September 2018

Hello and welcome to EuChemS - Brussels News Updates!

Welcome to the September edition of Brussels News Updates – your monthly overview of Chemistry in Europe, our activities, Chemistry events across Europe and more!

This August, the Chemistry community made its way to the lively city of Liverpool, UK, for our 7th EuChemS Chemistry Congress! Surrounded by beautiful brick-built docks, Beatles tunes and traditional scouse, a line-up of outstanding speakers presented their latest research, students displayed their exceptional posters, and participants discussed, debated and networked throughout the busy week. The Congress in turn witnessed many novelties and important events: the launching of our new name, acronym, and logo; a series of awards, including the first European Chemistry Gold Medal, awarded to Professor Ben Feringa; the publishing of the EuChemS Position Paper on Horizon Europe; as well as the sight of thousands of chemists rock ‘n’ rolling to Twist and Shout…

So scroll down to read all about the Congress and other news! Or click here to read the full newsletter.


EuChemS Position Paper on Horizon Europe

EuChemS has published a Position Paper outlining our vision for the next research framework programme, Horizon Europe which will succeed the well known Horizon 2020 funding progamme. In our position we have called for a more ambitious budget, boosts to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and the European Research Council (ERC) budgets, have reiterated our support for excellent science, as well as the notion of ‘Missions’ put forward by the European Commission. Finally, EuChemS had emphasised the fact that science knows no borders, and that countries that have in the past participated in research framework programmes, should be able to do so again in Horizon Europe. Read the full article here.


Plan S launched

On 4 September, a coalition of national research funders, with support from the European Commission launched ‘Plan S’, a commitment to accelerate the transition to open access in scientific publishing. The initiative was held under the backing of Science Europe and with the support of Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission’s open access envoy. The initiative has the potential of fundamentally altering the scientific publishing landscape, as well as accelerating the transition to Open Science more generally. Read our full debrief here.

Meanwhile, the European Research Council will start recognising preprints.


Drinking water, carbon dioxide emissions and medicine assessments: European Parliament updates

The European Parliament had a busy week this September as they discussed and debated a number of highly important and relevant topics through plenaries and Committee meetings. Focus this time on tighter rules for safe drinking water, carbon dioxide emissions from cars, and enabling more efficient medicine assessments and accessibility. Click here for more.


Looking back at the 7th EuChemS Chemistry Congress

On 26 August, close to 1500 participants came together in the city of Liverpool, UK, to share their enthusiasm and passion for the wide field of Chemistry. Over 5 days, an outstanding line-up of speakers shared their latest research and discoveries; students and early-career chemists displayed their findings and work through inspiring posters. And in between, people from different backgrounds, with different experiences, and from across the world, were able to network and create new bonds and find common ways forward. 

Read our summary of the wonderful event here - and mark your calendars for the 8th EuChemS Chemistry Congress to be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2020!


EuChemS Awards at the EuChemS Chemistry Congress

This year's EuChemS Congress witnessed the awarding of the European Chemistry Gold Medal to Professor Ben Feringa, as well as the EuChemS Award for Service 2018 to Professors Francesco De Angelis, Sergio Facchetti and Reiner Salzer. The oustanding work done by young chemists was celebrated with the European Young Chemist Award (EYCA), whilst the work of Professor Paul Dyson was rewarded with the European Sustainable Chemistry Award (ESCA), an award of the EuChemS Division of Green and Sustainable Chemistry and the EuChemS Division of Chemistry and the Environment. Click here for a full debrief!


EuChemS: the European Chemical Society

Not sure what EuChemS does, how it was formed and who it represents? Our Vice-President David Cole-Hamilton delves into our activities, history and future outlook in an essay published in ChemPubSoc’s Chemistry, a European Journal. Click here!


But that's not all! click here to access our full newsletter! 


Open Consultation on the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation

Deadline: 15 October 2018
Drop us a line and send us your feedback 
if you wish to contribute to an EuChemS response!

Open Consultation on the evaluation of EU drug precursors regulation

Deadline: 17 October 2018
Drop us a line and send us your feedback 
if you wish to contribute to an EuChemS response!

EIC Horizon Prize for ‘Early warning for epidemics’

Deadline: 1 September 2020

EIC Horizon Prize for ‘Fuel from the sun: artificial photosynthesis’

Deadline: 3 February 2021


XII Italian Food Chemistry Congress (CHIMALI 2018)

Camerino, Italy
24 – 27 September


27th EuChemS Conference on Molten Salts and Ionic Liquids (EuChemSIL2018)

Lisbon, Portugal
7 – 12 October


East-West Chemistry Conference 2018 (EWCC2018)

Lviv, Ukraine
10 – 12 October


NEXT 2018 - 18*Congresso Nazionale dei Chimici

Bologna, Italy
12 – 13 October


MicrobiotaMI 2018

Milan, Italy
5 – 7 November

14th International Conference on Polysaccharides-Glycoscience (14th ICPG)

Prague, Czech Republic
7 – 9 November



European Parliament Workshop on Parkinson's disease: causes and cures

A workshop organised by the European Chemical Society (EuChemS), the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) and chaired by Member of the European Parliament Pavel Poc will look at Parkinson’s disease: causes and cures at the European Parliament on 8 November 2018.

Registration is now open! Click here to regsiter and for further information (outline, programme, speakers, abstracts).



European Parliament Workshop on Parkinson's disease: causes and cures

8 November
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium


Horizon Europe

Read our full Position Paper with amendments on Horizon Europe here! And consult our Info Sheet for an overview of our position.


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