Brussels News Updates, May 2015

General European Highlights


Ypres 1915 - 2015
On the occasion of the 100 years of the first mass use of chemical weapons, EuCheMS published a press release "Chemists Against Chemical Weapons", recalling the horrors and the errors that took place in Ypres on the 22nd April 1915 and underlining the importance of memory in responsible science. In addition to this, EuCheMS President Prof. David Cole-Hamilton was invited at the commemoration in Ypres and was featured in a number of articles and interviews where he pledged the support of EuCheMS to the Declaration of Ypres.
Sourcehttp://www.euchems.eu/news/
 
Innovation Performance: EU Member States and International Competitors Compared
The European Commission has recently published a fact sheet explaining the objectives of the Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS) and providing an overview of the research and innovation performance of EU Member States and some associated and neighbouring countries, as measured by the IUS 2015. In the international scene, the EU comes at fourth place after South Korea, USA and Japan.
Sourcehttp://europa.eu/rapid/
 
Learn How People Learn Around Europe
Eurydice, a network whose task is to understand and explain how Europe’s different education systems are organised and how they work, has recently launched a new website.
With the improved website visitors will be able to find detailed descriptions and overviews of national education systems, comparative thematic reports and factual reports related to education, namely higher education and international cooperation, across more than 35 European countries.
Sourcehttps://webgate.ec.europa.eu/  
 
EU Proposes Global Phase-down of HFCs under Montreal Protocol
The European Commission, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, has submitted a proposal to amend the Montreal Protocol on protecting the ozone layer.   
The proposed amendment aims to limit the global production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) − part of the family of fluorinated gases which are used in refrigeration and air-conditioning. These were introduced to replace certain ozone-depleting substances. Since HFCs are harmful climate warming gases, the proposal contributes to international efforts to fight climate change.
Sourcehttp://ec.europa.eu/clima/news/
 
Nitrogen – Finding a Balance
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has recently published a Science Brief on how human activities have dramatically altered the nitrogen cycle, even more than the global carbon cycle. The science brief reports that the planetary boundary for nitrogen has been breached by a factor of two, making nitrogen one of the most urgent pressures on the Earth system. However, nitrogen also plays an important role in food security, it has been estimated that without chemical nitrogen fertiliser, only three billion people would have enough food given current diets and agricultural practices.
Source: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/
 
European Research Council Annual Report
The European Research Council (ERC), whose mission is to promote superior, frontiers research in Europe through competitive funding, has published its annual report presenting their 2014 activities and achievements.  2014 was the year in which three more of ERC´s leading minds became Nobel laureates and two Fields medallists.
Sourcehttp://bookshop.europa.eu/
 
Further Strengthening EuCheMS-ECTN Cooperation
EuCheMS  and ECTN Presidents, Prof. David Cole-Hamilton and Prof. Francesco De Angelis, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the ECTN General Assembly in Ljubljana on the 27th April 2015. The MoU foresees the mutual recognition and endorsement of a number of activities such as conferences and meetings, public consultations and policy issues, the chemistry quality Eurolabels, European Chemist professional designation.
Source: http://www.euchems.eu/news/

Funding Updates and Awards


Call for Proposals, ESOF 2016 Science Programme
Deadline: 1 June 2015
Website: http://www.esof.eu/Science-as-Revolution.html
 
Spain - Israel 7th Call for Proposals for Joint R&D Projects
Deadline: 18 June 2015
Website: http://www.eurekanetwork.org/
 
Korea–Spain Call for Proposals for Joint R&D Projects
Deadline: 31 August 2015
Website: http://www.eurekanetwork.org/

Call for Making Science Education and Careers Attractive for Young People
Deadline: 
16 September 2015
Website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
Call for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation
Deadline: 
16 September 2015
Website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
1st European Prize for Organometallic Chemistry Awarded to Professor Malcom Green 
The first European Prize for Organometallic Chemistry was awarded to Professor Malcom L. H. Green, Oxford University, UK for his outstanding contributions to the field of organometallic chemistry including pioneering studies of molybdenocene and tungstenocene systems, novel methods for molecular inorganic synthesis, for catalysis and for carbon materials as well as fundamental studies of alpha- and beta-hydrogen migratory insertions and C-H bond activations.
The Prize ceremony and a lecture by the winner will take place at the 21st European Conference on Organometallic Chemistry in Bratislava, 5 – 9 July 2015.
Sourcehttp://www.euchems.eu/news/
 
IUPAC 2015 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
The twelve awardees of the IUPAC 2015 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering have now been revealed. The awardees have been selected based on excellence in basic or applied research, distinguished accomplishments in teaching or education, or demonstrated leadership or managerial excellence in the chemical sciences. The Awards Committee has been particularly interested in nominees with a history of leadership and/or community service during their careers.
EuCheMS would like to congratulate all the awardees and is very pleased to see that EuCheMS supported nominees have received the award.
An Award ceremony will take place during the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Busan, Korea, on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 and coinciding with the symposium: Women in Chemistry: Gaining Momentum.
Source : http://www.iupac.org/news/

Consultations and Roadmaps

 
Roadmap: Circular Economy Strategy
The European Commission has published the roadmap for its new Circular Economy Strategy.
Supply  concentration  of  resources,  particularly  critical  raw  materials outside the EU , makes EU industry and society dependent on imports and vulnerable to high prices,  market volatility, and  the  political situation in supplying countries. 
The strategy announces, amongst other actions, that appropriate stakeholder consultation will be carried out in the preparation for the new Circular Economy initiative, including an online consultation and a stakeholder meeting.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/
 
Consultation on the Role of Research in Global Food and Nutrition Security
The European Commission has launched an online consultation on how science and innovation can help the EU ensuring safe, nutritious, sufficient and sustainable food globally. The discussion is linked to the theme of this year's Expo Milano 2015  "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life".
EuCheMS and the CNC, aware of the importance of this debate, have prepared a series of lectures on food and energy that will take place at Expo 2015.
Deadline: 15 September 2015
Website: http://europa.eu/expo2015/node/286
 
EMA Releases Draft Reflection Paper for Public Consultation
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a draft reflection paper that outlines the chemical structure and properties criteria to be considered by EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) for the evaluation of a new active substance status. The reflection paper also outlines the elements that applicants are required to include in their marketing authorisation applications in support of their new active substance status claim.
Deadline: 24 July 2015
Websitehttp://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/
 
Public Consultation on the Active Substance Isoxaflutole
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has published a public consultation on the active substance Isoxaflutole.
Deadline: 15 June 2015
Websitehttp://www.efsa.europa.eu/

Business Updates


Seminar on Applications for Authorisation
ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, is organising a seminar to improve future applicants' knowledge of the authorisation application procedure. The seminar is targeting people with a basic understanding of the application for authorisation process and, in particular, those with an intention to apply for authorisation or those who will be helping companies to apply.
The event will take place at ECHA's premises in Helsinki from 29 June to 30 June. The deadline for registration is 1 June 2015.
Source: http://echa.europa.eu/
 
MEPs Vote to Cap Emissions of Medium Combustion Plants
EU countries would have to enforce sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emission limits upon medium-sized combustion plants, such as electricity generators or heating systems for domestic, residential or industrial use, under draft plans approved by the Environment Committee on Wednesday. Members of European Parliament (MEPs) voted to adapt the scheme to match the plants’ thermal input, so as to reduce the administrative burden on small businesses.
Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/

Upcoming EuCheMS Recognised Events

 
Bunsentagung 2015
14 - 16 May 2015
Bochum, Germany
Websitehttp://www.bunsen.de/bunsentagung2015
              
6th European Conference on Chemistry for Life Sciences
10 – 12 June 2015
Lisbon, Portugal
Website: http://6eccls.eventos.chemistry.pt/
 
XL Edition of the "Attilio Corbella" International Summer School on Organic Synthesis
14 – 18 June 2015
Gargnano, Italy
Websitehttp://www.corbellasummerschool.unimi.it/
 
VIII International School on Organometallic Chemistry Marcial Moreno Mañas
15 - 17 June 2015
Seville, Spain
Websitehttp://school2015.orfeo-cinqa.es/
 
CoCoTea 2015
22 - 24 June 2015
Aveiro, Portugal
Websitehttp://www.cocotea2015.com/
 
EuCheMS-CNC talks @ Expo 2015: Valery Petrosyan, Remediation of Eco-Systems Contaminated with Priority Toxic Substances
23 June 2015
Milan, Italy
Website: www.euchems.eu
 
3rd EuCheMS Inorganic Chemistry Conference "Chemistry Over the Horizon"
28 June - 01 July 2015
Wrocław, Poland
Websitehttp://euchems.chem.uni.wroc.pl/
 
31st conference of the International Society of Chemical Ecology
29 June – 3 July 2015
Stockholm, Sweden
Website­­http://www.isce2015.com/
 
SCF´15: Chemistry and Energy Transition
04 - 09 July 2015
Lille, France
Websitehttp://www.scf15.fr/
 
21st European Conference on Organometallic Chemistry
05 - 09 July 2015
Bratislava, Slovakia
Website: http://www.eucomcxxi.eu/
 
EuCheMS-CNC Lectures @ Expo 2015: Clare Grey, Energy Storage
07 July 2015
Milan, Italy
Website: www.euchems.eu
 
8th Summer School of the Euromaster Measurement Science in Chemistry
12 - 25 July 2015
Puławy, Poland
Websitehttp://www.msc-euromaster.eu/
 
19th European Symposium of Organic Chemistry
12 - 16 July 2015
Lisboa, Portugal
Websitehttp://esocxix.eventos.chemistry.pt/
 
In Vino Analytica Scientia 2015
14 - 17 July 2015
Mezzocorona, Italy
Websitehttp://eventi.fmach.it/IVAS2015

Zero Carbon Economy: The Future

27 May 2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
During this event co-organised by EuCheMS, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry, leading chemists will discuss possible ways in which energy can be provided and stored with no greenhouse gas emissions.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/
 

(Re)searching for Jobs

2 June 2015
Brussels, Belgium
This workshop, chaired by Catherine Stihler, MEP, will bring together the points of view of young chemists, academia, industry, and policy makers on the barriers that researchers face when entering the labour market. 
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/events/
Registrationhttp://www.eventbrite.co.uk/
 

Forthcoming Events


18th European Forum on Eco-Innovation 
20 – 21 May 2015
Barcelona, Spain
Websitehttps://ec.europa.eu/jrc/
 
12th International Conference of Young Scientists on Energy Issues 
27 - 28 May 2015
Kaunas, Lithuania
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
Endocrine Disruptors: Criteria for Identification and Related Impacts
1 June 2015
Brussels, Belgium
Websitehttp://europa.eu/
 
23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
1 - 4 June 2015
Vienna, Austria
Websitehttp://europa.eu/
 
WIRE 2015 - Week for Innovative Regions in Europe
4 - 5 June 2015
Riga, Latvia
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
European Training School and Conference on Organic Photovoltaic Stability
4 - 11 June 2015
Cargèse, France
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
EuroNanoForum 2015 Conference
10 - 12 June 2015
Riga, Latvia
Websitehttp://europa.eu/
 
1st Innovative Enterprise Week
15 - 17 June 2015
Riga, Latvia
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015
15 - 19 June 2015
Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/

Energy Science Technology 2015

20 - 22 May 2015
Karlsruhe, Germany
Websitehttp://www.est-conference.com/
 

EuCheMS-CNC @ Expo 2015

11 June 2015, 11:00 @ EU Pavilion
Where Food Begins: The Role of Soils for Food Security and Food Safety, Luca MontanarellaEuropean Commission, DG JRC
A series of EuCheMS-CNC lectures, The Chemist Towards Europe and the World, will take place during Expo 2015 in Milan.
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/events/

6th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

11 - 15 September 2016
Seville, Spain
Websitehttp://euchems-seville2016.eu/

EuCheMS Newsletter May Issue

Do not miss the May issue of EuCheMS Newsletter featuring articles on EuCheMS´ strategic planning, EuCheMS-ECTN closer cooperation, Chemistry for the Future of Europe, Solar-Driven Chemistry, Updates on EuCheMS Congress 2016, and much more!
 
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13.05.2015

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