommended a marketing authorisation for…


Open Access of Scientific Publications and Research Data Under ERC

The European Research Council (ERC) has recently published the Guidelines on the Implementation of Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in projects supported by the ERC under Horizon 2020. Under Horizon 2020, beneficiaries of ERC grants must ensure open access, meaning free of charge with online access for any user, to all peer-reviewed…


Scientific Guidance to Help Prevent and Mitigate Chemical Accidents

A handbook published by the European Commission´s Joint Research Centre (JRC) supports EU Member States and third countries in their decisions to reduce the impacts of major industrial accidents in accordance with EU regulations. It provides common reference scenarios for authorities to assess the risks associated with industrial sites where dangerous substances are present,…


EUA Public Funding Observatory Monitoring Tool

The European University Association (EUA) has been monitoring the evolution of public funding to higher education institutions and the impact of the economic crisis on higher education systems in Europe since its onset in 2008 and has published several reports. The EUA Public Funding Observatory interactive online tool gives user the opportunity to look at…


More than 1 300 Master Students to Benefit from Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in 2017

1 345 students from all over the world have just received the good news that they have been awarded an EU-funded scholarship to begin studying for an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree this autumn. These scholarships will cover all the costs of their study programmes which will take them to two or more higher education…

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

New Guide on Biosimilar Medicines for Healthcare Professionals

New Guide on Biosimilar Medicines for Healthcare Professionals The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission have published an information guide for healthcare professionals on biosimilar medicines. Biosimilars are biological medicines that are highly similar in all essential aspects to a biological medicine that has already been authorised. The objective of the guide is…


Chemical Products with Old Labels Off the Shelves By 1 June 2017

From 1 June 2017, all chemical products placed on the market have to be labelled in accordance with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation. This marks the end of the transitional period for labelling mixtures. Companies which still have products on the shelves with labels following the requirements of the previous legislation, must now…

Consultations and Roadmaps

Roadmap: Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

The main objectives of the initiative, a European Commission communication foreseen for 2018, will be to 1) identify remaining knowledge gaps and uncertainties, and present possible solutions for filling them; and 2) explore how to address the challenge to protect the environment (and human health via the environment) and at the same time safeguard access…


Public Consultation: Guidance on The Risk Assessment of GMO at Low Level

EFSA has launched a public consultation on a draft guidance document on the risk assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) present at low levels in food and feed material and not intended for import into the European Union. The presence of a GMO at a maximum of 0.9% per ingredient in any food and/or feed…

Calls for Funding and Awards

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs


Israel Spain 9th Call for projects


Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Cluster


Promoting Integrity in the Use of Research Results in Evidence Based Policy: A Focus on Non-Medical Research


EFSA Partnering Grants

EuCheMS Events

TFA VIII – Trends in Food analysis VIII


EuCheMS Executive Board Meeting


Science Me! 2017


Inorganic Chemistry Days


ICCE 2017 – 16th EuCheMS International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment


ISOS 2017 – International Summer School on Organic Synthesis “A. Corbella”


SPE2017 - XXII Meeting of the Portuguese Society of Electrochemistry


Bienal 2017 – XXXVI Biennial Meeting of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ)


7th EuroVariety - 7th European Variety in University Chemistry Education


EICC-4 - 4th EuCheMS Inorganic Chemistry Conference


ISSNP 2017 – International Summer School on Natural Products


MMM2017 – X International School on Organometallic Chemistry “Marcial Moreno Mañas”


EuCOMC 2017 – 22nd European Conference on Organometallic Chemistry

Other Events

How Can We Connect Responsible Research and Innovation with Honest Regulation in Europe? Reflections on Scientific Knowledge as Political Economy


Responsible Research and Innovation in the Health Industry


Workshop of the Role of Science and Technology Parks and Incubators in Innovation Ecosystems


EU Green Week 2017


14th International Workshop on Separation Phenomena in Liquids and Gases


World Circular Economy Forum 2017


COFUND 2016 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Beneficiaries’ Day


ERC 10th Anniversary Celebrations


A sustainable Arctic: Innovative Approaches

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EuCheMS Year Book 2016 Now Online

EuCheMS Year Book 2016 Now Online

The 2016 edition of EuCheMS Year Book is now online here.

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7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress


26 - 30 August 2018

Liverpool, UK


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