November 2018

Hello and welcome to the November edition of Brussels News Updates, bringing you all the latest from our Brussels office, upcoming events, and activities!

The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity, from our workshop in the European Parliament to taking part in the EU Circular Economy missions to Japan and Indonesia, without forgetting updates on Horizon Europe, ‘Plan S’, important European Parliament votes on plastics and antibiotic resistance, and more besides.

And don’t forget, nominations for the EuChemS Award for Service, and the EuChemS Lecture Award are open! It’s a great opportunity to show your appreciation for someone’s outstanding work (deadline: 31 December 2018).

You can also read the full newsletter online here.


Understanding the causes to find a cure: Joint EuChemS-EFMC workshop in the European Parliament on Parkinson’s disease

On 8 November, experts from the scientific community, alongside Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), came together to discuss the latest treatments for Parkinson’s disease, but also its causes, and how we are to move forward at the clinical and political level. The discussion which took part in the European Parliament in Brussels, was chaired by Member of the European Parliament Pavel Poc, and jointly organised by the European Chemical Society (EuChemS) and the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC). The aim of the workshop was to provide a kaleidoscopic overview of the latest treatments for Parkinson’s, but also to take a closer look at some of its causes. Talking about the disease, and trying to address its challenges will only grow in importance as it becomes more common in the face of an ageing population. Read the full debrief online here.


EuChemS takes part in the EU Circular Economy Mission to Japan and Indonesia

EuChemS was very pleased to once more participate in the Circular Economy Missions organised by the European Commission Directorate-General for Environment. From 20-27 October 2018, the EU delegation, made up of over 50 representatives of European companies, associations, foundations, government organisations, and research centres, made their way to Japan and Indonesia. The Missions aimed at extending and deepening the dialogue on the circular economy, expanding and sharing legislation, as well as spreading best practices. The full report is available online here.


Horizon Europe: same visions, unresolved approaches

Negotiations surrounding Horizon Europe are in full swing, although the likelihood of an impasse looms. There have been some proposals to address the research and innovation divide in Europe by allocating Horizon Europe funding on a geographical basis. EuChemS recognises that the research divide needs to be addressed, but existing cohesion funds, as well as increased national funding for research are what is needed. Horizon Europe’s aim should be to award the very best science, reaching the very best results, and should continue to be the main aspiration for those applying – regardless of where in Europe they are coming from. Read our full analysis online here.


EuChemS Periodic Table

As you may already know, EuChemS has launched a unique Periodic Table which depicts the very real issue of element scarcity in light of the upcoming International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019) for next year. To spread the message further, we are making the Periodic Table freely available in as many languages as we can. You can now download it in: Catalan, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Italian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish and Turkish - with more versions soon on the way!


Plan S: chemists react with Open Letter

An Open Letter has been making the rounds in reaction to ‘Plan S’, a plan put forward by European funding agencies and supported by the European Commission to accelerate the transition to full open access in scientific publishing. EuChemS is currently preparing a Position Paper with the aim of addressing some of the concerns with Plan S, as well as to look at possible ways forward that take into account the concerns of all stakeholders. Read the full article online here


Equality in Chemistry? A Royal Society of Chemistry report delves into the barriers facing women in the chemical sciences

The Royal Society of Chemistry recently published an extensive report which explores the barriers to women’s retention and progression in the chemical sciences, along with a series of recommendations to tackle the issue. Whilst change is happening, if it continues at the current rate, “a simple statistical analysis of the data tells us that we will never reach gender parity”. You can read the full report here.


But that's not all! This edition also has articles on: EFSA Stakeholder Bureau meets in Brussels; Plastics and antibiotic resistance – the European Parliament votes on key issues; 'Industrial trans fats in foods - setting a legal limit' - EuChemS responds to European Commission call for feedback.

Read the full article online.


Public Consultation on the active substance ferric pyrophosphate.

Deadline: 10 December2018
Drop us a line and send us your feedback 
if you wish to contribute to an EuChemS response!


EuChemS Service and Lecture Awards nominations open!

Deadline: 31 December 2018

Chemistry Rediscovered - EYCN video competition

Deadline: 31 January 2019


Setting their Table: Women and the Periodic Table of Elements

Murcia, Spain
11 - 12 February 2019


1st GHI World Congress on Food Safety and Security (GHI2019)

Leiden, Netherlands
24 - 28 March 2019


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

Lecce, Italy
2 - 6 June 2019


17th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment – ICCE2019

Thessaloniki, Greece
16 - 20 June 2019


International Summer School on Natural Products (ISSNP)

Naples, Italy
1 - 5 July 2019

6th International Conference on the Chemistry and Physics of the Transactinide Elements (TAN 19)

Wilhelmshaven, Germany
25 - 30 August 2019



High-level conference EU research and innovation in our daily life

Brussels, Belgium
27 November 2018


European Cancer Forum - Changing the future of cancer in Europe

Brussels, Belgium
4 December 2018


Launch of the 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)

29 January 2019
Paris, France



EuChemS Lecture Award & EuChemS Award for Service nominations open!

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Chemistry in Europe #2018-4

The 4th edition of Chemistry in Europe 2018 is now available online.
The newsletter includes a number of interesting and highly relevant contributions, news, and upcoming events, such as an editorial by Robert Parker, RSC CEO and Member of the Executive Board on the recent EuChemS Chemistry Congress in Liverpool; an analysis on Open Education; input from the European Young Chemists’ Network and the Professional Networks; as well as news concerning the new Periodic Table we published, and a summary of the online course on Good Chemistry.


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