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our life, our future

We welcome the Royal Society of Chemistry as guest editor for the December 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 Society of Chemistry

:: EC2E2N and ECTN Assoc. News ...

:: Articles and Papers

:: Follow up of the 2011 Special Editions

:: European and International Conferences

2011 Quote :  200th Birth Anniversary of Robert Bunsen, known as the father of the Bunsen Burner. Also involved in many more ... as celebrated by a Google Doodle and articles in National Geographic, The Telegraph, The Guardian, ...



Be all your wishes fulfilled


Dear EC2E2N NewsLetter Readers,

When I was asked, earlier this year, to be guest editor for the last edition of the EC2E2N of 2011, I looked forward to reporting on a year of success in promoting the chemical sciences. I am happy to say that the International Year of Chemistry has brought the wonder of our science to more people than ever before. In the UK, more 16 year-olds are choosing to study chemistry at Advanced Level, record numbers of students are enrolling on chemistry courses at university and there are increasing numbers of science programmes on TV.

Promoting and developing the chemical sciences is at the heart of everything that we do at the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). We are the UK Professional Body for chemical scientists and an international Learned Society for advancing the chemical sciences. Through our offices in the USA, Japan, India, China and the UK, we support a network of over 48,000 members worldwide and an internationally acclaimed publishing business. Our activities span education and training, conferences and science policy, and the promotion of the chemical sciences to the public.

So we were delighted that the whole chemistry community would be working together in 2011 to inspire young people to study the chemical sciences and generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry.

IYC, which marks the centenary of the award of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry to that most brilliant of scientists, Marie-Curie, has provided a great opportunity to look back at some of the important chemical developments in history. I was honoured to be invited to the headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris to officiate at an event to celebrate Marie-Curie’s life, including a fascinating lecture by Dr Serge Plattard of the French Embassy in London on the Marie-Curie’s Life. Serge also delivered a similar lecture in London, but this time focusing on Marie-Curie’s work to develop medical treatments based on her discoveries.

At the RSC, we have been able to go even further back than 100 years by launching a new tool to track the relationships between today’s chemists and previous generations. Chemistry Connections allows chemists to see how they are connected to the great chemists of the past. Take a look at the article in this issue to find out more and please add your own information to this free resource.

I have also been privileged to attend and participate in many impressive events that have been organised by RSC members and other enthusiastic volunteers, including delivering a lecture on the role of light in medicine for our Belgium Section and presentations to school children across the UK. In July, I helped to launch an international exhibition of paintings by African and European children on the role that water plays in their lives, proving that no one was too young to participate in IYC. This was accompanied by information on how chemical scientists help to provide people with safe, clean water.

Earlier this month, we launched an updated, interactive periodic table of the elements, the Visual Elements Periodic Table. This is ideal for students, teachers and anyone who wants reference information or just to discover more about the elements. It shows which elements are becoming difficult to obtain and will help us to educate society about our collective responsibility to conserve scarce elements.

This new resource, and others like it, will keep chemistry in the public eye well beyond 2011. If they can help us to convey the wonder and excitement of the chemical sciences to the next generation of scientists and engineers, this will be a fitting legacy for the International Year of Chemistry.


Guest Editor
Prof. David Phillips OBE CChem FRSC
President, Royal Society of Chemistry


RSC, The Royal Society of Chemistry


  A global framework for education - Safeguarding the future of chemistry and its contributions to society

Ray Elliott CSci CChem FRSC - Ray is chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Science, Education and Industry Board, and is Senor Scientific Advisor at Syngenta.

Today's students are tomorrow's scientists and tomorrow's decision-makers. Some will go on to make discoveries that impact our lives - through scientific innovations that improve our health, that help meet our energy needs, and that enable us to feed a growing population. Many other students, though not directly involved in such discoveries, will make decisions about science, perhaps as future political or business leaders, or certainly at a more personal level on how they vote, how they live their lives, and on the societal, ethical and environmental issues that concern them the most. The future of science therefore depends on both talented scientists and a supportive, informed population. The chemistry community helped the RSC identify priority areas for (...)

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  Help us to draw the family tree for chemistry and see who you are connected to

Sheena Elliott, Corporate Communications Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry
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Of course, we remember who our PhD supervisor was, and we probably know who instructed them. But wouldn't it be fascinating to know which names would come up if you went back to the previous generation or the generation before that? And how might you be connected to the great chemists of the past? Now you can find out with Chemistry Connections, a new tool developed and hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry. If we map the student-supervisor relationship from a single chemist, it is possible to create an academic lineage stretching back through history - a timeline of a single student's academic heritage. If we map the lineage of all students, we can create an entire academic genealogy of chemists. Chemistry Connections is a growing database of over 7,000 academic records, linked through (...)

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  RSC engaging the public with chemistry through the media

Jon Edwards, RSC Media Executive

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) engages with many types of media to help demonstrate the relevance and importance of chemistry in everyday life. We use a combination of hard-hitting policy statements and lighter, human interest stories to reach a broad audience, from the laboratory scientist to the parents at home. Throughout the year there have been important science stories in the media. One of the most prominent was the terrible tsunami and earthquakes in Japan, and the subsequent disaster at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant. Much speculation and misinformation was spread because of fear and a lack of knowledge. The RSC worked alongside other science bodies to make sure the media had the right information, and tried to correct mistakes. For example, reports of global iodine supplies dwindling because of panic-buying were corrected in UK tabloid newspapers by the RSC, along with other misinformation about the use of, and need for (...).

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  Launching a new interactive periodic table: the Visual Elements

Charlotte Beard, RSC Programme Manager, Physical Sciences

As a legacy to the International Year of Chemistry, the RSC has launched a new interactive site for its periodic table - the Visual Elements. This brings a rich source of data on every element together with clean design and visual graphics by the science artist Murray Robertson. Elements can be highlighted by their groups, blocks and periods. Which elements are in solid, liquid and gas phase at any temperature is clearly shown by sliding a button. The user can also explore other information on elements' physical properties, their uses and their scarcity, as well as which countries have the greatest abundance of which elements. More information is given in podcasts by (...).

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  International Art Exhibition by African and European Children

Sheena Elliott, Corporate Communications Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry
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This July, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) launched Our Children on Water, a striking exhibition of paintings by children from across Africa and Europe. The paintings have been on display in five major European cities and will be exhibited in the USA in the spring of 2012. We asked children in South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia, the UK, Spain, Italy, The Czech Republic and Germany, to create paintings which show what water means to them. Many paintings were received in each country and a selection was sent to us in the UK for final judging by a panel including representatives of the charity, Water Aid, and the Royal Academy or Arts. The pictures were accompanied by (...)


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  A new major, new web-resource for chemistry education

Sheena Elliott, Corporate Communications Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry
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We all know that chemistry has a key role in solving the challenges faced by a rising population such as producing enough food, clean water, healthcare and sustainable energy. Chemists in universities and industry are working in these areas, but answers will not all be found overnight. Instead we must ensure a constant flow of talented people are inspired to work in and support this field for the future. This is one of the RSC's most important aims, and for this reason the RSC Education Team will launch a major new platform on the RSC website this January - Learn Chemistry - designed to support chemistry teachers and students around the world. The site will be live on 4 January 2012 (...)

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 EC2E2N and ECTN Association News ...



ECTN Association

ECTN Association Administrative Council: The next meeting will take place on March 4, 2012 in Malta. 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 March 2, 2012 in Malta. 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 next Management Committee meeting of the project will take place on March 3, 2011 in Malta. If there are any items you would like discussed by the committee please let Tony Smith know.

New Project Application: 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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  EC2E2N Working Groups' Reports

WP13 Interim Report : International Contest Progress
Gino Paolucci, Venice IT (E.U.)

We have got 2331 votes from 49 Countries as of December 16th, 2011, in the international phase of EC2E2N Students Contest related to the role of chemistry in contemporary world. Thank you very much for participation. Results of that contest will be published in the next Newsletter (February 2012).

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  NewsLetter 2011 Editorial Programme Ends ...

Pascal Mimero, Lyon FR (E.U.)

A Global feedback on the 2011 Editorial Line will be published in the February 2012 issue.

I already would like to thank all the Guest Editors and Contributors of this 2011 Special Programme, starting with EuCheMS DivChemEd in December 2010, and ending with ECRB in February 2012, for their highly valuable contributions, providing a broad vision of the activities related to chemistry and chemical education in Europe (Italy, Czech and Slovak, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherland, Romania, UK), but also from Latin America and Africa-Near-Middle-East.

Be all of you thank again on behalf of the ECTN Association and EC2E2N Network.  
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Articles and Papers



A Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table

Eric Scerri, Los Angeles CA (USA)
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From the 19th century observation and experiments, to the 21st century atomic physics and quantum mechanics. Eric Scerri approaches the Periodic Table Scientific and Chemical Master Piece of Knowledge in a new exploratory way.

Eric Scerri, A Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table, Oxford University Press, 2011,


Erasmus Mundus Master Course "Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry" (U. Lille, France)

Sonja Moreau, Lille FR (E.U.)
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EM Scholarships available for European and International students

Since 2008, the European Commission awards scholarships to European and international students for attending the now well recognised  "Erasmus Mundus" Master courses, among which is the Master in "Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry".

Selected European students can get 500 Euros per month for the 2 years duration.
Selected non-European students will even get 1000 Euros per month.

The deadline for applying is January 15th 2012 for entering the course in September 2012.

Students will be studying in at least 2 of the following institutions (...)

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Follow-up of the 2011 Special Editions


Near-Middle-East African Special Edition: NLV12N09_201110
Latin America Special Edition: NLV12N10_201111

  JESR & MJSS New Editions

Jacinta Opara, Omuku NG (Afr.)
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Recent publications proposed by Jacinta Opara (Nigeria), Guest of the October NewsLetter Special Issue.

European and International Conferences Agenda ...  


Conferences' Agenda


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
2nd International Conference on Teaching and Learning (ICTL 2012)
Abuja-Nigeria, August 6-9, 2012 -
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2nd International Technology, Education and Environment Conference (TEEC 2012)
Abuja-Nigeria, August 6-9, 2012 - Download the Announcement (110Kb)

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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ICSTE 2012 International Conference on Science and Technology Education
Owerri, Nigeria, Oct 22-26, 2012 - Download the Announcement (581Kb)
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XV IOSTE International Symposium - Yasmine Hammamet TN, Oct 29 - Nov. 3, 2012



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