Hello and welcome to the November edition of the Brussels News Updates, the monthly EuChemS newsletter keeping you up to date on the latest chemistry-related science-policy issues, news, awards, and upcoming events.
Not one, not two… but three! Three webinars are being organised by EuChemS in November 2020, including science-policy talks on circular economy, scientific plenary talk on CO2conversion by the 2018 EuChemS Lecture Awardee and an Information Session on EuChemS Awards.
In this issue, we have a look at the agreement reached on Horizon Europe’s budget, and we also bring our readers’ attention to the final report of the International Year of the Periodic Table by IUPAC and look back to the numerous activities, including some EuChemS ones, during the year-long celebration of 2019.
You can read the full newsletter online here!

European Highlights, Research, Innovation, Education, Entrepreneurship

EuChemS Webinars: two down, one to go!

November is a busy month for EuChemS in terms of events. Three webinars were scheduled this month: one on science-policy concerning circular economy, one purely scientific on CO2conversion and an information session on EuChemS awards.

We kindly invite you to read our full debrief here to discover more about all of them.

Celebrate the Periodic Table again with the IYPT19 Final report 
The Final Report of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements 2019 (IYPT) was released earlier in October 2020 and is now available online. The report gathers the planning and the initiatives organised throughout the year-long celebration #IYPT19, including also the ones by EuChemS and its Member Societies, who coordinated hundreds of activities and events in 2019, and these actions have reached millions of people through media coverage.

Read more about it here.

Chemistry during the pandemic
Luigi Campanella, Senior Chair of the EuChemS Working Party on Ethics in Chemistry, wrote a contribution for EuChemS on the role of Chemistry during the COVID-19 crisis. In his article, Professor Campanella explores possible scientific answers that can be found in Open Science, Big Data, knowledge, and expertise.

Read the full article here.


Horizon Europe will start on time, with an additional €4 billion

Earlier this month, MEPs from EPP Group sent a letter to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pleading with them to reject the drastic cuts to European research funds, as part of an agreement on the budget for Horizon Europe.

On 10 November, the European Parliament and the EU member states announced having reached a deal on the multiannual budget for Horizon Europe: €1.8 trillion will be allocated for the 2021-2027 research budget. This budget will also cover the coronavirus recovery fund. In total, €4 billion were added since the most recent budget talks.

Read our full debrief here.


ERC News

On 5 November, the European Research Council (ERC) announced that 34 projects have been awarded €350 million. In total, the ERC received more than 440 proposals for this Synergy Grants call. This grant is part of the Horizon 2020 framework programme for R&I and attracted researchers from across the globe.

Read the full article here. 

Consultations & Roadmap

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

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) public consultations
A number of consultations put forward by ECHA are currently open.
You can take a look at them here.

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) public consultations
A number of consultations put forward by EFSA are currently open.
You can take a look at them here.

Fundings, Nominations & Awards

European Chemistry Gold Medal 2022 
The European Chemistry Gold Medal aims to reward the exceptional achievements of one scientist working in the field of chemistry in Europe.
You can submit a nomination here.

2020 EuChemS Lecture Award
Each year, EuChemS celebrates the major achievements of a junior scientist working in chemistry.
You can submit a nomination here. 

2020 EuChemS Award for Service
EuChemS Award for Service aims to acknowledge the outstanding commitment of an individual to fostering chemistry and molecular sciences in Europe, as well as to the goals of EuChemS.
You can submit a nomination here.

2020 EuChemS Historical Landmarks Award
The EuChemS Historical Landmarks Award, which aims to celebrate the important link between history, cultural heritage and chemistry, is open to submission.
You can submit a nomination here.

International Award Committee for the EuChemS Lecture Award (IACL)
The call for the International Award Committee for the EuChemS Lecture Award (IACL) is now open.
You can submit a nomination here (please scroll down to the Submission form “Jury Nomination for the International Award Committee for the EuChemS Lecture Award (IACL) 2020”).

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.

Read the full BNU newsletter here

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