European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences

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The European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) is a European non-profit organisation which promotes collaboration between non-profit scientific and technical societies in the field of chemistry. David Cole-Hamilton was elected as the President as of 2014 for a period of three years, Nineta Majcen is the General Secretary of EuCheMS.


The association took over the role and responsibilities of the Federation of European Chemical Societies and Professional Institutions which was founded in 1970. The organisation has currently over 41 Member Societies, two Supporting Members, and supports 18 Divisions and Working Parties. All together EuCheMS represents about than 160.000 chemists all over Europe.

Divisions and Working Parties[edit]

The EuCheMS scientific Divisions and Working Parties enhance networking in their own fields of expertise and promote collaboration with other European and international organisations. The Divisions and Working Parties organise high quality scientific conferences in chemical and molecular sciences and interdisciplinary areas.

The European Young Chemists' Network (abbreviated to EYCN) is the younger members division of EuCheMS.

European Chemistry Congresses[edit]

The EuCheMS Chemistry Congress is a biennial event, beginning in 2006 with the 1st conference in Budapest. Around 2300 parcicpants from more than 50 countries attended the congress. In 2008, the congress was held in Turin and again more than 2000 chemists followed the invitation to Italy, now coming from more than 65 nations. The 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress from August 29 - September 2, 2010 was organized by the German Chemical Society on behalf of EuCheMS and Nürnberg was the hosting city. In 2012, the 4th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress was held in Prague where almost 1800 participants enjoyed a comprehensive overview of the current state of chemistry. Apart from the scientific side, EYCN organized the Career Days, a satellite event aiming at furthering the careers of the young chemists. The 5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress was organised by the Turkish Chemical Society in Istanbul between 31 August 2014 and the 4th of September 2014. The 6th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress will take place in Seville, 11 - 15 September 2016.


European Sustainable Chemistry Award In 2010, the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences has launched the European Sustainable Chemistry Award (ESCA). The European Sustainable Chemistry Award is intended to raise the profile of sustainable chemistry and be a spur to innovation and competitiveness.

  • 2014: Walter Leitner and Jürgen Klankermayer
  • 2012: Marc Taillefer
  • 2010: Matthias Beller

European Young Chemist Awards The European Young Chemist Awards, sponsored by the Società Chimica Italiana and the Consiglio Nazionale dei Chimici, are given every two years during the EuCheMS Chemistry Congress. They are intended to showcase and recognise the excellent research being carried out by young scientists working in the chemical sciences.

  • 2012: Elisabetta Collini (gold medal); Yury O. Tsybin (silver medal); Jerome Waser (silver medal); Shan Jiang (gold medal at PhD level); Gabriel Loget (silver medal at PhD level); Olalla Vázquez (silver medal at PhD level).
  • 2010: Nicolai Cramer (gold medal); Clemence Corminboeuf (silver medal); Claudia Höbartner (silver medal); Sophie Carenco (gold medal at PhD level); Ulrich Hintermair (silver medal at PhD level); Laura Gómez (silver medal at PhD level).
  • 2008: Fabio Arnesano (gold medal); Leonard J. Prins (silver medal); Ali Tavassoli (silver medal);Guillermo Mínguez Espallargas (gold medal at PhD level); Gustavo Fernández (silver medal at PhD level); Viktoria H. Gessner (silver medal at PhD level).

EuCheMS Lecture Award The EuCheMS Lecture serves to strengthen the image of EuCheMS and of European chemistry in general, promoting scientific cooperation among chemists in Europe. The lecture is normally awarded annually to a prominent chemist from a European country.

  • 2014: Christina Moberg and Gérard Férey
  • 2013: Maurizio Prato
  • 2012: David Milstein and Nazario Martín
  • 2011: Alfredo Sanz Medel
  • 2010: Michael Grätzel
  • 2009: Meinrat O. Andreae and Walter Kaminski
  • 2008: Martyn Poliakoff
  • 2007: Steven V. Ley

EuCheMS Award for Service The EuCheMS Award for Service acknowledges outstanding commitment with regard to fostering chemistry and molecular sciences in Europe and the goals of EuCheMS.

  • 2014: Luis Oro
  • 2012: Hans-Joachim Freund
  • 2011: José Empis and Evelyn McEwan
  • 2010: Gábor Náray-Szabó and Giovanni Natile
  • 2007: Alfred Oberholz and Allan Astrup Jensen

Associated organisations[edit]

Past Presidents of EuCheMS[edit]

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