EuCheMS Brussels News Updates, June 2015

General European Highlights


Scientific Community Manages to Change Juncker Plan
There is encouraging news regarding EuCheMS public position on the reallocation of Horizon 2020 Funds to a new European Investment Fund, the so-called Juncker Plan.
Following pressure from the scientific community, amongst others from EuCheMS, and negative feedback from the European Parliament Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), the European Commission has now presented a new proposal safeguarding funding for ERC, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, and for the programme Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation, even though cuts will be made to the overall Horizon 2020 budget. The new Commission proposal will still have to be approved by both European Parliament and the Council of European Union.
Sourceshttp://europa.eu/ ; http://www.sciencebusiness.net/news/
 
Zero Carbon Energy
Once again EuCheMS gathered some of the best minds from the scientific community to discuss which solutions chemistry can provide to our contemporary societal challenges. On the 27 May in Edinburgh, EuCheMS, together with the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry, brought together top chemists to discuss how ‘Zero Carbon Energy’ future can be achieved. The lectures engaged a participative audience with themes ranging from the energy-food-water trilemma, to dye-sensitised solar cells, systems allowing sunlight to decompose water directly into hydrogen and oxygen, and hydrogen storage by reaction with aromatic hydrocarbons.
Source: http://www.euchems.eu/news/

(Re)searching for Jobs
This event, which took place in Brussels on the 2 June and was chaired by MEP Catherine Stihler, brought together academia, industry, policy-makers and citizens to discuss the many barriers that young researchers face when entering the labour market. Discussion was underpinned by the first European Employment Survey for Chemists and Chemical Engineers. Presentations, available here, were followed by questions from the audience on how to further develop the quality of curricula and how to innovate in contents. Providing long-term financial incentives from the EU, was mentioned as a possible solution. Other questions revolved around the discrepancies in job opportunities and salaries between EU countries which shall be harmonised to avoid a vicious circle where low GDP countries educate students that after will be “forced” to move abroad, thus not contributing to the creation of value in their original countries. More info can be found at Chemical & Engineering News.
Sourcehttp://www.euchems.eu/news/

The First European Employment Survey for Chemists and Chemical Engineers
Which country pays its chemists and chemical engineers the highest salaries? Where can a chemist find a new job the quickest? Which chemical sub-discipline offers most jobs? Reliable answers for these and other questions have been derived from the first European employment survey for chemists and chemical engineers, which might be the first of a regular series. The survey was carried out in 2013 and its results have now been published at Chemistry- a European Journal under DOI: 10.1002/chem.201501364.
The pdf version of the survey is available here, the html version is available here.
Source: http://www.euchems.eu/news/
 
Graphene Discussed at the European Parliament
Bendable and transparent smart phones, lighter air planes... All this and much more could soon become reality thanks to graphene. On 2 June at the STOA workshop chaired by Member of European Parliament Paul Rübig, MEPs discussed with experts the potential of using graphene in various sectors, from electronics to health. Over the next 10 years the EU will invest €1 billion in developing graphene-based technologies through the Graphene Flagship initiative, which is part of the Horizon 2020 programme. During his intervention, Nobel Prize laureate Konstantin Novoselov, who co-discovered graphene, said: “The most important outcome would be that Europe keeps playing a leading role in innovation and production. By the end of the 10 years [of the Flagship programme], we need to have the new graphene - the next wonder material.”
Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/
 
EU-Japan Cooperation in Research
A new agreement was signed to encourage young top scientists in Japan to join European Research Council (ERC) research teams in Europe. The President of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Prof.Yuichiro  Anzai, and the European Commission's  Deputy  Director-General  for Research and Innovation,  Dr Wolfgang Burtscher, signed  the agreement which will allow recipients of the JSPS's Research Fellowships for Young Scientists, who can come to Europe for scientific visits, temporarily becoming part of teams led by ERC grant holders.
Sourcehttp://erc.europa.eu/
 
10th Edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week
The 10th edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) takes place this week from 15th to 19th June. Since its start, the EUSEW has become the key European event for public authorities, energy agencies, private companies, NGOs and industry associations working to meet the EU's energy and climate goals. It features activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions all over Europe.
Sourcehttps://ec.europa.eu/energy/
 
Montenegro Now a Full Member Country of COST
Last month the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of the COST Association admitted Montenegro as the 36th Member of the COST Association.
Based on a European intergovernmental framework for cooperation in science and technology, COST has been contributing - since its creation in 1971 - to closing the gap between science, policy makers and society. COST supports trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe.
Source: http://www.cost.eu/media/

 

Funding Updates and Awards


BioBased Industries Joint-Undertaking 2015 Calls for Proposals
26 June 2015
Brussels, Belgium
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking Call for Proposals 2015
Deadline: 27 August 2015
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF)
Deadline:  10 September 2015
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
Call for Developing Governance for the Advancement of Responsible Research and Innovation
Deadline: 16 September 2015
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
Call for Promoting Gender Equality in Research and Innovation
Deadline:  16 September 2015
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/

 

Consultations and Roadmaps

 
Public Consultation on the Circular Economy
The European Commission has opened a public consultation to collect views on the main policy options for developing an ambitious new approach on the Circular Economy. Stakeholders' input will help feed the preparation of the new action plan, to be presented by the end of 2015.
The policy options for developing a competitive Circular Economy in Europe will look at waste policy and beyond and address the full product lifecycle, taking into account the situation in all Member States. It will include actions on intelligent product design, reuse and repair of products, recycling, sustainable consumption, waste policy, recycling levels, smart use of raw materials, stronger markets for secondary raw materials and specific sectorial measures.
Deadline: 20 August 2015
Website: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/
 
Public consultation on the active substance Linuron
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has published a public consultation on the active substance Linuron.
Deadline: 19 July 2015
Websitehttp://www.efsa.europa.eu/

 

Business Updates


Measuring REACH and CLP Enforcement - New Study 
The enforcement of EU legislation plays an essential role in ensuring that the Internal Market for goods works effectively so as to create jobs and growth. This is a top priority for the current Commission. In this context, and following a recommendation of the REACH review published in 2013, the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, has mandated work to develop a set of indicators to measure and monitor the enforcement of two key regulations on chemicals: REACH and CLP. A report on the results of the study, proposing 50 enforcement indicators for regulations on chemicals, has now been published.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/
 
The SME Instrument: Some Hints for Greater Success 
Since its 2014 launch the SME instrument has attracted applications from across Europe. But the quality is low, with only 12% passing the quality threshold. Bernd Reichert, head of unit at the Executive Agency for SMEs, offers tips for success in a Science|Business article.
The Commission is receiving many applications for grants from its SME instrument, but only 12% are meeting the criteria for commercialisation potential. The remaining 88% come from SMEs that have potentially good ideas but are unlikely to succeed. Resubmitting proposals or giving greater focus to the business plan are some of the proposed tips.
Sourcehttp://www.sciencebusiness.net/news/

 

 

Upcoming EuCheMS Recognised Events

 
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
 
Third 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
 
15th European Conference on Solid State Chemistry
23 - 26 August 2015
Vienna, Austria
Sourcehttps://ecssc15.univie.ac.at/
 
WIFO 2015 - GDCh Chemistry Forum
30 August - 02 September 2015
Dresden, Germany
Sourcehttp://www.wifo2015.de/
 
10th European Conference on Computational Chemistry
31 August - 03 September 2015
Fula, Germany
http://www.euco-cc-2015.org/

 

Forthcoming Events


EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015
15 - 19 June 2015
Brussels, Belgium
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
Driving Road Decarbonisation Forwards
18 June 2015
Brussels, Belgium
Websitehttp://europa.eu/newsroom/
 
A New Start for Europe: Opening up to an ERA of Innovation
22 - 23 June 2015
Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
European Technical School on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2015 
22 - 26 June 2015
Heraklion, Greece
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
Closing the Loop - Circular Economy: Boosting Business, Reducing Waste 
25 June 2015
Brussels, Belgium
Website:  http://ec.europa.eu/growth/
 
STS Contro-Corrente Seminars: Prof. Daniel Sarewitz 
25 June
Ispra, Italy
Website: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/
 
The Helix Nebula Initiative: Towards a European Open Science Cloud
26 June 2015
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
3rd Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation
29 June - 3 July 2015
Athens, Greece
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
European Commission Dialogues Public Engagement about Science, Technology and Innovation - Mostar 
6 - 7 July 2015,
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Websitehttps://ec.europa.eu/jrc/
 
European Commission Dialogues: Public Engagement about Science, Technology and Innovation - Split
9 - 10 July 2015
Split, Croatia
Website:  https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/

 

Workshop on Endangered Elements, Brussels, 22 September 2015 - Save the Date!

Workshop organised by EuCheMS and chaired by MEP Ian Duncan. More info will soon be published at www.euchems.eu

 

The Chemist Towards Europe and the World @ Expo 2015

23 June &  7 July 2015, 11:00 @ EU Pavilion
Valery S. Petrosyan - Moscow State University, Russia; Clare Grey - University of Cambridge, UK
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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