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ISSN 2309-5911

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An ECTN Association Publication since 2000 - February 2014, Vol. 15, N. 02

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Summary

  • Foreword
  • Association and Network: Plenary Meeting and General Assembly ; EC2E2N Network (WP#03 updates; WP#06 updates)
  • Communication, Websites and NewsLetter
  • Virtual Education Community: EChemTest Test Center's Activities
  • Label Committee: Code of Conduct
  • News from: Africa (Final Report on ACRICE1; African Journal of Chemical Education; Workshops and Conferences 2014 in Africa; ICPAC 2014 Mauritius; 5th ICGC Durban ZA) Europe (GDCh News ; Strategies for Better lectures) South-America (2nd ICSE Conference)
  • Conference's Agenda

Foreword

 

Dear EC2E2N2 Newsletters readers,

The main short term objective of the European Chemistry Thematic Network is currently the preparation of the Plenary meeting of the EC2E2N-2 project, associated to the General Assembly of the ECTN Association, to be held both in Madrid next April. Important items have to be discussed with Work Package workshops and meetings. But another long term and major issue will be the "2015-2020" period, with an heavy agenda for our association to be compliant and fitting the European 2020 perspectives and objectives. 

Also in this issue, a number of news coming from our patners, African, European and South-American, announcing a number of events over the year.

Enjoy your reading!

Pascal MIMEROResident Editor
CPE Lyon, France 

 

Association and Network

flag_eu-fr_france.gif Anthony Smith, CPE Lyon, France (EU)

   ECTN Association Secretary - Contact:
   Network coordinator - Contact:

EC2E2N - Plenary Meeting 2014

flag_eu-fr_france.gif by Anthony Smith, Lyon FR - ECTN Association Secretary


The 2014 Plenary meeting of the EC2E2N 2 project will take place in Madrid, ES on 24 – 26 April 2014.

The website for this meeting is now open: http://ecampus.chem.auth.gr/ec2e2n2_annual_meeting_2014/

Please register for the meeting on this website as soon as possible.
Once you are registered we will confirm as soon as possible if you are eligible for funding to cover your accommodation costs.
Please visit the web site regularly for the latest updates of information.

As for past meetings, the project will cover accommodation costs for up to three nights and some meal costs, but not travel costs. It is expected that some people will be able to leave on the Saturday afternoon and so will only need two nights accommodation, since the meeting ends at 17h00 (unless you are involved in the TASSEP meeting). Due to a restricted budget for this project, one member from each partner institution will be funded to attend this meeting. Additional members will need to justify their attendance if they wish to be supported by the project. Additional people (including people from non-partner institutions) are welcome to attend on a self-funded basis. 

Rooms have been reserved at three hotels in Tres Cantos, just two train stops (5 minutes) from the Autonoma University campus (Cantoblanco) where the meeting will be held, with very frequent trains.

This is the second annual meeting of the project, following the very successful meeting in Utrecht last year.  As was the case last year, it will also be a working meeting, allowing each working group to meet for two sessions of one to two hours. All participants will be able to attend two different work package meetings. There will be two plenary lectures, one from Professor Rafael van Grieken, the President of the Spanish National Quality Assurance body ANECA (and a chemical engineer), and one from Dr Jarka Glassey (University of Newcastle, UK) who is the coordinator of an Erasmus project in Chemical Engineering. The meeting will also include the General Assembly of the ECTN Association during which elections for members of the Label Committee will take place.

A visit to the beautiful town of Alcala de Henares, where the meeting dinner will be held, is included in the programme.

All participants will receive information concerning the activities of each of the working groups so that they can decide which working group session to attend (the 7 working groups WP1 – WP7 will meet in parallel sessions). This will be on the meeting web site in the near future.

I look forward to seeing you there.

 

ECTN Association - General Assembly 2014

flag_eu-fr_france.gif by Anthony Smith, Lyon FR (E.U.) - Network Coordinator


The ECTN General Assembly will be held in Madrid, ES on Saturday 26 April 2014 under the Presidency of Francesco de Angelis (L’Aquila, IT). The General Assembly will start at 9h00 and will take place at the site of the EC2E2N 2 Annual Meeting on the campus of the Autonoma University of Madrid (Cantoblanco). At this General Assembly elections will take place for membership 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 2013 must have been paid in order to be eligible to vote in these elections.

The next meeting of the ECTN Administrative Council will take place on 24th April 2014 in Madrid. If any member wishes to put items on the agenda for this meeting they are invited to send them to Tony Smith as soon as possible.

We welcome the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, CH to the ECTN. We all 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, master, and doctorate, the EChemTest which is now developing rapidly towards more widespread use by the membership of the Association, participation in the virtual education area in general, and development of intensive schools and student contests 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 many advantages offered by membership.


EC2E2N Network

Work Package 03: Sustainable Entrepreneurship - Activity Report 

flag_eu-it_italia.gif by Antonio Lagana, Perugia IT (E.U.)

   Contact the WP Leader:

By building on the outcomes of an employment survey, attempts will be made to establish a specific training initiative, a nucleus of academic spinoffs and a sustainable network of SMEs strongly linked to Higher education Institutions. This will be aimed at making of the ECTN Association a cultural mediator between Academic research and the innovation market by involving an extended network of both spinners of application oriented research in University laboratories and providers of innovative solutions in the market context (...)

Read the Final Report available at the WP webpage : www.ec2e2n.net/2/wp03 


Work Package 06:  Broadening Student Horizons - Activity Report 

flag_eu-it_italia.gif by Gabriella Borzone, Genova IT (E.U.)
     url: www.ec2e2n.net/2/wp06 

   Contact the WP Leader:

The final aim of the WP 06 of the EC2E2N 2 project will be to provide quality assurance parameters for mobility. Attempts will be made to achieve recommendations to enhance the students’ mobility at 1st, 2nd and 3rd level, involving study as well as work experience and teachers’ mobility, for high education in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. 

Read the Reports available at the WP webpage: www.ec2e2n.net/2/wp06


Communication, Websites and NewsLetter

flag_eu-fr_france.gif by Pascal Mimero, CPE Lyon FR (E.U.) - EC2E2N Communication Manager and Editorial Board Chair
     URLs: NewsLetterwww.ec2e2n.info- Networkwww.ec2e2n.net 

   Contact the Resident Editor:
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The next edition in April is a Regular one, the Guest will be Otilia Mo, hosting the Plenary Meeting and General Assembly 2014. If you'd like to contribute, you can contact either the Guest Editor, or the Resident Editor, from that URL page


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Jan.2014: Dissemination over 1440 addresses from over 77 countries, representing 638 institutions.


Would you like to contribute ? to become Guest Editor ? to suggest improvments ? feel free to contact us / to leave us a message at the Resident Editor email (above mentionned)

Websites: In the near future, the whole Association portal, and the other sections / sub-domains, have to be redesign; decision pending.

In the meantime, decision was made at the Madrid Administrative Council Meeting in February, that the Label Committee Website section "as it is" will not be modified nor updated anymore in its current location (CPE Server). Everything was transfered under the LC Secretary responsibility at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). The new webmaster will take care of the plateform update and development. 

During the transfer period, the following webmaster email will route all requests automatically to both past and future webmaster. Thanks for your understanding. 

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Virtual Education Community

EChemTest

flag_eu-fr_france.gif Pascal Mimero, CPE Lyon, France (EU) - VEC SC Vice Chair
     URL: www.echemtest.net 

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Test Centers Activities : December 2013 - March 2014

  • flag_eu-nl_netherland.gifTCA Amsterdam: Multiple sessions with the Engish version of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry at Level 3; at the University of Amsterdam and University of Utrecht.
  • flag_eu-es_spain.gifTCA Madrid: Sessions with the Spanish version of  General Chemistry 2.
  • flag_eu-at_austria.gifTCA Vienna: Multiple sessions with the German version of General Chemistry 2 and Organic Chemistry 3.

 You can join each test center administration using the standardized email "TCA.city(at)echemtest.eu", replacing "city" by the name of one of the cities hosting a test center: Amsterdam, Budapest, Helsinki, Krakow, Ljubljana, Lyon, Madrid, Perugia, Thessaloniki, Vienna (visit us atwww.echemtest.net). 


Label Committee

flag_eu-de_germany.gif by Reiner Salzer, Dresden, Germany (E.U.) - Chair of the Label Committee

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ECTN Code of Conduct

The President of ECTN, Prof. Dr. Francesco De Angelis, proposed a roadmap for the further development of the European Chemistry Thematic Network (ECTN). This roadmap was discussed and approved by the Administrative Council in September 2013 in Idstein/Germany. This roadmap has several important implications for the Label Committee (LC) of ECTN. It defines a strategy which supports an ongoing well-functioning Label Committee that is efficient in its operation, maintains the highest of standards and has at its core a dedicated team of professional chemists. These individuals work to ensure applications meet the rigorous criteria for the Eurolabels. This group is made up of the LC members, the site visit team members (SVT) and members of the Register of Experts (RoE).

The group is rightly proud of the reliability of its work and decisions and its adherence to strict ethical rules. In order to safeguard these high standards the ECTN has decided to follow the good practice of many leading enterprises and establish a Code of Conduct. The text of the Code of Conduct is printed below.

Subsequently to the approval of the Code of Conduct, the Administrative Council of ECTN decided in February in Madrid about changes in the Bylaws of LC. These changes are required in order to ensure the immediate introduction of the Code of Conduct into the regular work of LC, SVT and RoE. The pertinent paragraph in the Bylaws states: “All members of the Label Committee and all members of the Register of Experts have to sign the Code of Conduct of the Label Committee before they are assigned a task. All members have to complete an on-line training. In case their last task was finished two or more years ago the on-line training has to be repeated.”

The introduction of the Code of Conduct is complemented by the development of an on-line training programme. Whereas the Code of Conduct has to be signed by all members of LC and RoE prior to their election, nomination or appointment, completion of the on-line training programme is only required after a time lapse of two or more years of active engagement with the work of the LC. As example, a newly elected LC member without any recent SVT experience of LC work needs to complete the on-line training before being allowed to decide about applications for a Eurloabel®. Similarly, any new or lapsed SVT member (including National Experts and Student Experts) needs to pass this on-line training.

ECTN and LC consider the introduction of a Code of Conduct as an essential requirement to develop and improve our performance and extend our area of expertise.

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News from everywhere ...

Africa

Final report on ACRICE-1

flag_af-et_ethiopia.gif by Temechegn Engida, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and flag_af-eg_egypt.gif Ameen F. Fahmy (Egypt), Africa

The 1st African Conference on Research in Chemistry Education was opened in the Africa Hall, UNECA, and Addis Ababa at the Occasion of the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the African Union. The conference ran from Thursday December 5th until Saturday December 7th. ACRICE initiative comes from Prof. Temechegn Engida [Ethiopia] and Prof. Ameen Farouk Fahmy [Egypt]. The conference was organized by FASC & the Addis Ababa University. The formal opening was led by Prof Temechegn Engida (Immediate Past President of FASC, and Conference President) and supported by Dr Aljandra Palermo (RSC), Prof. Jan Apotheker (IUPAC-CCE) and Prof Motaza Khater (Immediate Vice President of FASC) [...]

nl1502_201402_ec2e2n_acrice1_report.pdf
Download the Report [140 Kb]

African Journal of Chemical Education

flag_af-et_ethiopia.gif by Temechegn Engida, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Africa
Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Chemical Education (AJCE) 

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Papers on any aspect of Chemistry Education such as teaching organic, analytical, physical, inorganic, polymer, green, climate change/environmental chemistry and chemistry curricula as well as assessment in chemistry are acceptable for publication. We also encourage issues on chemistry and indigenous knowledge / practice, chemical safety, natural products and related areas. Please feel free to distribute this email to your colleagues and members of your chemical society and send us your manuscripts for publication to AJCE.

The Journal is available at the FASC (Federation of African Society of Chemistry) website : www.faschem.org 

Download the January 2014 edition here:http://www.faschem.org/images//ajce_january2014.pdf


Workshops and Conferences 2014 in Africa

flag_af-tz_tanzania.gif by Geoffrey Kamau,  (Tanzania)

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EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY CONFERENCE (ESAECC) AND THE 10TH THEORETICAL CHEMISTRY CONFERENCE IN AFRICA (TCCA)
University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa: April 6-11, 2014

SECOND CALL: 5TH AFRICAN NETWORK OF ANALYTICAL CHEMISTS (SEANAC) CONFERENCE
Reef Hotel, Mombasa (Kenya) : June 23-27, 2014

13th EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA LABORATORY MANAGERS ASSOCIATION (E-SALAMA) - ALMAfrica WORKSHOP
Open University of Tanzania : December 8-12, 2014


ICPAC 2014 Mauritius

flag_af-mu_mauritius.gif by Ponadurai Ramasami, Mauritius (Mauritius) - Organizer


Dear Sir/Madam,

Greetings from Mauritius. Kindly forward this email to those who may be interested.

The International Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry (ICPAC-2014) will be held from 23rd to 27th June 2014,  Hotel Sofitel Mauritius Impérial Resort & Spa, in Mauritius. The website of the conference is http://sites.uom.ac.mu/icpac/.

The theme of ICPAC-2014 is "Crystallising Ideas: The Role of Chemistry". This theme matches with the year 2014 being the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr-2014). [http://www.iycr2014.org/]

ICPAC-2014 will feature a keynote lecture, a wide variety of plenary, invited and contributed lectures as well as poster sessions. Participants are invited to submit abstracts for ICPAC-2014. http://sites.uom.ac.mu/icpac/index.php/abstractFull 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.

Deadlines

  • 31.12.2013: Workshop/Symposium Proposal
  • 15.03.2014: Abstract Submission (Oral or Poster)
  • 01.04.2014: Booking for Accommodation
  • 15.04.2014: Early Registration
  • 01.10.2014: Full Paper (Optional)

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.

Prof Ponnadurai Ramasami
CSci, CChem, FICCE, FRSC
Chairman of ICPAC 2014


5th ICGC International Conference on Green Chemistry - Durban ZA - August 2014

flag_af-za_southafrica.gif by Liliana Mamino, Venda (South-Africa) - Orgnaizer - SACI Conference Advert Circulation 

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Key Dates

10.02.2014: Registration and Abstract submission opens
30.04.2014: Deadline for Submission of Abstracts and Preliminary Registration Form 
15.05.2014: Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts          
31.05.2014: Deadline for Early Bird Registration
30.06.2014: Last day for Registrations

For more info visit: www.saci.co.za/greenchem2014/

Registrations are open

Warmest welcome to the 5th IUPAC International Conference on Green Chemistry, that will be held in Durban (South Africa), 17-21 August 2014 at the Elangeni.

The main objective of the conference is to emphasise the importance of green chemistry for sustainable development, and to promote novel research and novel collaborations, by bringing together experts and interested parties from all over the world and from diverse bodies – from the academia to the industry and to governments.  The conference will be a multidisciplinary event considering all the major areas of green chemistry, including green synthesis processes, catalysis, environmentally benign solvents, energy storage, biofuels, green chemistry education, policies, and many other interesting topics. Interfaces with other sciences and other research areas will be actively encouraged. Special attention will also be given to the roles of green chemistry in fast-growing economies and to the promotion of green chemistry in the African continent.

The natural beauties of the city and its surrounding areas and the rich cultural heritage of the country offer an excellent opportunity for combining an exciting high-quality scientific experience with interesting and pleasant tourist experiences.

South African Chemical Institute
Tel: +27 031 260 8756
Fax: +27 031 260 309

   Contact:

Europe

Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society)

flag_eu-de_germany.gif by Hans-Georg Weinig, Frankfurt am Main, DE (E.U.)

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Dr. Thomas Geelhaar (Merck), former GDCh treasurer, was elected as the new GDCh president 2014/2015 by the GDCh board. The former GDCh president Professor Barbara Albert (TU Darmstadt) and Professor Eckhard Ottow (Bayer Pharma AG) were elected as Vice presidents. Dr.-Ing. Georg F.L. Wießmeier (Altana AG) was elected as the new treasurer

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Strategies for Better Lectures - a workshop for European Academic Practitioners

flag_eu-uk_unitedkingdom.gif by Paul Yates, Heslington, York, UK (E.U.)

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  • Date: 4 Jun 2014

  • Start Time: 10:30 am

  • Location/venue: EUROCITIES, Square de Meeûs 1, B-1000, Brussels, Belgium

This workshop is open to all practitioners working in European universities and other HE contexts. It will be delivered by the Higher Education Academy’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) team and will thus be particularly relevant to those working within these disciplines.

A key strategy to be covered is the flipped lecture (also known as the inverted classroom) which largely removes the passive transmission element from the formal lecture session in favour of assigning the time to guided student activities. Approaches to encourage effective student engagement with learning materials prior to the lecture session and the effective use of actual contact time will be explored and advice on obtaining and using diagnostic information on students’ understanding to target key areas of learning need will also be provided.

icon_bulletweb.gifhttp://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2014/04_June_Strat_for_better_lecture


South America

Congress joined events, to be held at Foz do Iguaçu PR, Brazil / August 27-30, 2014 
2nd ICSE - International Congress of Science Education
15th Year of the Journal of Science Education 

flag_sa-br_brazil.gif by Yuri Orlik, Foz do Iguaçu PR, Brazil - Contact: oen885@yahoo.com

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Dear Participants, 

Thank you for your pre-registration. We send you in attach. the 2d Circular of the Congress with information about presentation of abstracts and other.

With good wishes,
Y. Orlik
UNILA Brazil

Congress web : http://congresso.unila.edu.br/icse2014/

nl1502_201402_ec2e2n_icse2014.doc
Download the 2nd Congress Circular [834 Kb]


Conferences' Agenda

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flag_eu-de_germany.gif 22nd Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education - Bremen DE, June 19-21, 2014
     url: www.chemiedidaktik.uni-bremen.de/symp2014/index.html

flag_af-mu_mauritius.gif ICPAC 2014 - Mauritius, June 23-27, 2014
     url:http://sites.uom.ac.mu/icpac/

flag_eu-pl_poland.gif 6th International Conference on Research DidSci 2014 - Krakow PL, June 24-25, 2014
     Contact: dydchem@ap.krakow.pl

flag_eu-fi_finland.gif ECRICE 2014 - Jyväskylä FI, July 6-10, 2014
     url:www.jyu.fi/ecrice2014/

flag_na-ca_canada.gif ICCE 2014 - Toronto ON CA, July 13-18, 2014
     url:www.icce2014.org

flag_af-za_southafrica.gif ICGC 2014 - Durban ZA, August 17-21, 2014
     url:www.saci.co.za/greenchem2014/index.html  

flag_sa-br_brazil.gif ICSE 2014 - Foz do Iguaçu PR BR, August 27-30, 2014
     url:congresso.unila.edu.br/icse2014

flag_as-tr_turkey.gif ECC 2014 - Istanbul TR, August 31 - September 4, 2014
     url:www.euchems2014.org