Hello and welcome to the May edition of the Brussels News Updates, the monthly EuChemS newsletter keeping you up to date on the latest Chemistry related science-policy issues, news and upcoming events and awards.

As announced earlier in May, the 8th EuChemS Chemistry Congress is postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current health crisis affects our lives, countries, and Chemistry is no exception: the Horizon 2020 budget has been reprioritised and new scientific online platforms are being implemented. This month, we also look back at our participation in the #EUvsVirus Hackathon, organised by the European Commission.

You can read the full newsletter online here.

European Highlights, Research, Innovation, Education, Entrepreneurship

8th EuChemS Chemistry Congress postponed to 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic that so deeply affects our lives and countries is not expected to end soon, and its consequences will be felt for a long time. We are thus forced to postpone the 8th EuChemS Chemistry Congress (ECC8) to 2022. ECC8 will still be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 28 August to 1 September 2022.
More information is available on the ECC8 website and on its official Twitter account.
See the article here.

New President of the Board of Directors of the H.I.P.A.
The European Chemical Society congratulates the member of EuChemS Executive Board and Chair of Division of Chemistry and Environment, Professor Ioannis Katsoyiannis, for being appointed by the Greek Minister of Growth and Investments as President of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Industrial Property Academy (H.I.P.A.). Read the article here.

EuChemS participated in the #EUvsVirus HackathonOn 24 – 26 April 2020, the European Commission organised an online pan-European Hackathon under the patronage of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. In total, 21,000 participants from across Europe met virtually to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic and its related-challenges.

The European Chemical Society is pleased to have taken part in the #EUvsVirus Hackathon and wants to thank the European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN) for their initiative, active participation and inputs during this event. The European Chemical Society registered as a civil society and a partner to assist the teams and answer their chemistry-related questions. We will remain available in the future for all the participants wishing to connect with us.
Read more here.

Latest ECHA Committee for Risk Assessment meeting for harmonised classification and labelling
As reported by the EuChemS representative in the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) of ECHA met in May to address several pressing issues.

During the online meeting, RAC adopted the opinion concerning the limitation of skin sensitizing substances in finished articles made of fabric, leather, hide and fur, placed on the market for the first time. Also, the harmonised classifications of some insecticides used in agriculture have been evaluated, as well as the proposal to classify this insecticide as Carcinogenic. See the article here.

The European Commission reprioritised the budget of H2020 to fight the COVID-19 pandemic
On 4 May 2020, the European Commission announced in a press release the reprioritisation of the Horizon 2020 framework programme funding. To help reach the objectives of the Coronavirus Global Response, €1 billion will be invested to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. It will fund global research on vaccines. Read more about it here.

The European Commission launched the European COVID-19 Data Platform
On 20 April 2020, the European Commission, together with EU Members States and research partners, launched a COVID-19 Data Platform. The platform is part of the ERAvsCorona Action Plan and aims to accelerate Coronavirus research by facilitating data sharing and analysis. This joint effort underlines the European Commission’s commitment to Open Science, by making science more accessible and efficient in order to tackle societal challenges. Read more about it here.

Have you read the most recent edition of Chemistry in Europe Newsletter?
Chemistry in Europe 2020-2 includes many interesting articles, among other the Editorial by W. Koch, EuChemS Executive Board member on the Chemistry Europe, an interview with Dr Wolfgang Fritsche, one of the founders of FECS (Federation of European Chemical Societies), a predecessor organisation of EuChemSa look into the European Parlamentary Committees (ITRE and ENVI Committees), a report from the 15th EYCN Delegate Assembly and many more. You are invited to read the full newsletter here.

MEPs call for including climate crisis action in the EU COVID-19 recovery plan
As the European Parliament is working on a strategy for the post-COVID-19 crisis period, MEPs asked to put the Green Deal at the centre of any reconstruction package.

Their proposal is based on conclusions drawn from strict quarantine measures taken everywhere in Europe. Indeed, air pollution has declined due to reduced economic activities (decline in travel, home working, shutdown of industry, etc.). Also, this request by the MEPs goes hand in hand with the EU Climate Law, which aims to make the EU climate neutral by 2050.
Read the article here.

Consultations & Roadmap

European Commission Public Consultations
A number of consultations put forward by the European Commission are currently open:


European Chemicals Agency Consultations
A number of consultations put forward by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are currently open.

You can take a look at them here.

Fundings, Nominations & Awards

Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) open calls
Currently two calls are open: the individuals fellowships 2020 and the co-funding of regional, national and international programmes 2020.
More details here.

ERC Proof of Concept Grant 
The ERC Proof of Concept Grant is available only to Principal Investigators who already have an ERC award to establish proof of concept of an idea that was generated during their ERC-funded projects. All Principal Investigators are eligible to participate in an ERC frontier research project that is either ongoing, or has ended less than 12 months before 1 January 2020.

Deadline: 17 September 2020
Click here to apply.

EuChemS Events

In the current environment and status of COVID-19, some events recognised by EuChemS are being postponed or cancelled.
EuChemS Events calendar is being updated on a regular basis.
If you planned to attend an event, you can check more about it here.

50th anniversary celebration
3 July 2020, 10 - 11.30 am, Online Event
Website: www.euchems.eu

2020 EuChemS General Assembly
24 September 2020, Online Event
Website: www.euchems.eu

8th EuChemS Chemistry Congress (ECC8)
28 August – 1 September 2022
Lisbon, Portugal
Website: www.euchems2022.eu


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