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our life, our future

We welcome the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society as guest editors for the September 2011 edition of the newsletter and thank them for their welcome contributions.
Access the 2011 editorial programme.
Pascal Mimero, Editor, ESCPE Lyon, France (E.U.)

:: Foreword

:: The Royal Netherlands Chemical Society

:: EC2E2N and ECTN Assoc. News ...

:: Articles and Papers

:: European and International Conferences

2011 Quote :  The Mole Concept, the most basic and standard units for chemists, was adopted in 1971.


Dear EC2E2N NewsLetter Readers,

The KNCV, the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society represents professionals in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry

KNCV is an independent membership organization that was founded in 1903 and has since then developed into an organization with highly appreciated benefits for all our members, from students to young professionals and those who are retired but still have strong bonds with the society. The society is well organized into divisions, regional circles and working parties with a specific task at which participants discuss particular subjects, analyze it and arrive at a common position within the group for the proposal to higher bodies. The KNCV forms an involved and dynamic network in which participants gain in-depth knowledge through many exciting activities. KNCV members have responded in surveys that information services are a primary benefit of KNCV membership. KNCV provides information products and services through the Society's magazine C2W, CF, websites, newsletters, and databases together with the content of our conferences, seminars and professional development. These products offer a diverse and comprehensive collection of resources that assist chemists and other scientific professionals with their career pursuits, educational purposes and public outreach.

Of special interest is our division Young KNCV where members are gathered aging up to 36 years. Young KNCV forms a diverse group of (PhD) students, young managers, analysts and researchers. Their activities focus on visits to companies and creating an inspiring network important for professional development. Young KNCV is well represented in EYCN, the European Young Chemists Network.

KNCV, as a member of IUPAC, is the initializing party of the International Year of Chemistry 2011 within the Netherlands. Along with 4 other parties in an IYC Steering Committee, the KNCV created a virtual platform where organizations, institutes, companies, and universities can inform the general public on activities especially developed to underline the goals of IYC2011:

  1. the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs,

  2. to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and
  3. to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry.

The next paragraph will inform you as a reader on a few of the activities organized within the Netherlands to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry!

Have lots of fun reading about the Dutch activities!

Guest Editor

Gabrielle Donné-Op den Kelder
Secretary-General and Director KNCV
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Robert Dankers
Marketeer, Responsible for IYC communication within KNCV
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KNCV, the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society


  Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time

To celebrate what Marie Curie has achieved for chemistry, a worldwide breakfast for women working in the field was held on January 18th 2011. In the Netherlands, eight companies and the Faculty of Life Sciences and Chemistry of HU Utrecht took part as three hundred women came together for this special event. The aim of the initiative was to make women aware of the appeal of the chemical industry as an attractive workplace for women. Comparable network meetings took place in 40 countries around the world. The initiator of the breakfast sessions was the Australian Chemistry Professor Mary Garson (University of Queensland, Brisbane).

Each location had its own program for the breakfast sessions. Maaike Kroon, Professor of Separation Technology at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry of the TU Eindhoven and also the youngest female professor in the Netherlands, was invited to one of the breakfast meetings. At another meeting, Prof. N. H. Velthorst (78) gave a speech. Nel Velthorst was professor of general and analytical chemistry between 1980 and 1997 at the VU University Amsterdam. She was one of the first science professors in the Netherlands.

Networking was the main theme of the event. Students from HU Utrecht communicated via Skype with students in Cairo (Egypt) and Gelsenkirchen (Germany). One of the chemical companies participated in a video-conference with five different locations. And at another chemical company colleagues, led by an expert, shared their views and experiences on the theme: "What is networking and how do we apply it?".

This event proved to be a special endeavour during which all women participated enthusiastically.

  The Day of Chemistry

On Saturday, May 21st the VNCI organised the seventeenth edition of the Day of Chemistry. Seventy chemical companies, research institutions, water authorities and laboratories throughout the Netherlands opened their doors to the public. The 58.000 visitors made the day a great success.

During the Day of Chemistry the young and old could take a look behind the scenes of small and large chemical companies. The companies organized workshops, demonstrations and tours through the laboratories and factories. There were 58.000 visitors (18,000 more than on the previous edition), including many local residents who have wondered what happens behind the closed factory doors. Employees also got the opportunity to show their families what they do. The many children were entertained with inflatable castles, questionnaires and Kid's Labs, where they could perform their own experiments.

A few examples:

Many tents with booths with representatives from various companies were set up at Chemical Park Delfzijl. Visitors could see how raw materials made at the Park can be found in everyday products. Children and visitors not only got to look at various chemical experiments, but were allowed to participate in experiments, for example by stepping into a giant soap bubble.

In Terneuzen the employees of Dow took visitors on a walk through a gallery to show what can be created with Dow's products. Packaging for cheese is one example. Dow is developing a plastic that fulfils all conditions to preserve cheese and is easy to open.

Many companies put the emphasis on safety issues, including Kemira in Rotterdam. The company showed the local residents how they guarantee security. At BASF in the Meern visitors from the surrounding residential areas could learn all about the use of catalysts in such products as toothbrushes and in the production of margarine. Sabic IP in Bergen op Zoom celebrated her 40th birthday with employees and their families, residents and retirees. While children were entertained with games from the fire brigade and a haunted house, personnel took visitors on a tour of the industrial terrain.

The Day of Chemistry is held every other year to raise awareness about the sector among the general public and to increase young people's interest in chemistry.

   Curie Lecture Series

During the International Year of Chemistry, the 100 year anniversary of the second Nobel Prize awarded to Maria Salomea (Marie) Sklodowska-Curie, better known as Madam Curie, will (among other activities) also be celebrated. She was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity and discovered the elements polonium and radium. The Royal Netherlands Chemical Society KNCV cannot pass this celebration up, so a cycle of lectures has been created: the Curie lectures.

In the autumn of 2011, the KNCV will organise several Curie lectures in collaboration with the Museum Boerhaave, including the historic van't Hoff lectures. In addition to attending the lectures, attendees can also visit the current exhibitions of the Museum Boerhaave. Here is an overview of the Curie lectures:

  • Netherlands Forensic Institute - Den Haag


New light on crime scenes, the forensic application of spectroscopic /chemical imaging


16 June 2011


NFI - Den Haag

  • Saxion College - Enschede


Nanotechnology: There is plenty of room at the bottom


5 October 2011


Saxion College - Enschede

  • KNCV and Museum Boerhaave - Leiden


J.H. van't Hoff and catalysis


18 October 2011 (afternoon)


Museum Boerhaave- Leiden

  • KNCV and TNO - Innovation for life - Leiden


Biobased Economy (BBE); sustainable products


25 November 2011 (afternoon)


Museum Boerhaave- Leiden

  • KNCV section for Radio - and Ray chemistry - Leiden


Radiochemistry and ray chemistry since Madam Curie


9 December 2011


Museum Boerhaave- Leiden



Scientific Children's Lecture


27 December 2011


Museum Boerhaave- Leiden

  Madam Curie and the Secret of the Trembling Ray

The opening nights of the musical show "Marie Curie and the Secret of the Trembling Ray" (8 +) were held on the 17th and 18th of June in the Zeehelden Theatre in The Hague. Regular performances have followed since then.

"Madam Curie and the Secret of the Trembling Ray" is a musical production for (school) children from the age of 8. Marie Curie is working on a very important formula (that of the X-rays) when she is suddenly kidnapped. Everyone is very worried; she is meant to receive the Nobel Prize in Sweden in just a couple of days! Then Madam Curie and one of her abductors fall in love (chemistry!) and with the aid of an invisibility serum they manage to escape! This show is all about the positive aspects of chemistry.

  Chemistry at Sea: a sunny exhibition at Science Centre NEMO

Science Centre NEMO and VNCI, the Association of Dutch Chemical Industry, have put together the summer exhibition "Chemistry at Sea". This exhibition took place from the 25th of June until the 4th of September.

During the summer of the International Year of Chemistry, the summer exhibition of Science Centre NEMO in Amsterdam was entirely devoted to chemistry. On a sunny beach setting, visitors could learn all about chemistry in everyday life. The exhibition demonstrated how everything around you is made up of particles. And if you know how those particles work and interact with each other, then you can make your wishes come true. You can make materials stronger, make food and drinks tastier, make products more beautiful and much, much more. The cradle-to-cradle principle was also explained. The exhibition included a cocktail bar, a surf shop and a snack stall. Of course there were many experiments and demonstrations as well.

The exhibition was interactive and suitable for families with children. Around 100,000 people have visited the exhibition.

   Chemistry Run

Chemistry Run is a unique running event in the province of Zeeland, along an impressive factory site. The event was organised by the VNCI, the Association of Dutch Chemical Industry, as part of the International Year of Chemistry and took place on Saturday, September 10, 2011. There were between 1,000 and 1,500 runners.

This sporting event was intended to show that chemistry plays a central role in society and in sports, including running. Think of, for example, the technologies behind sportswear and energy drinks. The aim of this event was to decrease the gap between chemistry and society.

There were two long distances: the half marathon and the 10 km run. For the youngest athletes, the Kid's Run was organised. What made the event unique was the use of a section of the Dow Chemical site for the run. The remainder of the route went across an ingenious system of locks and through beautiful nature. The finish of all distances took place in the centre of Terneuzen in Zeeland.

Large and small companies from the chemical industry sponsored the event together with the municipality of Terneuzen and the province of Zeeland.

   Global Chemistry Experiment, a record attempt for worldwide investigation into water quality

Young people all over the world are doing a study of water quality in their own region. In the Netherlands, children from primary and secondary schools are conducting several supervised experiments.

This is the largest study carried out by young people in the world. Foundation C3 organises the Global Chemistry Experiment here in the Netherlands. Through experimentation children determine the quality of water in their own region. (Chemistry) teachers supervise the students in carrying out this research or ask for assistance from Foundation C3. The results are collected in an international database for worldwide comparison. Furthermore, In October chemists will provide a guest lecture on the Global Chemistry Experiment in the elementary schools. Teachers and professors from colleges and universities will provide a master class on water for high school students.


The KNCV and NWO jointly organise the CHAINS meeting (CHemistry As INnovation Science). The meeting will take place on 28, 29 and 30 November 2011 and will unofficially close the International Year of Chemistry in 2011 in the Netherlands in DeFabrique, Maarssen.

The divisions of the KNCV and the working groups of NWO will jointly provide the content to this unique scientific conference. The goal is to show the diversity of chemistry, to highlight the "creative future" of chemistry and 'the role of chemistry in the needs of the world'. The conference will have international appeal. During these days the many lectures will push the boundaries of various fields within chemistry, crossing the interfaces between the fields. The conference can accommodate 1500 to 2000 visitors, the target group consisting of scientists from all disciplines, universities and business.

 EC2E2N and ECTN Association News ...



ECTN Association

ECTN Association Administrative Council: The next meeting will take place on Sunday 9th October 2011 in Helsinki. Any member wishing to add items to the agenda for this meeting are invited to send them to Tony Smith as soon as possible.
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EChemTest Committee Meeting: The next meeting will take place on Friday 7th October 2011 in Helsinki. Any member wishing to add items to the agenda for this meeting are invited to send them to Pascal Mimero as soon as possible. 
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EC2E2N Network

"EC2E2N 2" New Project Application
Anthony Smith, Lyon FR (E.U.)

The Progress Report for the EC2E2N project has been evaluated and accepted by the European Commission. A copy of the ‘Plans for the Future’ part of the report is available here.

The next Management Committee meeting of the project will take place on Saturday 8th October 2011 in Helsinki. If there are any items you would like discussed by the committee please let Tony Smith know.


The deadline for the application for a new network project, to run from October 2012 to September 2015, is 2nd February 2012. The Management Committee would be very pleased to receive any ideas for this new project. Any topic concerning higher education in chemistry and /or chemical engineering is eligible. We need to produce an innovative project to maximize our chances of receiving funding. Please send Tony Smith your ideas as soon as possible.

Read the full project call online (webpage)
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ECTNA General Assembly and EC2E2N Plenary Meeting Report, Bratislava 2011
Anthony Smith, Lyon FR (E.U.) & Marta Sališova, Bratislava SK

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  EC2E2N Working Groups' Reports

WP12 Survey: Towards European quality labels for teacher education programmes
Ilka Parchmann, Kiel DE (E.U.) & Iwona Maciejowska, Kraków PL (E.U.)

One of the goals of WP12 is to collect general and content-specific information about pre-service teacher education in different countries (secondary school teachers). You could help us by fulfilling an on-line questionnaire or forwarding this request to the appropriate person in your university/region/country.


Thank you in advance
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WP16 Report:  Generic skills in third cycle chemistry programmes
Kristiina Wähälä, Helsinki FI (E.U.)

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WP18 Call: Continuing Education
Sébastien Gagneur, Lyon FR (E.U.)

WG Meeting to be held in Helsinki FI, October 2011.
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  NewsLetter 2011 Special Editorial Programme

Pascal Mimero, Lyon FR (E.U.)

The 2011 programme ( was going smoothly as scheduled end of 2010 and thanks to all Guest Editors already involved for their valuable contributions: Italian Chemical Society with the University of Perugia (January), Czech and Slovak Chemical Societies (March), French Chemical Society (April), German Chemical Society (May) and Irish Chemical Institute (June). Then, after this successful series, a break occurred as the July edition was not published for different technical problems - we must apologize for it. Now we are re-starting along the scheduled issues with the Royal Dutch Chemical Society in September, and on track the Romanian Chemical Society (October) and Royal Society of Chemistry (December) who will close the year.

In between 2 Special Editions:

  • end of October, one Special Edition dedicated to African and Middle-Eastern countries, anybody from this continent having interest, within the IYC context or for Chemical Education purpose, to publish or disseminate information, are pleased to contact me;

  • mid-November, the second Special Edition dedicated to Central and South Americas, and same as above, do not hesitate if you want to contribute.  
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Articles and Papers



EuCheMS Division of Chemical Education

Iwona Maciejowska, Kraków PL (E.U.)

We all like to hear new voices and interesting conference presentations. The Division of Chemical Education of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (DivCEd EuCheMS) is organizing alternately two international conferences - ECRICE and EuroVariety - and is going to set up a list of active researchers in the field of Chemical Education, from which could be found potential speakers at European, Regional and National Conferences. If you would like to join, please send us your data: name, institution, field of research/expertise, languages spoken, e-mail address; you also could add your homepage / labpage address at your institution website.

Large dissemination of this invitation is highly recommended, and we will be very grateful for your assistance.

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European and International Conferences Agenda ...  


International Conference on New Perspectives in Sciences Education, March 8-9, 2012

Elisabetta Delle Donne, Florence IT (E.U.)

The International Conference New Perspectives in Science Education will take place in Florence, Italy,  on 8 -9 March 2012.

The New Perspective in Science Education conference has the aim to promote transnational cooperation and share good practice in the field of innovation for Science Education.
The New Perspectives in Science Education Conference provides excellent opportunities for the presentation of previous and current projects in the science education field.
The New Perspectives in Science Education Conference focuses on the following topics:

  • Science Teaching Methods

  • New Technologies for Science Teaching

  • Science Education Resources and Activities

  • Science Education Projects and Initiatives

  • Science Education and Disabled People

  • Science Communication

  • Training of Science Teachers

The Call for Papers, in the framework of the New Perspectives in Science Education Conference, is addressed to researchers, teachers and experts as well as to coordinators of projects and initiatives in the field of science education. Researchers, teachers,  experts and project coordinators in the field of science education are invited to submit an abstract of a paper to be presented during the New Perspectives in Science Education Conference. The abstract should be written in English (300 words) and
sent via e-mail to: , no later than 14 November 2011.

Important dates

  • 14 November 2011: Deadline for submitting abstracts

  • 9 December 2011: Notification of Acceptance / Rejection

  • 9 January 2012: Deadline for final submission of papers

  • 8 – 9 March 2012: Dates of the conference

At the New Perspectives in Science Education Conference there will be three presentation modalities: Oral and poster presentations (in-person) and virtual (for those who cannot attend in person).

An ISBN publication will be produced with all the accepted papers.

For further information about the New Perspectives in Science Education Conference, please contact us at the following address: or visit the conference website: http:

Dr. Elisabetta Delle Donne
Via Luigi Lanzi 12, 50134 Firenze, Italy
Tel. +39-055-48.97.00 ; Fax. +39-055-462.88.73
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Europlan - The European Cooperation Portal for Education, Training and Culture
International Conference on New Technologies for Language Learning
International Conference "The Future of Education"
International Conference "New Perspectives in Science Education"

Conferences' Agenda


EUROANALYSIS 2011 - Belgrad RS, Sept. 11-15, 2011
7th IMA - Instrumental Methods of Analysis-Modern Trends and Applications - Chania, Crete GR, Sept. 18-22, 2011
Joint autumn schools in Chios island (Greece) and Izmir (Turkey) - Oct. 5-11, 2011

IT-Enhanced Organic & Sustainable Education Training Course - Chios Islands GR
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IT-Enhanced Organic & Sustainable Education Training Course for Teachers, Trainers and Agricultural Professionals - Izmir TR
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AIEC 2011 Australian International Educational Conference - Adelaïde SA AU, Oct. 11-14, 2011 - Download the Brochure ()
RAFA 2011 - Recent Advances in Food Chemistry - Prague CZ, Nov. 1-4, 2011 - Download the Flyer ()
ICERI 2011 - International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation - Madrid ES, Nov. 14-16, 2011
Cimqusef'2011 - Rabbat MA, Nov. 15-17, 2011

VIII  IOSTE Symposium for Central and Eastern Europe - Riga LV, Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2011 - University of Latvia,

International Conference "New Perspectives in Science Education" - Florence IT,  March 8-9, 2012

21st Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education / Issues of Heterogeneity and Cultural Diversity in Science Education and Science Education Research - TU Dortmund University, May 17-19, 2012

1st International Congress on Business and Economic Research (ICBER 2012)
Omoku-Nigeria, 25-28 June, 2012 -
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1st International Congress on Social and Cultural Studies (ICSCS 2012)
Omoku-Nigeria, 25-28 June, 2012 -
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5th International Conference "Research in Didactics of the Sciences" - Krakow PL, June 27-29, 2012

Joined Conferences:
11th ECRICE ( and 22nd ICCE (; Rome IT, July 15-20, 2012
4th EuCheMS Chemistry Conference - Prague CZ, August 26-30, 2012

2012 International Conference on Agriculture, Science and Engineering (ICASE 2012)
Omoku-Nigeria, September 3-7, 2012 -
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1st International Conference on Environmental Studies and Research (ICESR 2012)
Omoku-Nigeria, September 3-7, 2012 -
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Professor Dr Nkasiobi S. Oguzor, Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku-Nigeria
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XV IOSTE International Symposium - Yasmine Hammamet TN, Oct 29 - Nov. 3, 2012



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