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CV Check in Nürnberg

August 18, 2010

When travelling to Nürnberg, you shouldn’t forget to bring along your CV (of course in English!) as there will a professional CV check at the CareerDays on Tuesday, 31 August and there are still some slots available.
You can choose either to be checked by a native speaker (Careers Adviser of the Royal Society of Chemistry) or by German recruiting experts from Sanofi-Aventis, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bayer Healthcare, Merck or Evonik.
Combined with the opportunities given by the JobFair and the partnering platform you have the best chance to start your career in Nürnberg!

See you at the 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress,



Newsflash: How to visit the conference – for free…

June 28, 2010

You want to come to the 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress in Nürnberg but you don’t have the money and no grant in sight? Well, you should think about becoming a

Volunteer for the Organiser

This way, you will be registered for free and though you have to work during the congress, you still will have the chance to visit lectures. But there are also some catches, of course: You have to wear a “Volunteer-Shirt” so everybody knows that you can help, and you have to speak at least English (fluent). As always, additional languages are an asset.

In case you’re interested, please contact

See you in Nürnberg!

Newsflash: Preliminary Program Online!

June 24, 2010

Hey all,
another milestone has been reached. The daily schedules of the EuCHeMS Congress 2010 are available now. Almost 90% of the lectures have been captured already. Now you got the great chance to develop your personal seminar schedule to satisfy your demands the best! Check it out, right here!

See you in Nürnberg

Quality of Living Ranking 2010 – Nürnberg gets Top Ranking

May 27, 2010

Just stumbeld over this year’s “Quality of Living Ranking” by Mercer Consulting. In this study that ranks cities worthwhile to live in, our congress venue is no. 24 topping such lovely places like Dublin, San Francisco, Helsinki, Paris, London, Tokyo, Barcelona, Madrid or NewYork! In the Eco-city Ranking, the position is even better: Nürnberg is no. 13 worldwide!

So you see, just as Dr. Richard Pike, Executive Director of RSC, said in our ‘Invitation to Nuremberg’-movie:
“Germany is a great place to be!”
and with the Eco-city ranking you almost have to join the symposium “Ressources and Environment” – where else could this congress be spotted better this year?

See you in Nürnberg!

Current State – Participants and Abstracts

May 21, 2010

Hey all,

some information after the deadlines for early registration and abstract submission passed on by. Right now, there are already more than 1400 participants registered representing more than 40 countries. The number of abstracts is even more impressing as over 1600 abstratcs are submitted to be reviewed by the scientific committee.
These numbers already indicate that the 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress 2010 in Nürnberg will be the highlight for chemistry and life sciences this year and together with the career days and the numerous exhibitors from industry you get a truly unique chance – but only when participating yourself!

So see you in Nürnberg!

The International Picture Contest – Everything is Chemistry

April 13, 2010

This news just made it way on my desk and I think, this is something that might be interesting for some of you:

The European Young Chemists Network (EYCN) is running the international picture contest “Everything is Chemistry” right now. The contest started midth of March and the final deadline for submissions is June 30th. There is a total price money of 3.000 Euro to be awarded and there will be an award ceremony at the congress. What’s a really nice add-on of this contest is, that the best 12 pictures will become a calendar for the IYC 2011. So if you have a camera and like to fotograph, go out an make your picture that proves: Everything is Chemistry!
The prize is organzed by the EYCN, the German Chemical Society’s JungChemikerForum and the GDCh section Chemistry and Economics.

See you in Nürnberg!

EYCA to be Awarded in Nürnberg

April 8, 2010

Hello to all,

we just got the information, that the European Young Chemists Award will be awarded in Nürnberg. Here’s what Prof. Dr. Bruno Pignataro writes about it:

On behalf of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences, we are pleased to invite you to participate (or encourage your young collaborators to participate) to the competition for the European Young Chemist Award 2010 (third edition). The award is intended to showcase and recognise the excellent research being carried out by young scientists working in the chemical sciences and will be presented at the 3rd European Chemistry Congress in Nürnberg (Germany) from August 29 – Spetmeber 02 2010. Applicants must be less then 35 years old by 29 August 2010 and co-authors of an abstract submitted to the 3rd European Chemistry Congress. The complete application must be sent here by 05 May 2010, i.e. the deadline for the Abstracts submission to the 3rd European Chemistry Congress. The application includes the abstract, a curriculum vitae, copy of a personal document, a supporting letter from an expert and a brief description of the research featured in the abstract.
A panel of finalists will be selected on the basis of the evaluation of the Symposia Chairs. Finalists will compete talking about their research at a special session of the 3rd European Chemistry Congress. Finally, one Gold and two Silver Medals will be presented at a special Award Ceremony during the congress, in addition the winners will receive a remuneration. The medals and remunerations are kindly sponsored by the Italian Chemical Society.
Please find all the information about the award on the web site

So don’t waste any time and apply for that award – and don’t forget to check for grants of you local chemical society!

See you in Nürnberg!

Programme for 3rd EucheMS Chemistry Congress is now Online

March 26, 2010

Today, the programme for the 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress was placed online.


The programme is split up into the single days of the congress and there you will find the main topics and the respective symposia held on that day. Right now, the final list with speakers isn’t available of course, as there are still 5 weeks to submit an abstract! If you havent’t already – think about it, and if you don’t want to present your work, just come to Nürnberg to enjoy a fantastic congress.

See you in Nürnberg this summer!

Bucky-Ball Soccer or “the C60-Party!”

March 23, 2010

Hey there, finally I can present you the logo of the congress party. Here it is:

As most of you will already know, the party will take place in the easyCredit stadium (the former Frankenstaion, one of the wolrd championship 2006 venues). You will enter the stadium via the players entrance and besides drinks and dinner there will be a lot of entertainment, e.g. be part of the “Human Kicker”!!!

Dinner and drinks will be all inclusive, so you can have an unforgettable evening for 48 EUR (students) or 58 EUR (regular participants) respectively, which is really a fantastic deal.
So come to Nürnberg, join the conference, let’s party together and be part of… the special surprise at the end of the party!

See you in Nürnberg!

Interview with Prof. Hirsch at CHEManager

February 19, 2010

Surfing around, I found this interview with Prof. Francois Diederich, chaiman of the 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress and his co-chairman Prof. Andreas Hirsch at the CHEManager homepage.

Unfortunately, it’s only in German, but I hope they’ll provide an English version as well (I will let you know…). Anyway, it’s interesting to read. The two chairmen again underline the importance of a single European voice for chemistry and EuCheMS as well as the biennial congresses are the best way to build up and strengthen a Pan-European Chemistry Network. And networks are very powerful, which can be seen best in situations like today, when all wolrd only sees the financial crisis. Who should be interested in supporting your actions if not your network. So if you haven’t the congress on your personal agenda already – get your big marker and schedule your participation! And by the way, Prof. Hirsch even mentioned the 10 travel grants of the JCF Frankfurt – though he just speaks of “jungchemikerforum” in general. I think I have to submit a comment at CHEManager…

See you in Nürnberg!

Go to Nürnberg and Win a Prize…

February 16, 2010

…could be one headline for this post. Well, now, as I caught your attention, I can tell you, that there’s a little catch:

You must match the requirements of either the European Young Chemists Award (EYCA) or the Reaxys PhD Prize. Don’t hesitate to submit your work to these – there’s always a winner, so why not you?
Besides these two, you can get a complete list of all prizes awarded in Nürnberg here.

See you in Nürnberg this summer.

Un-Official Framework Program in Nürnberg

February 9, 2010

It seems that there will be the science ship MS Wissenschaft as well as the science truck of the Fraunhofer Society in Nürnberg during the conference time (at least for some of the days).
Even as they aren’t part of the official program, it’s a very nice add-on for all participants and corroborates the importance of the congress. So while staying in the Franconian capital, consider visiting these two as well.

See you in Nürnberg!

Newsflash: GDCh will provide Travel Grants

February 4, 2010

Good News again!

The German Chemical Society GDCh, which organizes the 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress on behalf of EuCheMS, will provide travel grants and scholarships for Nürnberg-participants. Here the German version can be found – an English one will follow soon. Unfortunately, a key requirement is that you’re working at a German institution. In case you’re from in foreign country, please ‘bother’ the respective national chemical society to provide grants as well.

Good luck and see you in Nürnberg!

Newsflash: Travel Grants of JCF Frankfurt now open for application!

January 15, 2010

Good news to start the year!

After already announcing that the Young Chemists of Frankfurt were planning to provide travel grants for (PhD)students from Eastern Europe, I finally can tell you: Yes, they can – and did it!

At their homepage you’ll find a link (up right “Travel Grants” or in the menu “Stipendien”) that directs you to the application ‘frame’. There you’ll find all information how and where to apply for a JCF Frankfurt Grant. As a special service the guys at JCF provided the text not only in englich but also German (well, guess that was easy…), Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Croatian, Serbian and Bosian. (Anyone who wants to place a bet which languages will follow?!?).

So Good Luck! to all that will apply for a grant and
See you in Nürnberg!

Early Registration Deadline changed again – now to May 5, 2010

January 12, 2010

I just posted, that the deadlines for abstract submission were postponed to May 5, 2010 and that for early registration to May 14, 2010. Well, that’s not correct after all, as in the end the latter one was changed again to May 5, 2010 due to technical reasons.

See you in Nürnberg!

Deadlines Postponed!

January 7, 2010

Good news for all thinking about participating in 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress:

The deadlines for abstract submission (oral and poster) have been postponed to May 5, 2010 (instead of March 3). Consequently, the early registration deadline was postponed as well and is now on May 14, 2010 (instead of April 30).

So you all have two months more to make the important finding in your research and still are able to present it adequately in Nürnberg on an international level. Hope we get many abstract to review!

See you in Nürnberg!

Seasons Greetings!

December 23, 2009

Just as the title says:

The planning team of 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress at the German Chemical Society wishes you

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Read you all again in 2010 and see you in Nürnberg!


Remember, remember the …

November 9, 2009

ninth of November.

Today, as many will know, 20 years ago the Berlin Wall fell. This landscaping event – though caused by an inadequately briefed minister of the GDR government – not only changed the face of Europe but of the whole world. The subsequent change of formerly communistic regimes to democracies brought the citizens their personal liberty, but it also opend the scientific world. And tearing down the frontiers not only meant that the scientists of the GDR now had access to all publications and equipments, the world could start to benefit from many creative guys that now started to discuss theories, published their work, had an entirely different approach to some aspects and so on.

Reading this entry, you may: Why is that intetresting for the 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress?
Well, think about it. Without the fall of Berlin Wall there would be hardly something like EuCheMS (even as EuCheMS was founded in 1970 – best times of the cold war – its work and its ranking for scince would be completely different!) or the upcoming congress. Many participants will come from Eastern Europe and this would have been impossible. So remembering the events 20 years ago means being aware of the fact that we all have a privileged time right now and we are all well advised to keep this in mind!

So if you wanna celebrate something today: Celebrate the freedom of scientifc research!

Newsflash: Second Movie now in High Quality on Youtube

November 1, 2009

Finally, we were able to upload the second movie promoting the 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress 2010 in Nürnberg. You can access the movie either directly on youtube, or just klick the embedded player below – and don’t forget to tell your friends to watch the movie!

Silly String – Halloween Fun and Mine Detector

October 30, 2009

I have to say, I really like C&EN News articles…

With Halloween coming this weekend I stumbled across this article, named Silly String. Well as we all know, in every chemist there’s still a child hidden deep (or not so deep) within and Silly String is (besides the interesting polymer chemistry its based on) some fun stuff. Even though its use more widespread in the US, we still know it and I personally love it. But I was much more fascinated to read, that US troops in Iraq use silly string to detect trap wires of hidden bombs, installed to harm the soldiers. The properties of Silly String to stick to nearly everything upon the slightest hint of contact without being harmful of flammable makes it a perfect tool to detect the small wires of traps that can hardly be seen by humans. Even though I do not want to start a discussion on Iraq war, I salute to the cleverness of the trosps and much more I admire the chemists invernting Silly String in the 1970s for their chemical invention. A good example that chemisty is a versatile and multi-faceted profession.

So all I have to say now is: Happy Halloween!

Newsflash: Grants for Young Chemists from Eastern Europe by JCF Frankfurt

October 22, 2009

Now, this is a nice information making its way on my desk:

The JCF Frankfurt am Main is planning to provide up to 10 grants (each worth 250 EUR, thus equalling the regular registration fees for student members) for participants in 3rd EuCheMS Chemsitry Congress. Besides the fact, that they are somewhat the first to announce this, they decided to support young chemists from Eastern Europe with these grants. The details how and where to apply aren’t fixed yet, but this news is exciting by itself.
I’m convinced that this gesture will strengthen the community of young chemists in Europe and represents the idea of EYCN in the best way – young chemists support young chemists!

Newsflash: Low-Priced Accomodation

October 7, 2009

Accomodation is always important when planning a trip to a congress. So I want to draw your attention – especially when you’re travelling in groups – to Lette’m Sleep, a hostel for backpackers. But be careful while visiting Nürnberg: Even though Lette’m Sleep proudly starts its website with the following statement:

“Forget Munich, discover the real Bavaria.”

Nürnberg still is the capital of Franconia! And the people living there make a very distinct difference between Franconia and Bavaria… and most people don’t like Bavaria. So if you want to order a beer in the evening, don’t mess these two up or you might stay thirsty.

First RASSL for a dopamine receptor

October 5, 2009

Crossreading the newest issue of C&EN, the following topic caught my attention:

Understanding the processes involved in malfunctional signaling is very important for researchers, as these malfunctions are often related to diseases. Malcuntional dopamine signaling is causing shizophrenia for example. To study such processes researchers try to use the proteins in a diffrent way by offering them artificial ligiand with higher affinities than their natural analogues. Such proteins are called RASSLs (receptor activated solely by synthetic ligands) and are somewhat the analogues of genetic knockouts. While for many many receptors RASSLs are well accessible, the opposite was true for dopamine receptors. It took a long time, but recently Peter Gmeiner et al. from the Erlangen-Nürnberg University found the first RASSL for a dopamine receptor. Gmeiner’s work will be published in ACS Chemical Neurosciences, a journal to be started 2010.

So first, if you’re interested in this topic you really should think about joining 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress next year, as Peter Gmeiner is part of the local organizing committee and surely will be on-site! And secondly, this again demonstrates the high level, that this congress will have. Don’t miss it!

Data Fraud @ ETH

September 28, 2009

The Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich is one of world’s top addresses for teaching and research in natural sciences. The ETH is proud that over all 21 scientists associated to this institution won a Nobel Prize for their work, 10 of which come from the field of chemistry (including the 2002 Nobel Laureate Prof. Dr. Kurt Wüthrich).
Today, we can read of a “not so nice” incident in the current issue of C&EN dealing with Data Manipulation at ETH (September 28, 2009; page 11). It seems to be, that two papers and also a doctoral thesis from Peter Chen’s research group are based on forged data. Different allyl radical spectra acquired through ZEKE photoionization could neither be reproduced nor could the raw data material be found. Sadly, Chen – who was initiating the now finished investigations by himself! – is not allowed to discuss this case or the final report publicly as the student who performed the experiments comissioned lawyers to ask Swiss courts to block the reports’ public release. Ralph Eichler, president of ETH, said to C&EN: “It’s very important for researchers to know that it makes no sense to fabricate data. It will always come out because science relies on reproducibility.” That’s true!

Newsflash: Rumors Regarding Conference Fee!

September 22, 2009

There are rumors going on regarding the conference fees for 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress next year in Nürnberg. Most likely, they’ll be in the range of the 2nd congress in Turino, i.e. EUR 220 – 280 for students depending on how quick you decide to participate. So you might start calculating your trip to Nürnberg – and don’t forget to check for travel grants!