Programme & Themes - 7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

Programme & Themes

The congress will provide valuable opportunities for members of the chemistry community to network, exchange ideas and build collaborations through the welcome reception, social programme and scientific sessions.

Outline Programme


Sunday 26th August 2018 Monday 27th August 2018 Tuesday 28th August 2018
14:00 – 16:40 Registration
16:40 – 17:10 Opening ceremony
17:10 – 17:20 EuCheMS Gold Medal introduction
17:20 – 18:10 EuCheMS Gold Medal lecture
18:10 – 19:00 Plenary
19:00 – 20:00 Welcome reception
08:30 – 09:20 Plenary
09:30 – 10:30 Morning parallel sessions
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 13:00 Morning parallel sessions
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Afternoon parallel sessions
16:10 – 17:00 Plenary
17:00 – 19:00 Poster session
19:15 – 20:45 Evening entertainment
08:30 – 09:20 Plenary
09:30 – 10:30 Morning parallel session
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 13:00 Morning parallel session
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:30 Afternoon parallel session
16:30 – 18:30 Poster session


Wednesday 29th August 2018 Thursday 30th August 2018
08:30 – 09:20 Plenary
09:30 – 10:30 Morning parallel sessions
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Morning parallel sessions
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 Afternoon parallel sessions
15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:30 Afternoon parallel sessions
19:00 – 23:00 Conference dinner
08:30 – 10:30 Morning parallel session
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 13:00 Morning parallel session
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:20 Plenary
15:20 – 16:10 Plenary
16:10 – 16:40 Closing ceremony




  • Catalysis at the homo/hetero/bio interface

    Convenor: Christophe Copéret

    Catalysis is being transformed and many studies now try to emulate cascade processes in which several reaction steps are combined using a combination of catalysts. This session aims to capture new emerging catalysis that is at the interface between the more traditional areas

    Heterogeneous catalysis

    Convenor: Annette Trunschke

    New developments in heterogeneous catalysis in areas of application such as biomass utilisation, clean hydrogen production and CO2 utilisation. In addition new areas of synthesis and materials including single atom catalysis, MOFs and advanced characterisation methods

    Homogeneous catalysis

    Convenor: Carmen Claver

    New emerging areas of homogeneous catalysis with respect to applications in green chemistry and manufacturing, novel catalysts and synthesis methods, reaction mechanisms and spectroscopy

    Biological catalysis

    Convenor: Dick Janssen

    Biotransformations are at the heart of the global chemical industry’s transition to economic and environmental sustainability and this session will include all aspects; renewable feedstocks to manufacture a growing range of products for pharmaceuticals, home and personal care, food and drink, polymers, crop protection and lubricants; fundamental enzyme mechanism and modelling; biotransformations in flow systems; biotransformations for sustainable synthesis; biotransformations in metabolism/nutrition

  • Biomolecular assembly processes

    Convenor: Tuomas Knowles

    Protein folding and misfolding, lipid assembly processes, creating artificial cells, understanding cellular architecture (organelles), protein-lipid complexes (e.g. mass spec analysis), carbohydrates and cellular recognition, peptide-based materials. Origins of Life.

    Bioimaging, analysis and diagnostics

    Convenor: Andrew de Mello

    Single molecule fluorescence, high-resolution biomolecular and cellular imaging, single cell DNA and RNA sequencing and diagnostics, point of care and third world diagnostics, nanoconstructs for diagnostic applications, biomarker-based diagnostics. Novel deep tissue imaging concepts and technologies.

    Synthetic biology

    Convenor: Greg Challis

    Protein engineering (e.g. DNA polymerases, DNA repair enzymes), gene editing e.g. CRISPR, extending the genetic code via modified DNA, tRNA, mRNA, non-canonical amino acids in proteins. Understanding the epigenetics of nucleic acids. Modelling of synthetic biology. Evolution of proteins. Tools for synthetic biology. Metabolomics.

    Chemical biology and drug discovery

    Convenor: Alessio Ciulli

    Beyond Lipinski’s rules: macromolecular drugs, cell uptake of macromolecular drugs, targeting specific cell types, new classes of oligonucleotide analogues and oligonucleotide-based therapeutics, next-generation aptamers, novel “small molecule” therapeutic approaches (e.g. Protacs), intelligently-functionalised antibodies and nanobodies, controlled release, covalent drugs and activity/affinity-based probes.

  • New approaches to clean fuels

    Convenor: Beatriz Roldan

    Advances in developing clean fuels including CO2 activation, hydrocarbons, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen production and storage, biofuels, photo and electro catalysis and water splitting

    Fuel cells and batteries

    Convenor: Ifan Stephens

    Fuel cells and electrolysers and all aspects of energy storage, including batteries and supercapacitors

    Solar photovoltaics

    Convenor: Annamaria Petrozza and Antonio Abate

    All aspects of solar energy generation from photovoltaics including design and optimisation of solar cells, new materials and resource recovery

    Sustainable use of resources and green chemistry

    Convenor: Eleni Heracleous

    Scarce natural resources, recycling, sustainable resources, greener synthetic methodology, catalyst and process design, new solvents including water, greener chemicals and materials, circular economy and life cycle analysis, CO2 as a chemical feedstock, biorefineries

    Clean water and air

    Convenor: Ivana Ivancev Tumbas

    Environmental chemistry related to clean water and air: water treatment, water reuse, resource recovery from water, improving air quality, controlling and monitoring air quality

  • Inorganic reaction mechanisms

    Convenor: Yann Garcia

    Mechanisms of inorganic chemistry reactions involving photochemistry and electrochemistry, as well as the study of luminescence and electron transfer based on a combined experimental and computational approach

    Bioinorganic chemistry

    Convenor: Ricardo Louro

    Bioinorganic chemistry as inspiration for inorganic models and catalysts, the role of metals in medicine and the design of inorganic radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostics and therapy

    Main group chemistry

    Convenor: Jean-François Halet

    New main group compounds, their association with transition elements in forming clusters and solids: experiment and theory

    Transition metal chemistry

    Convenor: Grace Morgan

    The chemistry of transition d and f elements, and their applications including in the design of single molecule magnets, hybrid materials, and catalysts

  • Materials governed by scale and dimensionality

    Convenor: Joao Rocha

    How the nano- and microstructure of materials governs their properties: from quantum dots, nanoparticles, and thin films or 2D materials to porous and hierarchically-structured solids

    Un-conventional syntheses of inorganic solids

    Convenor: Natalia Dubrovinskaia

    Preparation of materials with novel characteristics under extreme conditions like high-temperature/high-pressure, or by field-assisted synthesis in electrical or magnetic fields, or by soft chemistry e.g. in ionic liquids

    Functional materials and their electronic, magnetic and optical properties

    Convenor: Amparo Fuertes

    The electronic structure of solids paving the way to functionality: spintronics, magnets, solid state lighting, and thermoelectrics – in theory and experiment. This includes materials for devices like sensors, light-emitting diodes, semiconductors, energy conversion and storage technologies


    Convenor: Peter Behrens

    Design of new biomaterials, biomimetic syntheses, biomineralization, and applications in biological and medical systems, drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

    Soft control: macromolecules and smart polymers

    Convenor: Klaus Müllen

    Responsive polymers, liquid crystals, and gels as smart materials: Synthesis, characterization and theory of soft solids

  • Supramolecular chemistry and self-assembly

    Convenor: Paolo Samorí

    Spontaneous formation of molecular assemblies in organic solvents and in water

    Molecular machines and designed materials

    Convenor: Alberto Credi

    Synthesis and characterization of molecular shuttles, rotors, motors, other mechanical devices, and other functional molecules

    Organic synthesis and methodology

    Convenor: Christina Moberg

    New synthetic methodology, CH activation, remote and late stage functionalization, synthesis and semi-synthesis of natural products and biologically active compounds, green chemistry, reactions in water

    Organic reaction mechanisms

    Convenor: Jana Roithova

    Organometallics, heteroatom chemistry, fullerene chemistry, flow chemistry, solid phase chemistry

  • Photochemistry / photophysics / electrochemistry

    Convenor: David Birch

    Fundamental photochemistry, photophysics and electrochemistry; cross-cutting aspects of photochemistry and electrochemistry related to materials science (e.g. solar energy conversion, photocatalysis, sensing and imaging through luminescence); supramolecular photochemistry: photochromism and photoswitching; photobiological processes; electrochemistry and instrumentation

    Advances in physical chemistry

    Convenor: Marie Paule Pileni

    Structure and dynamics of materials and surfaces, physical chemistry of functional materials, soft matter and interfaces for biomedical and environmental applications, relationship between physical properties structure of food and nutritional health, thermodynamics, catalysis, surface science, ultrafast reactions, electron transfer, structures and dynamics of water

    Advances in analytical chemistry and methods

    Convenor: Jiri Homola

    Novel methods and advanced materials in analytical chemistry, chemical sensors and biosensors, mass spectrometry, separation science, food safety and security

    Computational and theoretical chemistry

    Convenor: Chantal Daniel

    Theoretical and computational methods as well as their applications to elucidate structure, energetics, interactions and reactivity of matter at length scales from the atom to the bulk

  • Future leaders

    The programme will feature keynote talks delivered by promising young chemists in Europe like ERC and MCSA grantees. Lectures will cover six different chemistry fields to try to be as inclusive as possible.

    European Young Chemist Award

    EYCN organises, in collaboration with the Società Chimica Italiana and Consiglio Nazionale dei Chimici, the European Young Chemist Award – EYCA. This awards recognises the best PhD students and Postdoc researchers in Europe. Lectures by the selected finalists will be open to the public.

    Applications for this are now open.


    The EYCN symposium will have a series of workshops for early career chemists. Some of them will be designed to improve soft skills (paper writing, oral communication, problem solving, job interviews) and others will be specifically targeted towards grant proposals. Recent ERC and MSCA awardees will share their tips to compile a winning proposal for EU funding.

    Social events

    EYCN symposium will also have social events, some of them designed to foster networking between young chemists, established researchers, and chemical companies as well as other events in local pubs to share chemistry with the general public.


    ABCs of analytics

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

    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.

    Carbohydrates – tools for synthesis and analysis

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

    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.

    Chemistry for sustainable goals – panel discussion

    Dr Nineta Hrastelj, EuCheMS General Secretary

    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.

    Enabling technologies for next generation catalysis

    Professor Joe Sweeney, Lancaster University

    Catalysis underpins the global economy, being involved in >80% of manufacturing processes. This symposium brings together leading academics and end-users, creating a forum to accelerate translation of contemporary catalytic methods from academic to industrial contexts and promoting effective knowledge sharing to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of industrially-relevant catalysis.

    Methods of computational chemistry: challenges and new developments

    Professor Péter Szalay, Division of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry

    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.

    Open Science: The future of scholarly communications?

    Andrew Shore, Royal Society of Chemistry

    Pattern recognition for chemometrics and metabolomics

    Professor Richard Brereton, University of Bristol

    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.

    Celebrating 20 years of society collaboration in physical chemistry and chemical physics

    Katie Lim, Royal Society of Chemistry

    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.

    The cultural heritage of chemistry

    Brigitte Van Tiggelen, Working party on the History of Chemistry

    The European Research Council: Funding opportunities to make scientists’ dreams come true

    Alina-Maria Tomoiaga, European Research Council Executive Agency

    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.

    Towards a more diverse and inclusive chemistry community

    Philippa Matthews and Alejandra Palermo , Royal Society of Chemistry

    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.

    What is the purpose of practical work and how to teach in labs?

    Michael Seery, Division of Chemistry Education

    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.

    11.00 – 12.00
    Assessing practical competency in laboratory education including the use of digital badges
    12.15 – 13.00
    Designing a laboratory curriculum – progressive development of laboratory skills

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