May 2018

Hello and welcome to EuCheMS - Brussels News Updates!

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

This month's big news: the European Commission has unveiled the name and proposed budget for the successor funding programme to Horizon2020. Called Horizon Europe (no longer FP9), and with a proposed budget of nearly 100 billion euro, the proposal has already sparked debate. The European Parliament and stakeholders would like to see it increased, but the viewpoint may be different within the Council... You can read EuCheMS' response below, and catch up on the latest EuCheMS activities and developments affecting chemistry in Europe!  

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Horizon Europe – ambition and determination needed in negotiations

The proposal for the future framework programme – Horizon Europe – was unveiled by the European Commission on 2 May, launching a lengthy process of negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council over the next few months. The proposal sets €100 billion for the successor programme to Horizon2020 and for the nuclear research programme, Euratom. EuCheMS welcomes the Commission’s proposal and recognises the significance of an increased budget, especially in light of the UK’s departure from the EU - but it is crucial that the European Parliament and Member States recognise the vital role research and innovation play in providing solutions to a myriad of challenges, and as such, of the importance an ambitious budget will have. Read our full response here


EuCheMS provides feedback to the European Commission consultation on the automatic recognition of diplomas across Europe

EuCheMS responded to the European Commission’s public call for feedback on its Roadmap for Promoting the Automatic Mutual Recognition of Diplomas and Study Periods Abroad. As the voice of Chemistry in Europe, representing chemical societies across Europe, and by extension, some 160,000 chemists, researchers and scientists, we strongly support the Commission's move. We exemplified possible ways forward by the system developed by EuCheMS and the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTN): EurChem. Click for more


EuCheMS signs the Future Partnership Project Statement

EuCheMS has signed the Future Partnership Project statement launched by the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust – a project which aims to send a powerful message to leaders in the UK and the EU that science knows no borders and that a shared vision for an ‘ambitious, close and achievable future agreement on research and innovation’ is essential. Read the full article here.


Guidebook on Pre-Service Training for Chemistry Teachers – a success story

EuCheMS is happy to announce that the Guidebook ‘Pre-Service Training for Chemistry Teachers’ edited in part by Iwona Maciejowska, Chair of the EuCheMS Division of Chemical Education has now been downloaded over two hundred times, and was recently cited in an official journal – a clear sign that the work is proving useful to many chemists, lecturers, and teachers. Read the full story here


EuCheMS attends ENVI Committee meeting on EFSA transparency & vaccinations

EuCheMS attended the latest round of discussions of the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Saftey (ENVI) on 26 April. The focus: Europe-wide worry over the drop in vaccination use, and the role of transparency in EFSA’s risk assessments. The discussion was presided by Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, who presented the European Commission’s position as he replied to a variety of questions from Members of the European Parliament - click here for the full debrief


Innovation, technology transfer and digitalisation in South-East Europe and the Western Balkans

In early May, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a high-level conference with the objective of increasing regional cooperation in South East Europe and to support the Western Balkans as competitive market economies.This marks an important step in recognising the full innovative and scientific potential of the region. You can read the full news article from Commission here.


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Public consultation to support the Fitness Check of the EU Ambient Air Quality Directives

Deadline: 31 July 2018
Send your feedback 

EFSA public consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the update of the tolerable upper intake level for vitamin D for infants.

Deadline: 23 May 2018
Send your feedback

More consultations & roadmaps available here!

Eureka Network Project: EUROGIA2020

Deadline: 8 June 2018

Horizon 2020: Valorise sugars from the cellulosic and/or hemicellulosic fractions of lignocellulosic biomass

Deadline: 6 September 2018

More calls for funding & awards here!


11th International Conference on Chemical Structures (ICCS2018)

27 – 31 May 2018
Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands


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

3 - 7 June 2018
Prague, Czech Republic


XI International School on Organometallic Chemistry ''Marcial Moreno Manas''

6 - 8 June
Oviedo, Spain


‘’Attilio Corbella’’ International Summer School on Organic Synthesis (ISOS 2018)

10 – 14 June
Gargnano, Italy


The International Symposium on Inorganic and Environmental Materials 2018 (ISIEM2018)

17 – 26 June
Ghent, Belgium

XVI Meeting of the Interdivisional Group of Carbohydrate Chemistry (GICC)

17 – 20 June
Siena, Italy



EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)

9 – 14 July 2018
Toulouse, France

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. The workshop will seek to provide a detailed and sound understanding of Parkinson’s disease, as well as a look into possible treatments and how the EU can help boost such research.

Dates soon to be announced - watch this space!


7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

26 – 30 August
Liverpool, United Kingdom


Chemistry in Europe

The 2018-2 edition of  our Chemistry in Europe newsletter is out! Highlights include: the editorial, a look at what we want from FP9 (now Horizon Europe), the march for Science in Germany, and news from the Young Chemists! Click here


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