EuCheMS Brussels News Updates
BNU October 2017
European Highlights

EuCheMS General Assembly 2017

The 2017 EuCheMS General Assembly annual meetings took place in La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy, on the 25, 26 and 27 September. This year´s GA was marked, among other, by the signing of the position paper Research and Education Without Borders After Brexit, in which EuCheMS Members stated their support to the continued scientific…


Making Solar-Driven Chemistry a Reality

Solar-Driven Chemistry is a visionary concept that aims to create chemical reactions by using the energy from the sun in order to guarantee the welfare of future generations. In the follow-up of EuCheMS white paper on Solar-Driven Chemistry, EuCheMS is organising a meeting on 16 October with European national funders and EU officials in order…


Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Jacques Dubochet  (University of Lausanne, Switzerland), Joachim Frank (Columbia University, USA), and Richard Henderson (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK) for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution. Due to this type of microscopy that…


New EU Environmental Standards for Large Combustion Plants

EU Member States have recently approved new standards on resources and emissions which will help national authorities to lower the environmental impact of around 3 500 large combustion plants. The new specifications were developed through an inclusive, transparent and evidence-based process involving Member States, industry and environmental non-governmental organisations. The specifications set, for the first…


Identifying Endocrine Disruptors: Parliament Blocks Plans Exempting Some Pesticides

The European Parliament recently blocked an EU Commission proposal which would have exempted some chemicals in pesticides from being identified as endocrine disruptors. Members of the European Parliament say that the Commission exceeded its mandate by proposing to exempt substances which are actually designed to attack an organism’s endocrine system, e.g. in pests, from the…


Public Hearing on Monsanto Papers and Glyphosate

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) discussed the EU risk assessment of the herbicide glyphosate, in the light of the so-called “Monsanto Papers”, with experts in a public hearing which took place on 11 October. Glyphosate is a widely used, but highly controversial plant protection product and the active substance in Monsanto's weed killer Roundup.…


Expert Evaluation Joint Programming on Metrology Research

Earlier this month, the European Commission published the Final evaluation of the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) and interim evaluation of the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR). The report, prepared by an independent expert group for the Commission, provides a clear endorsement of the metrology initiatives. It supports the full continuation of…


Current Brexit Negotiations

The fifth round of the Brexit negotiations started earlier this month, and in a speech made at the European Parliament, EU´s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier stated that “Our attitude will remain resolutely constructive because we want to succeed. We want to build an ambitious and lasting partnership with the United Kingdom – which will become…


EU and FAO Join Forces to Take Action on AMR

European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis and the Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) José Graziano da Silva, recently agreed to increase the collaboration between the two organisations in tackling the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on farms and food systems. The agreement envisages as possible actions…


EU Countries Should use Pesticides More Sustainably

The report on the sustainable use of pesticides Directive recently adopted by the European Commission takes stock of progress made by the EU Member States in applying measures to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticides. It covers a wide range of topics such as aerial spraying, information to the public or training of professionals.…


Air Quality in Europe 2017

The European Environment Agency has recently published the 2017 edition of “Air Quality in Europe”. This report presents an updated overview and analysis of air quality in Europe from 2000 to 2015. Among other, it reviews the progress made towards meeting the air quality standards established in the two European Ambient Air Quality Directives, and…


Impact of ERC Research

A new independent study published in September, shows the impact of the European Research Council's (ERC) funded research. According to this study, 73% of projects evaluated have made breakthroughs or major scientific advances. The report also found that the ERC is achieving its goals of funding high-risk/high-gain projects and interdisciplinary frontier research. The study furthermore…


Western Balkans Research Foundation

Following the recommendation of the “Joint Science Conference”, which was jointly organised by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the French Académie des sciences, the Heads of State and Government decided at the Western Balkans Conference on 12 July in Trieste, Italy, to establish a foundation to support junior scientists at…


2nd World Open Educational Resources Congress

The second World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress closed as experts and national delegates from 111 countries adopted by acclamation the 2017 Ljubljana OER Action Plan. This action plan presents 41 recommended actions to mainstream open-licensed resources to help all Member States to build Knowledge Societies and achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 4…


Schools Going Digital

The European Commission has launched the trial version of SELFIE, a new tool to support schools in self-assessing the use of digital technologies. 600 schools from 14 countries have the opportunity to try the new tool in this pilot phase, before it is finalised and made available to interested schools in Europe early 2018. SELFIE…

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Patent Case Studies

A new publication by the European Patent Office (EPO) provides concrete examples of how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can use intellectual property (IP) to their advantage. It not only illustrates the variety of approaches to using IP and their many advantages, but each study also contains a list of specific recommendations. In a highly…

Consultations and Roadmaps

Public Consultation in Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) and Patent Research Exemptions

With this consultation the Commission seeks the views of stakeholders on the Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC) and patent research exemption of SPCs. Citizens and stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on their experience and knowledge, which the Commission will carefully analyse before deciding whether and to what extent it should take further action. SPCs are…


Evaluation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive

The main objective of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) 91/271/EEC is to protect the environment from the adverse effects of waste water discharges from urban areas and certain industrial sectors by setting requirements for the collection and treatment of urban waste water. The evaluation will assess five criteria: effectiveness, coherence, efficiency, relevance, and…


Amendments of the Annexes to REACH for Registration of Nanomaterials

The Commission is requesting feedback on amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards Annexes I, III,VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII to address nanoforms of substances.
7 November 2017


EFSA Public Consultation on The Active Substance Milbemectin

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will assess all comments from interested parties regarding the active substance Milbemectin. Input is requested on the following: physical/chemical properties; details of uses and further information; methods of analysis; mammalian toxicology; residues; and environmental fate and behaviour.
Deadline: 11 December 2017

Calls for Funding and Awards

EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018




Era Chairs


ERC Synergy Grant


EuCheMS European Chemistry Gold Medal


EuCheMS Lecture Award


EuCheMS Historical Landmarks

EuCheMS Events

13th ICPG - 13th International Conference on Polysaccharides and Glycoscience


Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry - ABCChem


16EPI - 16th Iberian Peptide Meeting / 4GEQB - 4th Chemical Biology Group Meeting


ChemCYS 2018 – 14th Chemistry Conference for Young Scientists


EuCheMS Executive Board Meeting

Other Events

Science Delivery for Sustainable Use of the Baltic Sea Living Resources


Raising Perspectives for Talented Researchers by Institutions Implementing the HRS4R


Nature-based solutions: from innovation to common-use


3rd Testing the Waters Conference: Wastewater-Based Drug Epidemiology


Raw Materials Week 2017




World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017


New Tools for Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation in Research and Innovation Programmes


Clean Air Forum

Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry - ABCChem

Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry - ABCChem

23 – 26 January 2018

Cancún, Mexico


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7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress - ECC7

7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress - ECC7

26 - 30 August 2018

Liverpool, UK



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