Happy Birthday EuChemS!

  • Author: ChemistryViews
  • Published Date: 03 July 2020
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH
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Today, on July 3, 2020, the European Chemical Society (EuChemS) celebrates its 50th anniversary. It was founded as the Federation of European Chemical Societies (FECS) in Prague on July 3, 1970, by 17 European chemical societies from both east and west Europe. Today EuChemS represents more than 160,000 chemists from 51 member societies and other chemistry related organisations (such as Chemistry Europe).

EuChemS brings together national chemical societies from across Europe; it forms a community of scientists and provides opportunities for them to exchange ideas, communicate, and cooperate. Based on the knowledge of its members, EuChemS advises European policymakers to better prepare their decision making. EuChemS is an officially accredited stakeholder of the European Commission (EC), the European Parliament, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). EuChemS is committed to science communication to better inform citizens, decision-makers, and scientists about the latest research developments in the chemical sciences and to support them in meeting societal, environmental, and economic challenges.


EuChemS Chemistry Congress (ECC)

Since 2006, the EuChemS Chemistry Congresses (ECC) are held biannually and attract around 2000 chemists across Europe to discuss the latest chemical research and trends. At this most important conference in Europe the EuChemS awards are presented.


EuChemS Presidents

  • Giovanni Natile (2005–2008), Università degli Studi di Bari and Italian Chemical Society
  • Luis Oro (2008–2011), University of Zaragoza and Spanish Chemical Society
  • Ulrich Schubert (2011–2014), Technical University of Vienna and Austrian Chemical Society
  • David Cole-Hamilton (2014–2017), University of St Andrews and Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Pilar Goya Laza (2017–2020), Instituto de Química Médica (IQM), Madrid
  • Floris Rutjes (president-elect; his term as president begins in January 2021), Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


European Young Chemists' Network (EYCN)
The European Young Chemists' Network (EYCN) is the younger members' division of EuChemS. EYCN was founded in 2006 in Berlin, Germany, to represent the younger members of EuChemS. Every chemist under the age of 35 within the EuChemS framework becomes, automatically, a part of the EYCN. EYCN closely cooperates with the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN).

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