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our life, our future

We welcome the Romanian Chemical Society as guest editors for the October 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

:: Romanian Chemical Society

:: EC2E2N and ECTN Assoc. News ...

:: Articles and Papers

:: European and International Conferences

2011 Anniversaries

  • 40th : OECD Chemistry Programme on Chemical Safety.

  • 100th : French-Polish and 1st Woman Nobel Prize Marie Sklodowska-Curie.


Dear EC2E2N NewsLetter Readers,

Romanian Chemical Society (Societatea Romana de Chimie) - - was found in 1919 by an enthusiastic group of chemist from Bucharest University.

The society has a fruitful activity in the period 1919-1945, and also an international recognition reflected in the organization of the VI IUPAC Congress in 1925. Among the participants at this event we mention the Nobel prize laureates Victor Grignard and Paul Sabatier.

During 1945-1989 the Society entered in hibernation period, such type of organizations not being agreed by the communist regime. After 1989, another group of enthusiast chemists reorganized the society. Now the Romanian Chemical Society counts a number of:

  • 20 territorial organizations founded around universities, research centres or chemical industry;

  • 7 sections organized on topics;

  • 3000 members including students and honorary members.

Romanian Chemical Society takes charge of 3 publications:

Among the activities organized by RSCh one can mentioned:

  • Organization of national and international conferences, as well as financial support for participation to such events;

  • Organization and support for national and international competitions for young people for attracting them towards chemistry;

  • Organization of national debates concerning education and the development of chemistry in our country;


  • Rewards for members with remarkable professional activity (research, education, industrial implementation, etc.)

As a representative example of international meetings we would like to mention that EucheMS was born in Bucharest at the conference organized in 2004.

The Newsletter tries to present one of the most important activities organized by the society for the Year of Chemistry. It shows also that our society is since long time integrated in the European Area of Research by the traditional international relationships.

It is interesting to mention that with the opportunity of the International Year of Chemistry, the National bank of Romania had launched a special coin:

We do hope that by reading it you will know more about chemists from Romania and maybe, you will try to make new co-operations with society members.

Enjoy your reading.

Prof. Dr. Sorin Rosca,
President of Romanian Chemical Society
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Prof. Dr. Michaela Dina Stanescu
Guest Editor
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Romanian Chemical Society / Societatea Romana de Chimie


  Old tradition in chemical education at the University of Bucharest

Ass. Prof. Dr. Irina Zarafu

Bucharest University was founded in 4/16.07.1864 by Alexandru Ioan Cuza the first prince of the small Romania, formed by the unification in 1859 of the two Romanian provinces: Wallachia and Moldavia. The University of Bucharest is an influential player within the community of Romanian higher education and research. It plays its part in a global intellectual community working towards protecting and reinforcing academic values, as well as towards promoting diversity and international collaboration. The University of Bucharest presently comprises (...)

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  European spirit of chemistry illustrated by the NENITZESCU-CRIEGE cooperation

Prof. Dr. Sorin Rosca
Prof. Dr. Michaela Dina Stanescu

The mankind progress depend a lot of people dedication and knowledge. The International Year of Chemistry is a good opportunity to celebrate such special people. A representative figure of Romanian Organic Chemistry was Professor Costin D. Nenitzescu (1902-1970) for many years Chief of Organic Chemistry Department of Chemical Engineering Faculty from POLITEHNICA University Bucharest and also founder and Director of Romanian Academy Centre of Organic Chemistry. A cooperation generated by the (...)

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   Research excellence at PETRU PONI Research Institute of Romanian Academy, Iasi

Prof. Dr. Bogdan Simionescu

The "Petru Poni" Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry (PPIMC), Iasi, Romania is an Institute of Excellence of the Romanian Academy. Established in February 1949, PPIMC has a sixty years long tradition in fundamental and applied research in polymer chemistry and physics, polymer materials, organic and inorganic chemistry. Located in Copou Hills and extended on an area of ten thousand square meters (laboratories of synthesis and physico-chemical analysis, conference hall, library, production units, mechanical and electrical workrooms), with a (...)

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  The International Year of Chemistry celebrated by the Cluj branch of Romanian Chemical Society

Dr. Virginia Coman (RChS-Cluj Branch president)
Prof. Dr. Anca Silvestru (RChS-Cluj Branch vice-president)

The Cluj branch of the Romanian Chemical Society is formed by chemists involved in teaching, research and industrial activities developed in the frame of faculties, research institutes and laboratories. The main activities in 2011 are dedicated to the International Year of Chemistry. They are focused on our continuous interest both to promote chemistry among the large public and especially to the young generation and to offer special opportunities to students and young researchers to become valuable scientists in their field of interest. Further on we want to point some activities with (...)

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  European Collaboration for Environmental Study Programs, TRANSILVANIA University of Brasov Experience

Prof. Dr. Camelia Draghici

Brasov is located in the geographical heart of Romania, and is one of the most important industrial, cultural and scientific centres of Transylvania and of the entire country. The beginning of higher education in Brasov started in 1948 as the Institute for Planning, and developed in time as several institutes like Sylviculture Institute, Institute of Mechanics, Polytechnic Institute, Institute of Pedagogy and University of Brasov (1971). In 1991, the university received its current name, TRANSILVANIA University of Brasov, which is a State University, carrying out scientific research, teaching as (...)

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   Promoting Chemistry among young people, AUREL VLAICU University of Arad

Ass. Prof. Dorina Chambre

AUREL VLAICU University of Arad was developed after 1989, from a branch of Polytechnic Institute of Timisoara, in response to the need of educational process enhancement according Lisbon target. It has behind different attempt to create a high education institution in Arad (Theological Institute-1822, The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnique-1947). Different courses in chemistry field are included in the curricula for undergraduate and master students of the Faculty of Food engineering, Tourism and Environmental protection, founded in 2000. The Arad branch of Chemical Society was initiated since (...)

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   IYC in the eyes of the Young Chemist Section of Romanian Chemical Society

Dr. Maria-Cristina Todasca

Young Chemists Section (STC) of Romanian Chemical Society (SChR) celebrated along with the entire world the International Year of Chemistry organizing events for all Romanian young chemists either from schools, high schools, universities or industry. The events organized by Young Chemist Section of SChR where either traditional ones that were continued with more enthusiasm and with special proceedings dedicated to IYC or new events that we hope to turn into tradition. Traditional events like "ChemEx" - Exchange program for students from different universities across Romania - continued this year in some usual places like (...)

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 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.

For information, new ECTN Association Application Forms are available for download (version 1110) from the top menu item "Forms download", or directly from <here>.
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Eurolabel 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 Pavel Drašar 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)
Download the full project call (PDF, 181Kb)
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EC2E2N Management Committee Meeting: The next meeting will take place on Saturday 8th 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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  EC2E2N Working Groups' Reports

WP12 Survey REMINDER: 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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WP13 Report: European Contest started in Poland
Artur Michalak, Kraków PL (E.U.)

On Sept. 15th-18th in Kraków (Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University), the national stage of the European EChemTest Competition took place. The competition was organized during the 1st Forum of Young Chemist, a conference organized for high-school students in Poland. The European EChemTest Competition is addressed to students at the secondary education level (before entering university).

The competition is organized by the EChemTest Testing Centres and consists of two stages:

During the Kraków event, 79 high-school students from all parts of Poland participated in the first stage of the competition in which there had to solve "GC1" General Chemistry 1 test (in Polish). The average result was 84.9%; 4 students solved the test with the maximum score of 100%.

11 students were qualified for the second stage in which there had to solve "GC2" Level 2 General Chemistry test (in Polish). The results were in the range of 61%-93%, with an average of 74%. The two winners that will part in the European Finale were:

  1. Damian Antoniak from Warsaw - 93 % in GC2 (100 % in GC1)

  2. Tymoteusz Basak from Kolobrzeg - 81 % in GC2 (97 % in GC1)


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  NewsLetter 2011 - Special Editions

Pascal Mimero, Lyon FR (E.U.)

Reminder, call for contributions opened for our next two Special Editions scheduled:  
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Articles and Papers



IUPAC 2011, "Chemistry Bridging Innovation Among the Americas and the World", San Juan PR

Iwona Maciejowska, Krakow PL (E.U.)

The 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress "Chemistry Bridging Innovation Among the Americas and the World" took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 31.08 to 05.08.2011.

Besides seven Nobel price laureates, IUPAC President, ACS President, etc...  Prof. C. Mahidol, Her Majesty Princess of Thailand, gave a lecture. A special event held in the frame of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry. There were ten concurrent sessions each day from Monday through Thursday and Poster Sessions each afternoon and evening. Over 3.200 chemists from all over the world attended the congress.

In the framework of IAC 500 and IAC 501 Symposia "Industrial and Applied Chemistry - Chemists' Employability and Professional Development", EC2E2N and ECTNA outcomes were also presented during the Congress. Jiri Barek presented a talk entitled "Quality labels and employability in chemistry" which also included the report on "Employability of the Chemistry First Cycles Graduates", and Pascal Mimero a talk about "Quality standards in chemistry assessment: EChemTest, one of the available services to help chemists' recognition on the market". The other speakers were G. Klotz (CEFIC), M.J. Droescher (COCI IUPAC), Arlene Russell and Mary Kirchoff (ACS), and Sergio Facchetti (SCI).
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All what you want to know about the Periodic Table ...

Eric Scerri, Los Angeles CA (USA)

Eric has written a number of books and articles dealing with the Periodic Table. He recently informed us about his new website:


Comments and suggestions are most welcome. If you find any interest please also consider making a link to your own website.

Two of the published titles:

UCLA faculty website: http:

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European and International Conferences Agenda ...  



Symposium "Chemical Education: International and Multicultural Perspectives", ACS 243rd National Meeting, San Diego CA USA, March 25-29, 2012

Santiago Sandi-Urena, Tampa FL (USA)

Member of the International Activities Committee of the Division of Chemical Education of the ACS.
We are organizing a symposium for the ACS 243rd National Meeting in San Diego in March 25-29, 2012.The title of the symposium is "Chemical Education: International and Multicultural Perspectives". We would like to have as many international participants as possible. Our intention is to promote international interactions and stir some collaborations and discussions! Deadline for submission of abstracts is approaching fast: October 31, 2011. Any other ideas in helping us spread the word will be greatly appreciated.

Please find below the symposium abstract and contact information:
Abstract submission link:
http: Dr. Santiago Sandi-Urena
Department of Chemistry, University of South Florida, CHE 202C,4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620,
, (913) 974-0942

Dr. Sonali Raje
Department of Chemistry, 528D Smith Hall, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252,
, (410) 704-4622

International Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry (ICPAC 2012), Mauritius, July 2-6, 2012

Ponnadurai Ramasami, Port-Louis (MU)

Greetings from Mauritius!!

The International Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry (ICPAC 2012) will be held on July 2-6, 2012, at Hilton hotel, in Mauritius.

The theme of ICPAC 2012 is "Chemistry: The Key for our Future" for this event. ICPAC 2012 will feature a keynote lecture, a wide variety of plenary, invited and contributed lectures as well as poster sessions.

Prof Robert Huber, the 1988 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, will deliver the keynote lecture.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for ICPAC 2012

Full papers (optional) will be peer reviewed and accepted papers will be collected in the book of proceedings to be published by Springer.

There will also be workshops and symposia conducted by experts on different chemical aspects.

It will also be an opportunity for participants to visit the island of Mauritius, famous for its sun, sea and sand and multicultural aspects.


Workshop/Symposium Proposal

31st Dec 2011

Abstract Submission (Oral or Poster)

15th Mar 2012

Booking for Accommodation

01st Apr 2012

Early Registration

01st May 2012

Full Paper (Optional)

01st Oct 2012

We look forward to welcoming you, academicians and researchers, to participate in this International gathering.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any more information.

Dr. Ponnadurai Ramasami
Chairman of ICPAC 2012
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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


Joint autumn schools in Chios island (Greece) and Izmir (Turkey) - Oct. 5-11, 2011

IT-Enhanced Organic & Sustainable Education Training Course - Chios Islands GR
Download the Announcement () and the Brochure ()

IT-Enhanced Organic & Sustainable Education Training Course for Teachers, Trainers and Agricultural Professionals - Izmir TR
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() and the Brochure ()

AIEC 2011 Australian International Educational Conference - Adelaďde 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

International Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry - Mauritius, July 2-6, 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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