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Science: How Close to Open?
Earlier this month in Amsterdam, EuCheMS brought together researchers, policy-makers, and publishers for a discussion about the current challenges and opportunities of Open Science. All the materials from the workshop “Science: How Close to Open?” will soon be online...
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Dutch Presidency Call for Action on Open Science
A call for action has been published as an outcome of the conference “Open Science – From Vision to Action”, hosted by the Netherlands´ presidency of the Council of the European Union. According to this call for action, by 2020 there should be full open access for all scientific publications as well as a fundamentally…
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Commission Presents Draft Regulation on Circular Economy
The Commission has presented the draft new rules on organic and waste-based fertilisers in the European Union (EU) which will now be discussed in the European Parliament and Council of the EU. The proposed Regulation should significantly ease the access of organic and waste-based fertilisers to the EU single market, bringing them on a level…
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EuCheMS at the European Commission Mission to Chile on Circular Economy
Following an invitation from the European Commission (EC) delegation, EuCheMS will be part of the EC delegation to Chile on the topic of Circular Economy, led by Mr Daniel Calleja, the European Commission's Director-General for Environment. The mission takes place on 25-26 April 2016 back-to-back with the XIV World Mining Exhibition and Congress for Latin…
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The European Research Area: Evolving Concept, Implementation Challenges
The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) has recently published an in-depth analysis of the European Research Area named “European Research Area: Evolving concept, implementation challenges”. The analysis looks into ERA more than 40 years after the first steps to establish a common research policy, and 16 years after the formulation of the concept “European Research…
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Glyphosate Herbicide Discussed in the European Parliament
According to the Environment Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, as long as serious concerns remain about the carcinogenicity and endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, which is used in hundreds of farm, forestry, urban and garden applications, the European Commission should not renew its authorisation. According to the majority of ENVI Members of…
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Increasing Renewables, Decreasing Fossil Fuels
According to a report published earlier this month by the European Environment Agency (EEA), the use of fossil fuels across the European Union continues to decline due in part to increased consumption of renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass. The report, which assesses progress on the use of renewable energy, found that clean…
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Detecting “Legal Highs”
"Legal highs" are new psychoactive substances (NPS) which are very similar to illicit drugs such as cannabis, heroin and cocaine. They can be cheaply and easily produced and they have recently gained popularity even amongst casual drug users, often teenagers and young adults, therefore becoming a serious new threat to public health. Scientists at the…
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Erasmus Mundus Graduate Impact Survey
According to the Erasmus Mundus Graduate Impact Survey, the programme is rated highly satisfactory. The report shows that over 90% of the participants were satisfied with the programme, with more than 65% very satisfied. Overall, 81% of graduates were satisfied with the quality of the courses offered. As a negative point, graduates said that contacts…
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Series of COST Info Days
The COST Association has been organising a series of half-day events where national research communities are informed by its representatives about the COST Framework’s policies, activities and funding opportunities, with an emphasis on the Open Call for new COST Actions proposals, and COST Action representatives from the specific countries showcase the outstanding results of their participation…
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Making Open Science a Reality
Research data produced by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission or in cooperation with other partners is now publicly available, in support of the European Commission’s strategy on Open Science for improved circulation of knowledge and thus innovation for generating growth. The JRC Data Catalogue is online and its datasets can be…
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Facts and Figures from ERC Consolidator Grants 2016
The preliminary statistics on submitted proposals for the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants for 2016 show that the Number of applicants increased 12% comparing with the previous Consolidator Grant call. The highest number of applications was submitted in the domain of Physical Sciences and Engineering (1075), followed by Life Sciences (713), and Social Science…
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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

New Portal to Bring EU Projects and Potential Investors Closer
The European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) is a new online platform designed to attract a wide reach of potential investors to EU projects. Via the EIPP, potential investors will be able to search for suitable projects and receive project updates in a virtual meeting place for both project promoters and investors. To be published on…
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CoRAP Updated with 138 Substances to be Evaluated
ECHA has adopted the updated Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for 2016-2018 with 138 substances to be evaluated. Registrants of these substances are encouraged to coordinate their actions and to interact early with the evaluating Member States. The Member States, the European Commission and ECHA have agreed on the recommendations on best practice for interaction between…
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Consultations and Roadmaps

Public consultation on Methylisothiazolinone
The Commission invites interested parties, including national authorities, manufacturers of cosmetic products, producers of the substances concerned, and relevant industry and consumers’ associations, to submit their comments on Methylisothiazolinone (MI) in the framework of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products - rinse-off cosmetic products. Deadline: 1…
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Public consultation on Horizon 2020 ‘Science with and for Society’ Work Programme 2018-2020
The purpose of the present open public online consultation is to collect views and opinions on the strategy, scope, objectives, and expected impacts of the Horizon 2020 ‘Science with and for Society’ Work Programme 2018-2020. Contributions to the present consultation will feed into preparation of the next SWAFS Work Programme 2018-2020. The Commission expects to…
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Roadmap: Minimum Quality Requirements for Reused Water in the EU
The primary goal is to encourage efficient resource use and reduce pressures on the water environment, in particular water scarcity, by fostering the development of safe reuse of treated wastewater. To this end the initiative will look into the possibility of establishing a common approach on water reuse across the EU providing clarity, coherence and…
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Roadmap: Revision of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
The general objective of this revision is to remove obstacles to mobility of learners and workers related to the understanding and trust of their skills and qualifications regardless of whether they are EU citizens or third country nationals and whether it concerns qualifications obtained in the EU or in a third country. The initiative should…
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Call for Funding and Awards

Celtic-Plus Call for Projects

Spain - Israel 8th Call for Proposals for Joint R&D Projects

Teaming Phase 2

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Cluster

Detection Techniques on Explosives: Countering an Explosive Threat, Across the Timeline of a Plot

Willi Keim Prize 2016 – Call for Nominations


EuCheMS Events

11th Delegates Assembly of EYCN

Analytica Conference

IWSG - 8th International Workshop on Science Gateways

ISOS 2016 - International Summer School on Organic Synthesis "A. Corbella"

16th Conference on Molten Salts and Ionic Liquids

ChemCH2016 - Chemistry for Cultural Heritage 2016

IX International School on Organometallic Chemistry "Marcial Moreno Mañas"


Other Events

Workshop on Biopolymers and their use in Packaging Applications

International Conference on Innovations in Sustainable Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems- ISWATS

EIT's Innovation Forum - INNOVEIT 2016

Science, Technology and Innovation days 2016

Brokerage Event on Key Enabling Technologies - Horizon 2020 NMBP Calls


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