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Ancillary Programme

Ancillary Programme


Professor Dr Günter Gauglitz, Division of Analytical Chemistry (DAC)

Wednesday 29 August, 9.30 - 14.00

Recent developments are described, and advice on using instrumentation and evaluation procedures in the field of life sciences, environment and food analysis is given. First, young scientists receive information about publishing in analytical journals; at the end, there will be a panel discussion about challenges and solutions in analytics.

Professor Sabine Flitsch, University of Manchester and Professor M.Carmen Galan, University of Bristol

Tuesday 28 August, 9.30 to 16.30

Carbohydrates are the most abundant biomolecules on earth but their chemistry is highly challenging and both synthesis and analysis are still difficult. This one-day symposium will review recent breakthroughs and challenges for the future, including recent industrial applications.

Katie Lim, Royal Society of Chemistry

Monday 27 August, 9.30 - 16.00

In 1999 Dutch, German, UK and Italian societies entered a partnership to develop PCCP as a leading international society journal for the benefit of the scientific community. This symposium celebrates 20 years of collaboration between the nineteen current Owner societies and encourages future joint efforts and collaboration across the whole physical chemistry and chemical physics community.

Dr Nineta Hrastelj, EuCheMS General Secretary

Tuesday 28 August, 13.00 - 14.30

Our demographics are changing and our educational programs need to convey more than knowledge. Developing the skills and abilities needed to work globally to develop solutions for scientifically, politically, and economically complex needs has become as important as knowledge. Educational standards, performance expectations, and assessments are fostering the use of evidence based practices.
By working collectively, we can align and enhance our educational efforts to educate and empower the current and future global workforce.

Nineta Hrastelj, European Chemical Society
David Cole-Hamilton, Royal Society of Chemistry/EuChemS
LaTrease Garrison, American Chemical Society
Reiner Salzer, ECTN/Dresden University

Rigoberto Hernandez, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Dr Nineta Hrastelj, General Secretary EuCheMS

Monday 27 August, 11.00 - 13.00

Through this session, participants will gain a deeper insight into different communications practices; methods for targeting different audiences, from citizens to policymakers; and learn from experts from Brussels, the UK, Germany and the United States who have been successful in communicating on behalf of chemistry. Case studies and best practices presented during the session, as well as allocated time for questions and answers will enable participants to better engage and communicate how chemistry is working to solve the world’s current and future challenges with a variety of audiences.

The session will focus on three main points: the importance of speaking for Chemistry, best practices, and case studies of successful communication interactions. The speakers, from different backgrounds, with different experiences, and from different geographical locations, will present their respective examples, in an attempt to best demonstrate the variety of reasons for communicating chemistry, and the possibilities and methods that exist to do so as successfully as possible

Alex Schiphorst, European Chemical Society
Glenn Ruskin/Susan Morrissey, American Chemical Society
Karin J. Schmitz, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker
Susan Vickers, Royal Society of Chemistry

Susan Vickers, Royal Society of Chemistry

Thursday 30 August, 8.30 - 13.00

Trust is not “deserved”, but hard-won – and easily lost. In Europe and beyond, scientists lament the apparent loss of public trust in knowledge and expertise.

Are we really losing public trust? If this is the case, what are we going to do about it?

Trust is often given to scientists automatically. Scientists get on with their work without much public questioning or scrutiny. When society does question science it can come as a shock to the scientific community, resulting in a defensive and unreceptive reaction rather than a considered response. Is this causing us to lose the fragile, automatic trust we have? How can we change public trust of science from instinctive trust to a trust strengthened by discussion and debate?

We need to expand our toolset – to go beyond the scientific method and domain of facts we’re comfortable with – and learn to understand and engage with the real forces behind attitudes, behaviours, decision-making… and trust.

Many scientists achieve university qualifications without formally engaging with the philosophy or sociology of science. Courses designed to give scientists a greater understanding of these complex subjects could be incorporated into university science programmes. Should these courses be mandatory for accreditation and who should be responsible for delivering them in institutions that do not have employees with the required expertise? Would these courses result in a positive change in public trust in science?

We are inviting discussion and debate on how chemical societies can enable chemists across the world to confidently engage with these challenging topics.

Panel 1: Does the public trust chemistry?

Steve Fuller, Professor of Social Epistemology, University of Warwick, UK
Elizabeth Rowsell, Corporate R&D Director, Johnson Matthey Technology Centres
Bengt Nordén, Professor of Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology, founder of Molecular Frontiers and EuCheMS Scientific committee chair

Panel 2: Should ethics be a mandatory part of chemistry education?

Ben Feringa, Professor of Molecular Sciences, University of Groningen and 2016 Nobel Prize Winner
John Holman, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Nazira Karodia, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Professor of Science Education, University of Wolverhampton

Moderator: Katherine Mathieson, Chief Executive of the British Science Association

Professor Péter Szalay, Division of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry

Wednesday 29 August, 14.00 - 17.00

The symposium will feature recent progress in method and code development in computational chemistry. The participants will have the opportunity to interact with the invited speakers, all method developers with close ties to at least one of the major application codes.Complementary to sub-theme G4: Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, which will show to the general chemistry community which kind of problems computational methods can solve nowadays, this symposium will discuss the method development itself.

Andrew Shore, Royal Society of Chemistry

Wednesday 29 August

This delegate-led panel discussion will provide a unique opportunity for delegates interested in open science to raise discussion points, concerns or future activities in a group of like-minded and equally interested people. The aim of this session is to produce a report, written by delegates attending this session, on this highly important topic for the European chemistry community.

Professor Richard Brereton, University of Bristol

Wednesday 29 August, 14.00 - 17.00

Chemometrics has been around for 50 years. Originally primarily an aid to core analytical science, over the past decade it has played an increasing role in applied science especially metabolomics. Pattern recognition (primarily classification) is especially important. Several internationally recognised experts will discuss front-line methods and applications.

Brigitte Van Tiggelen, Working party on the History of Chemistry

Tuesday 28 August, 19.00 - 20.30

2018 is the European Year for Cultural Heritage, and the chemical or scientific heritage in general is only but a small part of the celebration, even though chemical sciences and engineering informs every part of our lives, and has shaped our modern world for several centuries now.

2018 will also be the launch of the EuCheMS Historical Landmark programme.
This session will feature the presentation of the first award for the EuCheMS Historical Landmark, and will be open to the public. It will showcase how chemistry and allied sciences and technologies are integrant part of the European cultural heritage. This would also be an opportunity to underline the role chemists and scientists may play in preserving that heritage for the future generation.

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Alina-Maria Tomoiaga, European Research Council Executive Agency

Tuesday 28 August, 13.00 - 14.30

This session will provide full information on the application and evaluation process for potential applicants. ERC scientific officers will give a complete overview of the funding opportunities.  Outstanding scientists in the Chemical Sciences domain will describe their experience as ERC evaluators, providing useful information on things to pay attention to when writing a proposal and the most common mistakes/faults they observed in reviewing proposals. In addition, some of our grantees will give their own insights on how to find/build the great idea and to write a successful proposal.
Should you have a brilliant idea hidden in your drawer, do not hesitate to attend the ERC session; you will be amazed to know what the European Research Council can do to make your dreams come true.

Philippa Matthews and Alejandra Palermo , Royal Society of Chemistry

Monday 27 August, 13.00 - 14.30

We will be bringing together a selection of expert speakers and professionals from the education, government, voluntary and private sectors to examine best practice and identify how to foster change to create a more inclusive and diverse chemistry community.
We will share the outcomes of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s diversity landscape report, and use the panel session to discuss the challenges identified through our research. We want to focus on positive solutions and strategies to overcome these challenges, as we believe that chemistry is for all.

Michael Seery, Division of Chemistry Education

Thursday 30 August, 8.30 - 10.30

These sessions will cover two important aspects of laboratory education: how do we teach and assess competency in practical techniques, and how do we ensure that a curriculum allows for ongoing development of students ability to complete practical work, up to and including undergraduate research projects. The sessions will be interactive and discursive, and attendees should leave with some ideas that they can incorporate into their own settings. All are welcome to attend either or both sessions.

8.30 - 9.30
Assessing practical competency in laboratory education including the use of digital badges
9.45 – 10.30
Designing a laboratory curriculum – progressive development of laboratory skills

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