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ISSN 2309-5911

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An ECTN Association Publication since 2000 - February  2015, Vol. 16, N. 01

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  • Foreword: Editorial Guest.
  • Special Edition "Chemistry Teaching and Learning, at secondary and tertiary levels of education and between them" with 13 contributions collected covering 4 topics [1. Various levels and types of chemistry education; 2. Quality Assurance - Staff Development; 3. Education cutting-edge science & RRI; 4. Non-Governmental Organizations for science and education].
  • Association and Network: ECTNews - President Communication; Network Plenary Meeting 2015; ; Network Business; ECTN General Assembly 2015.
  • EC2E2N Network: WP-03 Entrepreneurship. 
  • Virtual Education Community: Test Centers' Activities January-March 2015.
  • Communication, Websites and NewsLetter: Call for 2015 Issues and Guests' List; ACEN Network: Special GreenChem 2014 dissemination.
  • News from everywhere ... Africa/Middle-East (ACRICE-2 2015, Venda ZA, Announcement) ; Asia-Pacific (PhD Scholarships in Science and Engineering Education; ACEN News Letter)Europe (EuroVariety 2015 Announcement; PhD Fellowships Theroretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling); North-America (Climate change and our responsibilities as chemists).
  • Conference's Agenda 2015

Editorial Guest Foreword


I. Maciejowska

flag_eu-pl_poland.gif Dr. Iwona Maciejowska, Kraków - Poland (E.U.)
     WP01 Group Leader 

Dear NewsLetter Readers,

This February edition is entitled ‘Chemistry teaching and learning, at secondary and tertiary levels of education and between them’. I would like to collect for you descriptions of various levels and types of chemistry education (e.g. in secondary schools – Scottish case [White] or at technical universities, in Ancona [Cardellini]), and explanation how the outside world (e.g. industry [Salisbury & coll.]) can affect the education sector. One of the most important factors for quality assurance in education is staff development also presented here by an example of laboratory teaching assistants training [Maucerino & coll.] and implementation of Nature of Science and History of Science in teacher education [Leyh & coll.].

Particular attention this month is devoted to the idea of introducing to school education cutting-edge science, such as Nanachemistry, what is shown based on international projects (NANOEIS [Rutkowska-Zbík]) and national  programme (Israel) [Blonder]. Research and education have also other common elements e.g. Responsible Research and Innovation approach (IRRESISTIBLE [Venturi & coll.]). Especially the topic of multiply uses of chemicals become nowadays more and more crucial (see materials created by CCE-IUPAC and OPCW [Mahaffy & coll.]). 

Last but not least, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to reach out a diverse group of readers to present you the activities of non-governmental organizations that may be of interest to you. There are: the Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) [Sandi-Urena & coll.] and European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) [Cole-Hamilton; Maciejowska; van Tiggelen]. I hope that with such a large range of topics related to chemical education, everyone will find something interesting for him/herself.

Enjoy your reading!

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Special Edition: "Chemistry teaching and learning, at secondary and tertiary levels of education and between them"

1. Various levels and types of chemistry education 

Curriculum For Excellence: the formula for Chemistry education in Scotland

flag_eu-uk_unitedkingdom.gif by Dot White, SQA, UK 

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The Scottish Government has devolved responsibility for education in Scotland — from early year provision in nurseries through primary schools, secondary schools to further and higher education. There are a number of agencies and non-departmental public bodies who manage various aspects of this provision. These include the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Scotland’s national awarding and accreditation body, and Education Scotland, which supports quality and improvement in Scottish (...)

Teaching Chemistry at Technical University

flag_eu-it_italia.gif by Liberato Cardellini, Università Politecnica della Marche, Ancona, Italy

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I teach a course of chemistry in a school of engineering and for several years I realized that students arriving at university have changed. The course content is general chemistry, with emphasis on concepts or additions of topics suggested by colleagues. Since I am interested in teaching for many years using a way of teaching to comply with the suggestions of educational research: the cooperative learning method; resume and concept maps; problem solving (...)

How to engage industry in science education 

flag_eu-ie_ireland.gif by Jim Salisbury and Rory GeogheganAG Education Services Ltd., Dublin, Ireland

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Educational projects can often achieve higher levels of effectiveness by gaining the support of industry engaging industry. Engagement is a step beyond dissemination which is mainly concerned with raising awareness around the existence and objectives of the project. Engagement here implies a process of communication and influence that persuades the relevant industry representatives that there is a benefit to offering support for the project. The objectives of the engagement process are to involve and collaborate with (...)

2. Quality Assurance - Staff Development

Enhancing students' learning in laboratories through Professional  development of teaching assistants

flag_oc-au_australia.gif by Mauro Mocerino, Shelley Yeo and Marjan ZadnikCurtin University, Perth, Australia

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In response to concerns about the quality of instruction in laboratories, a Laboratory Demonstrators Professional Development Program (LDPDP) was developed to enhance the teaching skills of demonstrators (laboratory teaching assistants).  This article describes the professional development program developed at Curtin University over the past 15 years. Any discussion of science education in universities must involve the key role played by demonstratorsDemonstrators were cited as a significant  factor in the laboratory experience by most students, often the most significant factor. For many students  (...)

Nature of Science and History of Science in Teacher Education

flag_eu-be_belgium.gif Bernard Leyh, University of Liège, Belgium
flag_eu-it_italia.gif Gustavo Avitabile, University Federico II of Naples, Italy
flag_eu-ie_ireland.gif Orla Kelly, Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin, Ireland

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Developing scientific literacy is increasingly recognized as an essential goal of secondary school education (McComas et al., 1998), which in turn requires that science teachers be themselves scientifically literate, so that Nature of Science (NoS) issues should be emphasized in university pre-service and in-service teacher education. Scientific literacy involves both a reasonable understanding of scientific ideas relevant for society issues and an awareness of NoS encompassing epistemological issues (What is the scientific worldview? What are the characteristics of scientific knowledge? Where are its limits? What distinguishes science from non-science?), and (...) 

3.  Education cutting-edge science & RRI

Project NanoEIS: Nanotechnology Education for Industry and Society

flag_eu-pl_poland.gif by Dorota Rutkowska-ŻbikJerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland  

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Nanotechnology is among one of the key enabling technologies in Horizon 2020 – EU Research and Innovation program. This presents a great challenge for education and knowledge dissemination in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Therefore there is a need for evaluation of the existing educational systems in this emerging area with strong implications for European society and industry. As a result, EU launched NanoEIS: Nanotechnology Education for Industry and Society project (...)

"Chemistry of tomorrow" should be part of the school chemistry of today

flag_as-il_israel.gif by Ron BlonderWeizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

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The 21st century presents many challenges for chemistry educators. Chemistry as an evolving entity is not reflected in the existing high school chemistry curriculum and the Web 2.0 generation is still learning in the previous century. My goal is to promote the modernization of both – chemistry contents and chemistry teaching pedagogies by promoting the chemistry teachers community. I chose the field of nanotechnology, in which I conducted my PhD study, as an example for modern contemporary (...) 

Responsible Research and Innovation in Science Education: The IRRESISTIBLE Project

flag_eu-it_italia.gif Margherita Venturi, University of Bologna, Italy
flag_as-tr_turkey.gif Sevil Akaygun, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
flag_eu-nl_netherland.gif  Jan ApothekerUniversity of Groningen, The Netherlands

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The EU funded IRRESISTIBLE-project (Project Coordinator: Jan Apotheker, University of Groningen, Netherlands) involves fourteen partners in ten different countries. It is focused on teacher professional preparation with the specific aim to develop inquiry-based modules fostering the involvement of high school and elementary students and the public in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The project combines formal and informal teaching to familiarize schoolstudents with science. For this reason each participant establishes a Community of Learners (CoL), which includes school teachers together with university experts in the (...)

Multiple Uses of Chemicals: A Set of Interactive Electronic Resources on the Responsible Use of Chemicals for Secondary and Tertiary Audiences

flag_na-ca_canada.gif by Peter MahaffyJoseph ZondervanAlastair HayDaniel FeakesJonathan Forman

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In the context of initiatives such as Responsible Research and Innovation, we introduce to the European Chemistry Education Community Multiple Uses of Chemicals (,  a set of peer-reviewed interactive electronic resources created as a joint project by IUPAC and the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize winning OPCW, that will help to fill the demand for pedagogical materials to support engagement with the responsible use of chemicals.  The interactive electronic materials, which target both secondary and tertiary level students, as well as teachers and policy makers, were fully described as a feature on the cover of the September 2014 issue of IUPAC’s Chemistry International.  The editor has graciously agreed to permit the EC2E2N newsletter to print an edited version in this special issue focused on chemistry teaching and learning at secondary and tertiary levels, and in between. 

4. Non-Governmental Organizations for Science and Education

American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education International  Activity Committee Initiative

flag_na-us_usa.gif by Santiago Sandi-Urena (Member) and Charles H. Atwood (Chair), ACS Division of Chemical Education, International Activities Committee

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The Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) “serves as a means of focusing and enhancing the interests and efforts of all constituencies involved in the teaching and learning of chemistry at every level.” The International Activities Committee (CHED-IAC) is one of 20 DiVCHED standing committees that work together towards accomplishment of the Division’s goals. In particular, the International Activities Committee interacts with, learns from, and contributes to international efforts that are concerned with the teaching and learning of chemistry throughout the world.  Currently, 12 chemistry educators from different (...)

EuCheMS - An Independent Voice for Chemistry in Europe

flag_eu-uk_unitedkingdom.gif by David Cole-Hamilton, President, EuCheMS, St. Andrews

EuCheMS is an overarching body for all the chemical societies in Europe, representing more than 40 chemical societies, and networks of knowledge, with about 160,000 individual members. Our remit is to try to ensure thatthe European Commission and the European Parliament are fully aware of the importance of chemistry in the everyday life of all European citizens as well as its significance to the economic health of the European Union. Chemistry contributes about ¼ of the balance of trade surplus of the EU and about 1.2million people are employed in the chemical industry. A further (...)

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David Cole-Hamilton and the Balloon experience

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The EuCheMS Division of Chemical Education

flag_eu-pl_poland.gif by Iwona Maciejowska, Jagiellonian University of Kraków, Poland

The EuCheMS Division of Chemical Education has two goals: to look for new activities to promote chemical education research and practice in Europe; to improve the dissemination  of information between countries. Division consists of delegates of twenty-five countries. Last year, during annual meeting, some new countries have been represented: Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Belgium. National annual reports are published on the DivCEd website (...) 

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The Division Meeting in July 2014 (Jyväskylä, Finland)

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EuCheMS Working Party WP on the History of Chemistry

flag_eu-be_belgium.gif by Dr Brigitte Van Tiggelen,  Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

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The Working Party on History of Chemistry is a network of members of EuCheMS societies working in all aspects of the history of chemistry in their broadest sense. Over the years, the international conferences organized by the WP every other year have become a key event in the broader history of science community, gathering chemists and historians, from all over Europe and far beyond to investigate and discuss the latest research and reflections on a wide variety of (...)

Association and Network

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

   ECTN Association Secretary - Contact:
   Network coordinator - Contact:

ECTNews - President Communication


F. de Angelis

flag_eu-it_italia.gif Prof. Francesco de Angelis, L'Aquila - Italy (E.U.)
     ECTN Association President 

Dear Readers,

following the initiative of keeping in touch with you by the “ECTNews”, here I am again with a few notes on the most important events that have characterised the last two-months period of time.

Let me first summarise the initial steps of the ECTN-EuCheMS cooperation. You might remember that in October 2014, at the annual EuCheMS General Assembly, our Association was unanimously approved to become supporting member of EuCheMS. This was made possible by the new EuCheMS Constitution, which is in force since its recent approval by the Belgium authorities. This further step along the cooperation in general of the most highly representative chemistry associations in Europe was strongly sought after by both ECTN and EuCheMS governance. As you know (but it might be useful to recall it here) ECTN was founded in 2002 to give continuity to and to implement education programmes of skills and knowledge in chemistry at the university level, pioneered and developed by six, altogether, European network activities – EC2E2N2 is the currently operating network, going to be definitely over on next September 30th. Our Association comprises 120 institutional members, including higher education institutions and  national chemical societies from 31 European countries plus 8 worldwide. By means of the VEC (Virtual Education Community) Committee, we provide certification of achievement at various levels of competences in chemistry by printed and electronic means. The LC (Label Committee), on its side, sets, monitors and renews quality goals in higher education in chemistry, assesses quality standards, and provides quality accreditation of higher education courses to individual institutions by awarding Eurolabels® (Eurobachelor®, Euromaster®, and Doctorate Eurolabel®). It has been recognised that one of the reasons for the ECTN participation to EuCheMS life is to open the route to possible and more intense cooperation, covering in particular the area of higher education in Europe and strengthening the chemistry education-policy interface. Accordingly, both parties have agreed to continue working along this route, by first setting up a Memorandum of Understanding between the two associations as a base for providing a wider (...) 


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You can find enclosed the presentations given in Brussels on December 12 by the ECTN president (“European Higher Education Aspects on Employability Issues”), the EuCheMS President David Cole-Hamilton (“What makes students more employable?”), and Philip Taylor – JRC-IRMM (“Workshop on Employability of Chemists: Study Progress”) at the “Workshop on Employability of Chemists”. 

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EC2E2N - Network

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


Plenary Meeting 2015

The website for this meeting is now open:

Please register for the meeting on this website in the next few days. We cannot guarantee accommodation for later registrants.
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. 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 two hotels in Ljubljana. Participants will be informed about which hotel they have been allocated closer to the meeting date.

This is the third and final annual meeting of the project, following the very successful meetings in Utrecht (2013) and Madrid (2014).  As was the case last year, it will also be a working meeting, allowing each working group to have a working session of two hours and time to present the results of their work over the past two and a half years to the full partnership. All participants will be able to attend three different work package meetings. There will be several short plenary lectures, one from Professor Francesco de Angelis, the President of ECTN , one from Professor David Cole-Hamilton (President of EuCheMS), and one from Bradley Millar (Director, Office of International Activities, American Chemical Society). We are also hoping to have a presentation from a member of the ACS Committee for Professional Development on the topic of ACS accreditation.

All work packages will display a poster showing the work they have done. This will be available throughout the meeting.

The meeting will also include the General Assembly of the ECTN Association during which elections for President, Treasurer and 5 members of the Administrative Council will take place.

As part of the ECTN General Assembly, the new working groups set up by the ECTN will hold working sessions in parallel with the network working sessions. All participants are invited to attend these sessions. The working groups concern Project Proposals, Using the EChemTest, Lecturing Qualifications, the Transparency Database, Innovative Teaching Methods, and Relationships with Other Organisations.

This will be the 19th and final annual meeting of the network that came into existence as the ECTN in 1996. We want to make this the best ever meeting. We are expecting at least 170 participants, please be amongst them.

I look forward to seeing you there ... 

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Please note that this will be the 19th and final annual meeting of the networkthat began as ECTN in 1996.
We therefore hope that all project partners will attend
and make it a memorable occasion.

Network Business

All EC2E2N2 project partners have been sent a request to add their chemistry programmes to the Transparency database. This invitation is open to all our newsletter recipients. It is an excellent way to allow students and staff from chemistry departments throughout Europe to see what courses are available at your institution, especially when looking for a mobility opportunity. For further information please go to the Transparency database website at

>>> Have you sent in your timesheet for 2014? If not, please do so as soon as possible and in any case BEFORE the Ljubljana meeting.

ECTN Association - General Assembly 2015

flag_eu-fr_france.gif by Anthony Smith, Lyon FR (E.U.) - ECTN Association Secretary


The ECTN General Assembly will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia from Monday 27 April 5 to Wednesday 29 April 2015, under the Presidency of Francesco de Angelis (L’Aquila, IT). The business part of the General Assembly will start at 9h00 on Tuesday 28 April and will take place at the site of the EC2E2N 2 Annual Meeting at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology,  Vecna Pot 113, on the new campus of the University of Ljubljana. At this General Assembly elections will take place for President of the ECTN Association, five members of the Administrative Council, and Treasurer of the Association. Information about this will be sent to all Association members in the near future. Please be reminded that membership fees for 2014 must have been paid in order to be eligible to vote in these elections.

This is your opportunity to play an important role in the ECTN at a time when it must continue to thrive in the absence of a parallel network project. Please consider standing for one of the positions. For any further information please do not hesitate to contact Tony Smith or Francesco de Angelis.

The next meeting of the ECTN Administrative Council will take place on 26th April 2015 in Ljubljana. 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 University College vzw Odisee, Brussels as a new member of 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

WP-03 Entrepreneurship

        Contact the WP Leader:

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

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Among the deliverables of the work-package WP3 of the EC2E2N2 project is the design and implementation of a post-master professional school aimed at providing the background for entrepreneurship and self-employment.  Thanks to the fact that in the same work-package a cluster of SMEs (DRAG) active in the field of Chemistry based ICT services was organized under the ECTN umbrella, the first edition of such Sustainable Entrepreneurship school is focused on entrepreneurial activities related to that field. For this reason, it was natural to start it within a training activity of the Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling (TCCM), Innovative Training Network (ITN), European Joint Doctorate (EJD), coordinated by the (...). 

Virtual Education Committee

EChemTest Test Center Activities (January - March 2015) 

flag_eu-fr_france.gif Pascal Mimero, CPE Lyon, France (EU) - VEC SC Vice Chair


flag_eu-it_italia.gifTCA Perugia :Multiple sessions with the English version of Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, Physical Chemistry at Level 3;

flag_eu-at_austria.gifTCA Vienna: German Organic Chemistry 3 sessions;

You can join each test center administration using the standardized email "", 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 

Communication and NewsLetter

flag_eu-fr_france.gif by Pascal Mimero, CPE Lyon FR (E.U.) - EC2E2N Communication Manager and Editorial Board Chair

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The next regular edition is schedule in April 2015. If you'd like to contribute, you can contact the Guest Editor from our URL

   or contact the Resident Editor:

NewsLetter Announcements

Would you like to submit a contribution during the 2015 schedule? do not hesitate to contact either the Guest editoror the Resident editor. The last 2015 issue will celebrate the end of the EC2E2N-2 Network and also to celebrate the 19 years of faithfull Netwok Activity.

  • Apr. 2015: Ray Wallace (Nottingham UK)
  • Jun. 2015: Reiner Salzer (Dresden DE)
  • Oct. 2015: Marjan Veber (Ljubljana SI)
  • Dec. 2015: Anthony Smith "Special retrospective" (Lyon FR)

Visit us as www.ec2e2n.netor, or contact us.

EC2E2N NewsLetter on Facebook @ EuCheMS

Thanks to Nineta Macjen, find now the EC2E2N NewsLetter on the EuCheMS Facebooksite. Access to the EuCheMS NewsLetter.

ACEN Network

Thanks to Prof. Masato ITO, the NewsLetter will now be automatically disseminated to the wide Asian-Pacific Chemical Education Network.

Green Chemistry Special Edition 2014

After a year online (Feb.2, 2014-Feb.4, 2015), we recorded visits from 93 countries worldwide. We thanks all of our visitors and contributors.

Statistics by RevolverMaps:  

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News from everywhere ...

Africa / Middle-East

ACRICE 2 at the University of Venda

flag_af-za_southafrica.gif by Liliana Mammino, Venda (South-Africa) 


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Wildlife around the University of Venda - Photo credit L.Mammino

More information will also be given in the next ECTN issues.

2nd African Conference on Research in Chemical Education (ACRICE 2), will be held at the University of Venda (South-Africa) from November 22-27, 2015 (new dates).

Welcome The conference will offer an ideal opportunity to share experiences, reflections and new ideas for all aspects of chemical education, at all levels of instruction. Explorations of novel approaches and new collaborations are actively encouraged. The natural beauties and rich cultural traditions of the area offer additional, fascinating attractions. 

Will start being active early in March.

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Asia / Pacific

PhD scholarships in Science and Engineering Education

flag_oc-au_australia.gif by Mauro Mocerino, Curtin-WA (AUS)

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Two PhD scholarships (covering both academic fees and living stipend), funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant, are available for the holders to conduct research in a project that investigates the nature of learning in Science and Engineering laboratory activities. The final practical objective of the project is an assessment of the level to which student learning in a physical laboratory setting can be replicated in remote/online laboratories. In this regard, the project is strongly aligned with the contemporary and future delivery of degree programs in Science and Engineering in the rapidly developing era of online, remote-access, education. Upon PhD graduation, the scholars would be ideally placed to commence a career in the field of Science and Engineering Education having been supervised by, and received training from, a project team that comprises a mix of internationally leading researchers and nationally leading educators. (...)

ACEN Announcements

flag_as-jp_japan.gif by Masato Ito, Soka JP - Manager of ACEN home page in Japan & mailing list / Chemical Education Journal (CEJ) Asian Edition in English


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EuroVariety 2015
June 30-July 2, 2015 - Tartu, Estonia

flag_eu-ee_estonia.gif by Miia Rannikmae, Tartu EE (E.U.)

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Theme: Chemistry Education for Responsible Citizenship and Employability @ University of Tartu, Estonia. 

This conference, run under the auspices of the EuCheMS Division of Chemical Education and the RSC Higher Education Group, is targeting issues in teaching and learning and continuing Chemistry at college and university level. Papers may deal with the practical aspects of teaching chemistry or with research in chemistry education at third level (university or college), at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Papers on the pre-service education of chemistry teachers, as well CPD of in-service chemistry teachers or third level staff members in chemistry are welcome. The conference theme “Chemistry education for responsible citizenship and employability” is targeting the need for promoting 21st century skills in teaching chemistry at third level (...)

PhD fellowships - MSCA-ITN-EJD: Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling TCCM

flag_eu-es_spain.gif by Otilia Mo, Madrid ES (E.U.) - 

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A Consortium of 12 European Universities and 14 associated partners, including 9 private companies, under the coordination of the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, offers 15 fully-funded 3-year PhD fellowships within the European Joint Doctorate Program in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling (EJD-TCCM), funded under the framework of the Innovative Training Networks of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action ITN-EJD-642294. TCCM. A detailed list of the projects and involved institutions can be consulted on our website:

<<< Research, Offers, Application:
check the downloadable file on your left


Climate change and our responsibilities as chemists. Arab. J. Chem. (2014) 7, 5-9

flag_na-us_usa.gif by Bassam Shakhashiri, and Jerry A. Bell, Madison-WI (USA)



Abstract: For almost all of 4.5 billion years, natural forces have shaped Earth’s environment. But, during the past century, as a result of the Industrial Revolution, which has had enormous benefits for humans, the effects of human activities have become the main driver for climate change. The increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide caused by burning fossil fuels for energy to power the revolution causes an energy imbalance between incoming solar radiation and outgoing planetary emission. The imbalance is warming the planet and causing the atmosphere and oceans to warm, ice to melt, sea level to rise, and weather extremes to increase. In addition, dissolution of part of the carbon dioxide in the oceans is causing them to acidify, with possible negative effects on marine biota. As citizens of an interconnected global society and scientists who have the background to understand climate change, we have a responsibility first to understand the science. One resource that is available to help is the ACS Climate Science Toolkit, With this understanding our further responsibility as citizen scientists is to engage others in deliberative discussions on the science, to take actions ourselves to adapt to and mitigate human-caused climate change, and urge others to follow our example.

Conferences' Agenda 2015 - ...


flag_eu-es_spain.gif INTED 2015 - Madrid ES
     March 2-4, 2015

flag_eu-fr_france.gif ISGC 2015 - La Rochelle FR
     May 3-7, 2015

flag_na-mx_mexico.gif Chemistry Mexico 2015 - Mexico MX
     May 27-29, 2015

flag_eu-es_spain.gif HEAd'15 - Valencia ES
     June 24-26, 2015

flag_eu-ee_estonia.gif EuroVariety 2015 - Tartu EE
     June 30 - July 3, 2015

flag_as-kr_korearep.gif IUPAC 2015 - Busan KR
     August 9-14, 2015

flag_eu-gr_greece.gif IMA 2015 - Kalamata GR
     September 20-24, 2015
     url: poster leaflet

flag_af-za_southafrica.gif ACRICE-2 2015 - Venda ZA
     November 22-27, 2015

flag_oc-au_australia.gif ICCE 2016

flag_sa-br_brazil.gif IUPAC 2017 - São Paulo BR
     July 3-11, 2017