Hello and welcome to the March edition of BNU – Brussels News Update, the monthly newsletter that keeps you up-to-date with the latest news, events and developments concerning chemical sciences in Europe!

From high-level meetings to consultations, from antimicrobial resistance worries to women and science in the spotlight, the last few weeks have seen an interesting array of developments in the chemical and molecular sciences in Europe. So, scroll down for the latest news, consultations and events! And don’t forget to take a look at the EuCheMS 2017 Year Book for an insighful overview of EuCheMS Professional Networks, policy initiatives, conferences, events and much, much more.


EuCheMS participates in latest High-Level Advisory Group ‘Open Science Policy Platform’ meeting
On 2 March, EuCheMS participated in the fifth high-level roundtable event of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). On the … Read more

EuCheMS responds to consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovations, SMEs and single market
In light of the upcoming European Commission (EC) proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual … Read more

European Commission publishes second REACH review
On 5 March, the European Commission (EC) published the second review of the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and … Read more

Women in Science – Latest Eurostat figures
On the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8, we have looked back at Eurostat figures released last February … Read more

ECDC and EFSA publish report demonstrating continued resistance to antimicrobials
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a new report … Read more

Air quality study detects nano-sized particles of air pollution in children’s urine
The presence on nano-sized particles of air pollution (with a diameter of just 100 nanometers) has for the first time … Read more

Soils can be a net sink of greenhouse gases through storage of organic carbon
A recently published study in Nature Climate Change has indicated that soils can be a net sink of greenhouse gases … Read more

Eurydice publishes new report on Teaching Careers in Europe: Access, Progression and Support
Eurydice, the Education Information Network in Europe has published a new report that aims to guide policy-makers in providing efficient … Read more

Greenhouse Gas Emissions – infographic
Check out this sobering European Parliament infographic on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the EU and the world. Why does this … Read more


Commissioner Moedas talks science, industry and entrepreneurship at EU Industry Day and launches EIC Horizon Prize on Innovative Batteries
On 22 and 23 February, the European Commission (EC) hosted the second edition of the EU Industry Day forum. EC … Read more

Twelve successful women entrepreneurs shortlisted for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018
The names of twelve successful women entrepreneurs shortlisted for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018 were unveiled by Carlos … Read more


Public consultation on EU rules for products used in the construction of buildings and infrastructure works
The European Commission is consulting on the EU rules for products used in the construction of buildings and infrastructure works. … Read more

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the establishment of the Innovation Fund
The EU emissions trading system (ETS) after 2020 foresees the establishment of the Innovation Fund to accelerate the commercialisation of … Read more

Roadmap on the update of the 2012 Bioeconomy Strategy
In 2017, the European Commission (EC) carried out a review of its 2012 EU Bioeconomy Strategy (SWD(2017)374). The review concluded … Read more



David Spichiger, SCS / EuCheMS.eu