May 2019

Hello and welcome to the May edition of Brussels News Updates, the monthly EuChemS newsletter keeping you up-to-date on the latest science-policy issues, news and upcoming events and awards. The last weeks saw some exciting new developments including the much-anticipated unveiling of the first EuChemS Historical Landmark plaque at the Ytterby mine in Sweden.

At the policy level, the European Commission has started planning Horizon Europe, the next EU research framework programme that will take the mantle from Horizon 2020. The plans will in addition shed additional light on the proposed ‘Missions’ within the programme and offer an opportunity for stakeholders to have a say on how the budget should be spent.

So, scroll down to read more about these new developments as well as for an overview of events and initiatives happening near you!

You can read the full newsletter online here.



EuChemS Historical Landmarks plaque unveiled at Ytterby mine, Sweden

Famous for being linked to the discovery site of some eight chemical elements, Ytterby mine, deep in the Stockholm archipelago, celebrated the unveiling of the first EuChemS Historical Landmarks Award plaque in recognition of the role it played in the history of Chemistry and shared European cultural heritage.

Read the full story here of this exciting celebration!

EuChemS weighs in on debate over the future of scholarly communications

An expert group, set up to support the policy development of the European Commission on Open Science, published in January 2019 a report on the ‘Future of scholarly publishing and scholarly communication’. Through a Position Paper, EuChemS has outlined its vision - click here for the full debrief.

The Finnish Chemical Society celebrates its 100-year anniversary

On 26 April, the Finnish Chemical Society met in Helsinki to celebrate its 100-year anniversary where EuChemS President Pilar Goya joined the celebrations. 


European Commission begins planning for Horizon Europe

Planning for the implementation of the 9th research framework programme, Horizon Europe, officially began early May with a meeting of the shadow programme committee, responsible for supervising the preparation of the implementation plan. Read the full story here.


EU and my Food

As the European elections quickly approach, the European Union’s Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has launched a campaign to highlight the important role the EU plays in showing how ingredients, processes, packaging and labelling are assessed to ensure nutrition and health claims are backed by science. Click here for the full story.


Mauro Ferrari, leading nanoscientist, appointed next President of the European Research Council (ERC)

The European Commission appointed on 14 May, Mauro Ferrari, an Italian nanoscientist known for his leadership role in the founding of the field of nanomedicine, as the next President of the European Research Council (ERC). He will take up his new role in January 2020 for a 4-year term of office, replacing the current President, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon.

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EU Research and Development Directorate-General attempts to tackle bureaucratic functionning

The European institutions have long been criticised for their bureaucracy and lengthy reaction time. The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (referred to as DG RTD) is attempting to change that by approving a new “matrix” design and structure for their administration. More on the changes here.

EuChemS attends ECTN General Assembly in Krakow

EuChemS was once again pleased to have been able to attend the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTN) General Assembly in Krakow, Poland in April. Discussions focused on the recent developments regarding the Eurolabels® as well as the EChemTest®. Collaboration between EuChemS and ECTN is also set to continue, notably with the next joint project for the Employment Survey of European Chemists.


EFSA consultation on the active substance Garlic extract

The European Food Safety Agency has launched a public consultation on its assessment report on the active substance Garlic extract.

Drop us a line if you would like to contribute to an EuChemS response! Deadline to send us feedback: 10 June 2019

European Chemistry Gold Medal

Every two years, the exceptional achievements of one scientist working in the field of chemistry in Europe are rewarded. The winner is awarded a gold medal and the opportunity to give the opening lecture at the next EuChemS Chemistry Congress (ECC).

Deadline: 30 September 2019

Call for applications for the selection of members of the Commission Expert Groups – Horizon Europe

The European Commission has opened the call for applications for selecting members of the commission expert groups on five ‘Missions’ within the Horizon Europe programme. Send in your applications now and you may shape the future of science in Europe!

Deadline: 11 June 2019
All information available online here.


37th Biennial Meeting of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry

San Sebastian, Spain
26 – 30 May 2019
118th General Assembly of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (Bunsentagung 2019)

Jena, Germany
30 May – 1 June 2019

14th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (ISMSC2019)

Lecce, Italy
2 – 6 June 2019


Organic Battery Days 2019 (OBD 2019)

Jena, Germany
3 – 5 June 2019


“Attilio Corbella” International Summer School on Organic Synthesis (ISOS 2019)

Gargnano, Italy
9 – 13 June 2019

NUTRICON Congress 2019

Ohrid, North Macedonia
12 - 14 June 2019



EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)
Brussels, Belgium
17 – 21 June 2019

The role of communication and education to increase the acceptance of bio-based products
Helsinki, Finland
8 July 2019


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