Hello and welcome to the June 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.

This month, we are delighted to announce that EuChemS 50th anniversary will be celebrated online on 3 July 2020, 10:00 CEST. You are kindly invited to join us for this special celebration, and we hope to see you there.

Following the April pan-European Hackathon, EuChemS joined the EUvsVirus online Matchathon. In this June edition, we also take a look at the ITRE Committee vote to enter the Horizon Europe negotiations and at the Croatian Presidency of the European Council coming to an end.

You can read the full newsletter online here.

European Highlights, Research, Innovation, Education, Entrepreneurship

Join EuChemS 50th anniversary online celebration
To mark its 50th anniversary since the foundation of the Federation of European Chemical Societies (FECS) in 1970, the European Chemical Society is pleased to organise an online birthday celebration.

The event will be held online on Friday 3 July 2020, from 10:00 to 11:30 (CEST – Brussels time). You are invited to join us, please register here.

See the article here.

EuChemS endorsed the Statement on inclusion and diversity in the chemical sciences 
On 15 June 2020, the European Chemical Society endorsed the Statement on inclusion and diversity in the chemical sciences of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Read the article here.

EuChemS participated in the #EUvsVirus Matchathon
Following the #EUvsVirus Hackathon, the European Commission organised the #EUvsVirus Matchathon on 22-25 May. The goal of the Matchathon was to connect the 120 winning teams from the hackathon with investors, corporates, public authorities (including hospitals), academia, and research institutions. During this event, the winning teams were able to discuss their needs and secure deals with partners, to have their innovative ideas developed and commercialised.

The closing ceremony was held online on 2 June 2020, with the presence of Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

Read more here

A look at the 6 months Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
On 1 January 2020, Croatia took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Finland.
‘A strong Europe in a world of challenges’ was the motto chosen by Croatia before starting its Presidency, and what a challenge Covid-19 has been. The six-months agenda was disrupted by the pandemic and forced Croatia to adapt it to the worldwide crisis: the Council is currently analysing and assessing the Recovery plan for Europe proposal issued by the European Commission. What is more, this Presidency was the first for Croatia since the country joined the European Union in 2013.

See the article here.

ITRE Committee votes to join trilogue negotiations on Horizon Europe
On 4 June 2020, the Industry Committee of the European Parliament has voted to enter into interinstitutional negotiations for five multiannual financial framework files (MFF).

Together with the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, the ITRE Committee can start negotiations on Horizon Europe and other pieces of legislation where it is the lead committee.

Read more about it here.

On the ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA)
The ERCEA supports operationally the ERC Scientific Council. Based in Brussels, the ERCEA is also in charge of the day to day administration of the European Research Council (ERC). Among the many activities conducted by the ERCEA, it is also responsible for the peer review process.

Read more about it here.

Report on illegal and ineffective disinfectants to the European Chemicals Agency

On 5 June 2020, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) warned about the increasing commercialisation of non-compliant disinfectants during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release, ECHA indicates that twenty Member States of the European Union have reported to ECHA and the European Commission about the growing number of illegal and ineffective hand disinfectants available on national markets.

Read our full debrief 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.

EFSA Public Consultation on ‘the draft scientific opinion on update of the risk assessment of nickel in food and drinking water'
Deadline: 15 July 2020
You can take a look at it 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 Advanced Grant 
Researchers who would like to compete for an ERC Advanced Grant have until 26 August 2020 to apply for the next round of funding.

More information about it here.

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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