ECTN Association and ECEEN Association Electronic Publication - February 2012,
As a conclusion of the intense 2011 activity, started in December 2010 with Ilka Parchmann (Chair of the EuCheMS Division of Chemical Education), we welcome Pavel Drašar as the first Guest Editor of 2012, President of the Czech Chemical Society and Chairman of the EurChem Registration Board ...
Pavel Drašar, EurChem Chairman, Prague CZ (E.U.)
Individual professional designation "European Chemist" (EurChem) was set in 1992 by European Communities Chemistry Council (ECCC) on the initiation from the European administration. From its beginning, the purpose of the European Chemist scheme is to set a common standard for the recognition of professional competence in chemistry across European countries. Currently it recognises professional competence in the practice and application of chemistry; provides evidence of development beyond academic qualifications; enhances the mobility of professional chemists within Europe, and provides a means of comparison of education and competence in chemistry.
Last year, the "Green paper" of the European Commission (Brussels, 22.6.2011, COM(2011) 367 final) presented new ideas for facilitating mobility in the Single Market, such as the European Professional Card; as a tool able to build on achievements; and to set out the options for the modernisation of automatic recognition of qualification. As a part of the broad consultation on these ideas that was aimed to help the Commission to assess the various options for the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive, EuCheMS responded in the official letter that in principle, the "European Chemist" is such an instrument and is ready for implementation in multisectorial European structure. Moreover, it was agreed in EuCheMS that any time, when it shall be necessary, every "European Chemist (EurChem)" may get a document in a form of an ID that will prove his/her professional quality and experience. The "card" itself shall follow the pattern that was set in the materials of EC as well as by FEANI and Association of German Engineers (VDI) by their Engineering Card that resembles a European driver's license.
The call for such a document is initiated by acute shortage of technically educated and experienced professionals that is already seen in several European countries.
As usual, chemists are ready to help.
Pavel Drašar, Organizer, Prague CZ (E.U.)
In the end of August 2012 there will be in Prague 4th European Chemistry Congress organized by EuCheMS. As the main lectures there will be:
Ciechanover Aaron, Tumor and Vascular Biology Research Center, Haifa, IL, Why our proteins have to die so we shall live OR The ubiquitin proteolytic system - from basic mechanisms thru human diseases and onto drug targeting.
Ertl Gerhard, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, GE, Catalysis at surfaces: From atoms to complexity.
Grubbs Robert H., California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, Design and applications of selective reactions of olefins.
Lehn J. M., ISIS, Université de Strasbourg, France, From Supramolecular Chemistry towards Adaptive Chemistry.
Tsien Roger Y., Howard Hughes Medical Institute La Jolla, USA, Breeding and building molecules to image cells, electric fields, and disease processes.
Wüthrich Kurt, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA, NMR - Where Physical Chemistry Meets Biology and Medicine.
Yonath Ada, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, IL, The amazing ribosome.
Several topics from current activities of the network will be presented and discussed in a section devoted to "Education and History, Professional chemists, Ethics, Employability, Labels".
Among the communications here we will have:
Maciejowska Iwona and Yates Paul
van der Westhuizen Jan
As a special guest of Congress and dramatic interlude of the Special Symposium on Ethics in chemistry there will Djerassi Carl (Stanford University, USA) present his new play: "Insufficiency" - a play in 9 scenes. Staged dramatic reading directed by Zdenek Havlas Jr. this "science-in-theatre" play dealing with the science of "bubbleology" as applied to champagne and beer with a few digs along the way at the foibles of academic publishing, academic snobbery, and academic tenure. An apt illustration of themes pertaining to the "Ethics in Science - Chemistry and Ethics" Congress special topic, but actually of relevance to the entire chemical community.
The registration of the Congress and
more information are at
http://www.euchems-prague2012.cz/. Do not miss the opportunity to be there
and to send your students for an unforgettable experience.
by Anthony Smith, Network Coordinator, Lyon FR (E.U.)
The 2012 Plenary meeting in Milan will run from the morning of Thursday 26 April until Saturday 28 April (lunchtime). As in the past, the network will fund accommodation and most meals for this period, but not travel costs, for all working group members and at least one representative of all network partners. If you have not already done so, please register as soon as possible for this meeting. For information go to www.ectn-assoc.org and click on "Annual Conference 2012" just above the Italian flag.
The programme is still preliminary. There will be two or three plenary lectures in addition to working group sessions and presentations of working group outcomes. For those participants not actively involved in a working group, a summary of the working group activities will be distributed to all participants to enable them to choose the group that most interests them.
There will also be presentations to contest winners of an EChemTest competition, a competition for the design of materials concerning Chemistry and Modern Society, and the winners of the magic show competition which will be held during the meeting, with the participation of 6 teams of students.
The meeting will start at 9h00 on Thursday 26 April and end with lunch at 13h00 on Saturday 28 April.
We are nearing the end of this current project and a new application has been submitted. A brief presentation of the new project will be made.
All participants are invited to present a poster relevant to higher education in chemistry.
We look forward to seeing you in
The next meeting of the ECTN
Management Committee will take place on Saturday 3rd March 2012 in
Malta. Any EC2E2N member wishing to propose items for the agenda are invited to
contact Tony Smith.
An application has been submitted (the deadline was February 2nd 2012) for funding for a new EC2E2N project, called EC2E2N2.
This project has 106 EU partners and 7 "third country" partners. Third countries are any countries not eligible for direct Erasmus funding. In our case, institutions from Australia, Canada, Egypt, Kazakhstan, South Africa and the United States have joined our project.
With all the tables that have to be completed the full application runs to 580 pages. All partners will receive a copy of the application. For information, a copy of the summary of the project is provided in the following paragraphs:
The Erasmus network for chemistry and chemical engineering education, EC2E2N2, brings together all actors in the sector, in Europe and beyond, with the aim of supporting and providing the tools for addressing the Europe 2020 strategy, the proposed 'Erasmus for All' aims, the continued development of the European Higher Education Area, and the issues concerning Higher Education raised by the chemical industry in their report on 'Skills for Innovation in the European Chemical Industry' (CEFIC, October 2011) and the report of the DG Enterprise and Industry High Level Group on Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry.
The project will produce the following main outputs/products:
Best practice examples of important areas of science teacher training, and a self-evaluation test for these areas
A database of expertise in different teaching methods
A survey and needs analysis for the training of professional chemists and training modules for professional chemists
An entrepreneurship training initiative, a cluster of spinoff/start-up companies and a support structure for this cluster
Case studies illustrating the impact of chemistry on society and a test of chemistry in everyday life
The creation and support of a Virtual Learning Community
Recommendations to enhance mobility in the sector, including the use of industrial placements
Descriptors and a quality label for short-cycle studies in chemistry
An integrated set of descriptors for all post-secondary education in chemistry looking towards Europe 2020.
These outputs will have a positive
impact on the quality of teacher training; provide opportunities for
professional training for both employed and unemployed chemists; enhance
mobility; provide the tools for sustainable entrepreneurship; and aid the design
of courses at all post-secondary levels. They will also help to improve the
public understanding of chemistry and provide motivation for the study of
by Anthony Smith, ECTN Association Secretary, Lyon FR (E.U.)
The ECTN Association will hold the 2012 General Assembly on Friday 27 April in Milan during the EC2E2N meeting.
At this general assembly elections will take place to elect members of the Label Committee. Information about this will be sent to all Association members in the near future. Please be reminded that membership fees for 2011 (or 2012 for new members) must have been paid in order to be eligible to vote in these elections.
The next meeting of the Administrative Council will take place on 4 March 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.
We welcome the University of Liege, Belgium, and Leuven University College, Belgium as new members of the Association. We look forward to working together with them in the future.
You are not a member of the Association? Why not join?
The Association is becoming
increasingly active and influential in higher education in chemistry in Europe.
The quality labels for bachelor and master, the EChemTest which is now
developing rapidly towards commercial activities and more widespread
non-commercial use by the membership of the Association, participation in three
European projects involving doctoral studies and testing centres with other
projects in the pipeline, are just some of the Association activities. Contact
Tony Smith for details of how to join the Association and become involved, as
well as obtain the advantages offered by membership.
by Pascal Mimero, EChemTest Chair, Lyon FR (E.U.)
A great effort is being done by the Thessaloniki Team and Translators to achieve the translation and implementation of both question banks of General Chemistry 1 and General Chemistry 2 in various European languages.
The current service is now covering:
In finalization process:
The offer of translated demo tests is increasing, check the global demo page.
TC Amsterdam NL. Reported by Natasa Brouwer (TC Advisor). 3 trial sessions were scheduled and ran at Tshwane University of Technology of Pretoria in South-Africa last November 2011. The general feedback was
"(...) the reaction about EChemTest was very enthusiastic. They were very pleased with the possibility to investigate / test the tests.".
TC Ljubljana SI. We welcome the new team managed by Prof. dr. Marjan Veber and assisted for the IT Administration tasks by Prof. dr. Jurij Reščič, both from Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana. After a period of activity supervision under the leadership of our TC located in Thessaloniki GR hosted by the Aristotle University, the Ljubljana team has reached a consistent activity allowing them to be officially granted as Test Center with full authority. They are ready to start the operation.
TC Budapest HU. We welcome the new team managed by Dr. Gergely Tóth and assisted for the IT Administration tasks by Dr. Gábor Magyarfalvi, both from the Institute of Chemistry, Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. After a period of activity supervision under the leadership of our TC located in Lyon FR hosted by CPE Lyon, the Budapest team has reached a consistent activity allowing them to be officially granted as Test Center with full authority. They will soon start the operation.
by Pascal Mimero, NewsLetter Editor, Lyon FR (E.U.)
As we move on from 2011, the Year of Chemistry, I would like to take this opportunity to officially and warmly thank all of our many contributors, including Presidents of Chemical Societies, Guest editors, national contributors, authors and co-authors, Communication departments and indeed all who have done such a good job in contributing highly valuable material and thus helped to increase our readership.
I would like to make special mention of the teams involved in providing the two Special Issues dedicated to African and Middle-East countries and to Latin America and pay tribute to the great value of the articles contained in these issues. It has been a great adventure and a rewarding collaboration, crossing borders and providing pictures of countries, which though geographically far removed from Europe, and despite often having extremely limited resources, share our aspirations of promoting the image of chemistry and educating and enthusing students to become the flag-bearers of the future.
We are delighted to welcome you to our columns again; please feel free to share your ideas and suggestions with us. We have received much excellent feedback on the issues from 2011 and are hoping to include further Special Issues during 2012, with several ideas currently being considered.
I cannot conclude this editorial without adding a big thank you for the support I have received from both our Editorial Board, and members of EC2E2N and the ECTN Association who supplied material and contributions throughout the year, thus enabling this valuable resource to be provided to the Chemistry community.
Again many thanks, good luck and happy reading to you all.
Below by country and alphabetic order, at least the known contributors ...:
- Czech Rep and Slovakia: Barek Jiri, Drasar Pavel, Floch L'ubomir, Labuda Jan, Salisova Marta, ...
- France: Bléneau-Serdel Séverine, Chaquin Patrick, Defranceschi Mireille, Férey Gérard, Homolle Olivier, Tkatchenko Igor, Vitorge Marie-Claude, ...
- Germany: Dröscher Michael, Karger Gerhard, Koch Wolfram, Koester Vera, Schmitz Karin, Weinig Hans-Georg, ...
- Ireland: Murray Brian, Porter Sheila, Costello Mary , Rider Gerry, Childs Peter, Donegan Sheila, McDonnell Claire, ...
- Italy: Barone Vincenzo, Floriano Michele A., Lagana Antonio, Manuali Carlo, ...
- Netherland: Dankers Robert, Op den Kelder Gabrielle, ...
- Romania: Chambre Dorina, Coman Virginia, Draghici Camelia, Rosca Sorin, Silvestru Anca, Simionescu Bogdan, Stanescu Michaela Dina, Todasca Maria-Cristina, Zarafu Irina, ...
- United Kingdom: Beard Charlotte, Edwards Jon, Elliott Ray, Elliott Sheena, Phillips David, ...
Special Issue 1:
- D.R. Congo: Kabuyi Mireille Bilonda, ...
- Egypt: Nawar Nagwa, ...
- Israel: Agbaria Issam, Mamlok-Naaman Rachel , Zoller Uri, ...
- Kenya: Kamau Geoffrey N., ...
- Kuweit: Al-Najjar Abdulazziz, ...
- Niger: Mahamane A., ...
- Nigeria: Adekola Folahan A., Nosike Austin N., Oguzor Nkasiobi S., Omanufoghor Emekene Clément, Opara Jacinta A., Uwiekadom Ejimaji Emmanuel, ...
- Mauritius: Ramasami Ponadurai, ...
- Morocco and Jordan: Evangelia Varella, ...
- South-Africa: Mammino Liliana, Steenberg Erica, Coville Neil, and all contributors of the various Universities Bradley John, Case Jeni, Davidowitz Bette, Craig Cheryl, Drumond Helen, du Toit Marié Marié, Lemmer Miriam, Marais Peter, Ngcosa Ken, Potgieter Marietjie, Rollnick Marissa, Schwartz M.J., Selvaratnam Mailoo, Sewry Joyce, Toerien René, Vhurumuku Elaosi
by Gino Paolucci, Group Leader, Venice IT (E.U.)
The international phase of the Student Contest is ended with the final evaluation made by each national coordinator.
First of all let me congratulate with all the participants to the contest for the quality of their artworks and the efforts they made to explain to all the various attendances the role of the chemistry in the modern society. All the artworks participating in both the national and international stages deserved to be rewarded but the EC2E2N finances do not allow us to reward everyone. The success of competition is clearly evident by the number of hits a web site from all over the world (from 15 November 2011 to 17 February 2012: 3169 visits from 69 countries .
The final evaluation has been done by applyingon the bases of voting (50/100) and of the criteria reported on the rules such as :
Relevance to contest topic (12.5/100)
Level of approach to the chosen audience (12.5)
Artistic Quality (12.5)
The resulting winners are:
Contribution: OLED synthesis and characterisation of highly conjugated organic materials
Winners: Julia Tomasich, Peter GŸll und Bernhard Hackl
IAS Technische UniversitŠt Wien (AUSTRIA)
Table of the Elements
Agostino Di Trapani, Anna Maria Amorello, Giusi Viola
Istituto D'Arte "Vincenzo Ragusa e Otama Kiyohara" di Palermo (ITALY)
A few words about Gasification
To the winners the congratulations of all the Working Group 13 members and for those who want to admire all the work of international competition, the website is:
Finally let me thank all the national coordinators for
the passion and effort they made to the success of the competition, hoping to
have made some contribution to clarify the role of Chemistry in modern society
and to give the correct image of Chemistry to common people.
Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education
by Ingo Eilks, Organizer, Dortmund DE (E.U.)
Issues of Heterogeneity and Cultural Diversity in Science Education and Science Education Research
The preliminary program is now online, the registration is
open. Please visit the link below for all the information you may need:
University of Bremen - Department of Biology and Chemistry
Institute for the Didactics of the Sciences (IDN) - Chemistry Education
Leobener Str. NW2, 28334 Bremen, Germany
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 - Download the Announcement (178Kb)
1st International Congress on Social and Cultural Studies (ICSCS 2012)
Omoku-Nigeria, 25-28 June, 2012 - Download the Announcement (179Kb)
5th International Conference "Research in
Didactics of the Sciences" - Krakow PL, June 27-29, 2012
11th ECRICE (www.11ecrice.org) and 22nd ICCE (www.22icce.org); 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 - Download the Announcement (107Kb)
4th IUPAC ICGC International
Conference on Green Chemistry
International Conference on
Agriculture, Science and Engineering (ICASE 2012)
Omoku-Nigeria, September 3-7, 2012 - Download the Announcement (234Kb)
Conference on Environmental Studies and Research (ICESR 2012)
XV IOSTE International Symposium - Yasmine Hammamet TN,
Oct 29 - Nov. 3, 2012
International Seminar on Professional Teacher Development - Hardoi
(Uttar Pradesh) IN ,
Nov. 17-18, 2012
44th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress - Istanbul TR ,
Aug. 11-16, 2013
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