Hello and welcome to the July edition of Brussels News Updates, the monthly EuChemS newsletter keeping you up-to-date on the latest science-policy issues, news and upcoming events and awards.
From unveiling another EuChemS Historical Landmarks Award to joining chemists from across the world in Paris at the 47th IUPAC Congress, without forgetting the many major developments in the European Commission and Parliament, it has been a busy few weeks. But BNU is here to keep you in the loop and bring you the latest on our activities, upcoming events and much more besides!
European Highlights, Research, Innovation, Education, Entrepreneurship
EuChemS Historical Landmarks Award unveiled on the island of Crete
On 25 and 26 June, Chania, on the Greek island of Crete, witnessed the unveiling of the first regional EuChemS Historical Landmarks Award plaque, awarded to the industrial complex of ABEA. The site was to become in the 19th century, through the spectacular contribution of chemistry, a major player in the regional development of the island through the making of soaps derived from olive oil. Read the full story.
Chemists from across the world celebrate IUPAC centenary
A week-long event combined the 47th IUPAC Congress, the IUPAC General Assembly, and the celebrations of its 100-year anniversary. A EuChemS exhibition stand enabled participants to come and talk to our team, better understand the goals and activities of EuChemS and to find out more about upcoming events and projects. Read our full debrief on the event here.
Post-elections Brussels update
With the European Parliament political groups now formed, Members of the Parliament (MEPs) divided themselves into the different Committee groups. The Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), which played an important role in the formulation of the next EU research programme Horizon Europe, has retained many of the leading MEPs on the dossier, including Dan Nica, Christian Ehler and Jerzy Buzek. Read the full update here.
Finland begins EU Presidency
Finland began its third EU Presidency this month following the six-month Presidency of Romania. Finland has chosen the motto of ‘Sustainable Europe, sustainable future’ and has set priorities linked to strengthening the EU’s position as a global leader in climate action whilst preparing to play an important role in finalising Horizon Europe. Click for more information.
EU chemicals latest
It has been a busy month for EU chemicals legislators. First up, the latest European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) Committee for Risk Assessment on which EuChemS sits, met in order to discuss the increasing list of topics that the EU agency is looking at, with a special focus on microplastics. Meanwhile, policymakers, scientists and representatives from associations and industry attended the EU conference on EU Chemicals Policy 2030, which aimed to lay out the central aspects of the EU’s chemical policy in the coming years. Read the full debrief here.
Pesticides and bees
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has outlined how it plans to review its guidance on the risk assessment of pesticides and bees in the EU. More regular consultations with stakeholders and pesticide experts from EU Member States will take place throughout the process. A full public consultation and workshop will take place when the document has been drafted. Read more about this here.
Consultations & Roadmap
Take part in co-designing Horizon Europe!
Are you a scientist or interested citizen? Take part in the 20-minute survey to shape EU science! EuChemS will in turn also prepare an official response, to which you can also contribute by contacting us directly.
More information here.
Industrial emissions - evaluating EU rules
EU rules on industrial emissions aim to prevent or reduce pollution and waste generation from certain large industrial installations. The European Commission has launched a public consultation in order to assess how the EU rules are working and whether they benefit the public and industry.
If you would like to contribute to an EuChemS response, please drop us a line.
Deadline for feedback: 20 August 2019
Fundings, Nominations & Awards
European Chemistry Gold Medal
Every two years, the exceptional achievements of one scientist working in the field of chemistry in Europe are rewarded. The winner is awarded a gold medal and the opportunity to give the opening lecture at the next EuChemS Chemistry Congress (ECC).
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Horizon 2020: Sustainable Nano-fabrication
The challenge is to establish industrial scale manufacturing of functional systems based on manufactured nanoparticles with designed properties for use in semiconductors, energy harvesting and storage, waste heat recovery, medicine, etc.
Deadline: 3 September 2019
12th International Conference on the History of Chemistry (12ICHC)
29 July – 2 August 2019
Maastricht, The Netherlands
6th International Conference on the Chemistry and Physics of the Transactinide Elements (TAN 19)
25 – 30 August 2019
Chemistry meets Industry and Society: a creative showcase conference
28 – 30 August 2019
XX Euroanalysis 2019
1 – 5 September 2019
Celebrating D.I. Mendeleev’s Periodic System: a Historical Perspective
10 – 13 September 2019
Saint Petersburg, Russia
GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2019 (WiFo 2019)
15 – 18 September2019
ICSD 2019: 7th International Conference on Sustainable Development
4 – 5 September 2019
European Research and Innovation Days
24 – 26 September 2019
Workshop on integrated sustainable nitrogen management
30 September – 2 October 2019
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