EuCheMS Brussels News Updates, April 2015

General European Highlights


EuCheMS Year Book 2014
EuCheMS published its Year Book for 2014. This publication contains a rich overview of the association´s activities, awards and Member Organisations. Special attention is given to the work of EuCheMS Divisions and Working Parties, the thematic sections of EuCheMS. The publication is downloadable here.
Sourcewww.euchems.eu
 
EuCheMS Awards: Call for Nominations
EuCheMS, which is particularly aware of the crucial role that the recognition of merit plays in the advancement of chemistry, has launched a call for nominations for the EuCheMS Award for Service and the EuCheMS Lecture Award.
The Award for Service acknowledges outstanding commitment with regard to fostering chemistry and molecular sciences in Europe and the goals of EuCheMS. Nominations must demonstrate achievements for improved competitiveness, visibility, coherence or structure of chemistry in Europe.
The Lecture Award serves to promote excellence in research and scientific cooperation among chemists in Europe. The Lecture is normally awarded annually to a prominent chemist from a European country.
Nomination forms are downloadable here: Service AwardLecture Award  
Deadline: 30 June 2015
 
Members of the European Parliament Waiting for New Waste Package
The European Commission announced during a European Parliament debate that will soon present a new action plan and directive on waste, after having withdrawn its original proposal. According to the Commission, the new package will be more ambitious and will have a strong focus on circular economy. MEPs saw the new waste package as an opportunity to promote a more ambitious and integrated approach to waste management, with concerns with the sustainability of materials´ management, namely raw materials, and the creation of synergies between different sectors. During the debate, the Commission also announced that a public consultation on this new proposal will take place in the upcoming months.
Sourcehttp://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/;  http://www.europarl.europa.eu/
 
Reports on MOOC Strategies in Europe
The European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) published a report on Institutional Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) strategies in Europe. It presents data on the perception and objectives of European higher education institutions on MOOCs and the main drivers behind the MOOC movement. The report made clear that involvement in Europe is still increasing, but also that arguments to get involved differ from those in the United States.
Moreover, EADTU and several institutions, projects and associations have recently drafted the Porto Declaration stating the need to further develop European MOOCs and inviting other organisations to support this declaration.
Sourcehttp://www.openuped.eu/http://www.eadtu.eu

European Commissioner Praises the Role of Researchers
In a recent speech on the Energy Union and renewables, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Commissioner Cañete, has highlighted European researchers, “one the best assets we have”. According to Commissioner Cañete, investing in renewable research and innovation is fundamental, namely in emerging areas, such as offshore wind, ocean energy or advanced biofuels.
Sourcehttp://europa.eu/
 
Ukraine Joins Horizon 2020 to Work with EU in Science and Research
Following an agreement for the Association of Ukraine to Horizon 2020, researchers, businesses and innovators from Ukraine will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries.
Sourcehttp://europa.eu/
 
Towards a Method for Cytotoxicity Screening of Nanomaterials 
The results of an inter-laboratory comparison study on a method for assessing the cytotoxicity of nanomaterials have been published. This is an important step towards a harmonised method for toxicity screening of nanomaterials.
Sourcehttps://ec.europa.eu/jrc/
 
New Information System on Raw Materials 
The JRC has launched the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), a comprehensive online repository of information on policies, activities and data related to the European raw materials sector. The RMIS supports a series of European Commission initiatives which aim to tackle the pressure on valuable resources and their more efficient use to the benefit of EU’s economies.
Sourcehttps://ec.europa.eu/jrc/
 
Moldova Report on the Implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy
A new Science and Innovation Code was adopted to stimulate innovation by fostering applied research and by encouraging closer cooperation between the academic and the research sectors. In March the Moldovan Academy of Sciences organised the official regional launch of the 'Horizon 2020' Programme while the agreement on Moldova’s participation in the 'Horizon 2020' Programme was signed in July. Moldova is the first Eastern Partnership country who signed up to the programme. Moldova currently participates in the Tempus programme, Erasmus Mundus, Marie Skodowska-Curie actions and Erasmus+.
Source: http://danube-inco.net/
 
European Investment Bank Backs Education, Innovation, and Research Investments
The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank meeting on 12th March approved more than EUR 9 billion of new loans to support long-term investment in 28 projects across the European Union, the Western Balkans, the Caucasus region, and South America. Agreed projects include improvements in education and research facilities, and investment in advanced R&D, amongst others.
Source: http://www.eib.org/infocentre/

Funding Updates and Awards


Europe as a Global Actor
Deadline: 12 May 2015
Website : http://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bio-Economy
Deadline: 11 June 2015
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
APPEAR - Fifth Call
Deadline: 31 July 2015
Websitehttp://www.appear.at/
 
FET-Open - Novel Ideas For Radically New Technologies - Research Projects
Deadline: 29 September 2015
Sourcehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/
 
Calls for proposals for ERC Proof of Concept Grant
Deadline: 1 October 2015
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/

Consultations and Roadmaps

 
Consultation on addressing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and LULUCF in the context of the 2030 EU climate and energy framework
The European Commission has launched the consultation on the integration of agriculture, forestry and other land use into the 2030 EU climate and energy policy framework. It seeks input on evaluation of current policies and the policy options to be assessed following the European Council's endorsement of the climate and energy framework in October 2014.
Deadline: 18 June 2015
Websitehttp://ec.europa.eu/clima/

Publicy Consultation on the Active Substance Oxathiapiproline 
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has published a public consultation on the active substance Oxathiapiproline. EFSA will assess and publish all comments from interested parties.
Deadline: 15 May 2015
Websitehttp://www.efsa.europa.eu/

Business Updates


Commission Supports Innovative SMEs with Over €130 Million in New Grants
387 innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are on track to receive a total of €130.6 million in new grants from Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme. These are the latest results of calls under the €3 billion SME Instrument, launched under Horizon 2020 to help innovative small firms get ideas from the lab to the market and help generate growth and jobs for Europe.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/research/

Upcoming EuCheMS Recognised Events


EuCheMS-CNC Lectures @ Expo 2015: Bert Weckhuysen, Towards a Circular Economy?
11 May 2015
Milan, Italy
Website: www.euchems.eu
 
Bunsentagung 2015
14 - 16 May 2015
Bochum, Germany
Websitehttp://www.bunsen.de/bunsentagung2015
 
Energy Science Technology Conference 2015
20 - 22 May 2015
Karlsruhe, Germany
Websitehttp://www.est-conference.com/
 
Edinburgh, 27 May
(Re)searching for Jobs
2 June 2015
Brussels, Belgium
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/ 
               
EuCheMS-CNC Lectures @ Expo 2015: Luca Montanarella, Where Food Begins: The Role of Soils
08 June 2015
Milan, Italy
Website: www.euchems.eu
 
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
 
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
 
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
 

EuCheMS-CNC @ Expo 2015

Prof. Bert Weckhuysen, 11 May 2015
A series of EuCheMS-CNC lectures will take place during Expo 2015 in Milan. Prof. Bert Weckhuysen, Utrecht University, will give his lecture “Towards a Circular Economy? – Catalysis for the Production of Biomass-Based Building Blocks” at the Palazzo delle Stelline - Corso Magenta 59/61, Milano, on 11 May, 15:00.
Sourcehttps://www.facebook.com/events/

(Re)searching for Jobs

2 June 2015
Brussels, Belgium
Websitewww.euchems.eu
 

Zero Carbon Economy: The Future

27 May 2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/events/
 

Energy Science Technology 2015

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

6th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

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