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ISSN 2309-5911

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An ECTN Association Publication since 2000 - April 2015, Vol. 16, N. 02

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Summary

  • Foreword: Editorial Guest.
  • Special Edition "Work place learning and employement - 'sandwich course'" with 7 contributions collected from UK, Germany, USA, France and Spain.
  • Association and Network: ECTNews - President Communication; Network Plenary Meeting 2015; Communication from our Host; ECTN General Assembly 2015.
  • EC2E2N Network: WP-01 Towards Excellence in School and University Teaching; WP-03 Entrepreneurship. 
  • Label Committee: Our Young Experts
  • Virtual Education Community: The Agency Model for EChemTest®; Test Centers' Activities March-June 2015.
  • Communication, Websites and NewsLetter: Call for 2015 Issues and Guests' List; ACEN Network; Other links to Partners' NewsLetter; December issue call.
  • News from everywhere ... Africa/Middle-East (ACRICE-2 2015, Venda ZA, Second Announcement) ; Asia-Pacific (ACEN Announcement and News Letter)Europe (100 years from Ypres; (Re)searching for Jobs; Learning Object Competition in Chemistry; EuroVariety 2015 Announcement.
  • Conference's Agenda 2015-...

Editorial Guest Foreword

 

R. Wallace

flag_eu-uk_unitedkingdom.gif Dr. Ray Wallace, Nottingham - United Kingdom
Executive Secretary of the ECTN Label Committee and an Independent Educational Consultant (CVAS)

R. Wallace

Dear NewsLetter Readers,

In this April edition of the NewsLetter we look forward to our Annual Meeting in Ljubljana in what will be seen in retrospective as a pivotal moment in the history of the ECTN.  After many years of successful funding received from the European Commission through the hard work and diligence of many colleagues we are on our own from September.

Future meetings will be different. Colleagues will have to turn to alternative sources of funding to support activities and priorities may change.  That is why it is important that when we meet, we renew old friendships, form new alliances and cement good relationships so that work may continue via ‘the ether’ if not in the flesh as we have grown accustomed to in the past.

One thing that has concerned the ECTN over the years has been the lack of engagement of industry with our activities.  In many respects this is not surprising.  After all industry is busy generating wealth and profit and our ways as academics could be perceived as less than ‘cut and thrusting’ and engagement with ourselves would be seen as providing little in the way of return for business corporations or enterprises, but consuming precious time.

If our perceptions and opinions simply rested with this global overall view, then we might remain downhearted.  However when we start to drill down from the macro to the micro then we see that there are pockets of engagement between academia and industry that are working really well to the benefit of all parties. This is not least true in the area of student involvement and employment within industry.

In this special edition of the Newsletter, we look at some of the good things that are going on in tripartite relationships which exist between universities, students and the business world. We touch upon the involvement of the chemical societies and business associations in promoting work place learning and employment, involvement of large corporations and SMEs in the practicalities of learning in the workplace and how visionary thinking in higher education can promote new ways of delivery of the employees that industry needs.

For readers who are less familiar with this world, all of these activities involve students spending some of their period of education working in industry.  Various terms are used to describe such students: interns, sandwich students, stage students, practikants and so on.  In the UK approximately 7% of all undergraduate students are on a ‘sandwich course’, that is to say a Bachelor degree where the student spends a period in industry or commerce as part of their degree programme. Often these ‘placements’ in the workplace are of a year’s duration but can be less. Business and related areas have around one third of the student placement numbers.  For Engineering and Technology it is around half that number. The benefits of placements have been well documented in the literature. These include, increased self-esteem and maturity, improved degree results, ‘oven ready’ graduates to coin an old term from the food industry and so on.

Having worked in the field of student industrial placements in science for many years, I am a confirmed advocate of the benefits of these arrangements for students, employers and universities and wish the practice was more widespread.  Currently I have the privilege of acting as an external examiner for Work Related Learning for a UK university where ALL of its students have to undertake this activity as part of their degree programme – a pioneering approach to university education in my view.

In reflecting on academic/industry interaction in Chemistry I am always heartened by what has been achieved and I have not even mentioned research funding from industry at all which is, of course, another important area of endeavour.  Nonetheless I am struck by how difficult it is to get people engaged and to respond when it comes to the teaching side of things. Attempted contacts with chemical trade associations fall on deaf ears or are simply ignored when this subject is broached. Discussions with middle management in companies are often greeted with enthusiasm but when passed up to senior management are abruptly curtailed. Senior management in universities almost to a man (and therein lies another story of gender inequality) sing the praises loud and clear of employability but often lack the vision of how realistically to deliver courses that address the needs of both employers and graduates.

I have used the word ‘vision’ twice already in this editorial.  Individuals with vision COMBINED with a practical sense of how to implement university/employer integrated education are needed on both sides of the equation for these developments to grow and flourish. However these people must have sufficient seniority to have leverage. It falls to individuals who have seen at close quarters the benefits of academia working hand in hand with industry in student education to sing the praises of such collaborations but they must be heard in the right quarters. I.e. they need to go knocking on the doors of the academic hierarchy or the executive in industry and make the case. Only then will further inroads will be made.

When you read these articles you will see what can be achieved and I hope that they will inspire you to make some waves in your own departments if such activities do not exist already.

Finally I close by wishing you all an enjoyable time in Slovenia and I look forward to meeting new and old friends.

Ray Wallace

Enjoy your reading!

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Special Edition: "Work Place Learning and Sandwich Course’"

Why the Royal Society of Chemistry is funding undergraduate placements in SMEs

flag_eu-uk_unitedkingdom.gif by Claire Wilson, Small Companies Programme Manager at the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK 

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Industrial research and development in the chemical sciences has seen significant changes in the UK. 

This is especially apparent within the life sciences sector which has witnessed a major shift from large pharma as the dominant players to a community that increasingly involves SMEs, contract research organisations and the NHS. This emerging research ecosystem requires extensive links and networks between disparate organisations and requires researchers to be  (...)

How to preserve work placement experience and time spent abroad in Chemistry Bachelor courses - a niche strategy in the Bologna process

flag_eu-de_germany.gif by Leo Gros, Hochschule Fresenius Idstein, Germany 

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The Sorbonne/Bologna papers address some issues whilst others are left in abeyance.

The Sorbonne/Bologna reform paper is short and concise. There are many more things it does not touch or regulate than most people think (who never read it). Two main items it does regulate are: the introduction of a two-tier study system comprising a first degree and a second degree (Master) with flexible proportions for both ranging from a 6+4 to an 8+2 semester system; the requirement that the first degree should be “relevant to the European labour market”.

Two items it does not regulate are: the (...)

Chemistry internship programs in the States – the current state of play of the market 

flag_na-us_usa.gif by Susan Ainsworthsenior editor covering employment at Chemical & Engineering News (cen.acs.org), a publication of the American Chemical Society, USA

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Despite the weak job market, big companies are hiring a moderate number of chemistry-focused students into their internship programs.

In today’s competitive employment market, savvy chemistry and chemical engineering students know that having industrial internship experience on their résumé is a real plus. Being able to demonstrate success in the workplace will undoubtedly give them an edge over a sea of competitors when it comes time for them to seek a post-graduation job. But in some cases, finding a coveted internship isn’t easy, notes Jamie Stacey, vice president for science at Kelly Services, which offers outsourcing, staffing, and workforce consulting services. Many companies are cutting or holding steady on the number of students they hire. That’s because companies view these (...)

Young French chemists and chemical engineers: doorways of opportunity leading to the Chemical Industry

flag_eu-fr_france.gif by Catherine Beudon, Responsable social, emploi, formation, Union des Industries Chimiques (UIC), France

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For several years now, the French business association for the Chemical Industry (UIC), has been developing numerous initiatives in order to develop links between companies and students.

The main goals of these initiatives are to attract talented young people, to acquire new competences and last but not least to be socially responsible in helping young people to get a job. To attain these goals companies use different ways, defined by French law and in some cases by social partners (employers and Trade Unions) in sectorial collective agreements. The first step is school and IUT/university curricula linked to industrial needs. 
It is important to (...)

Research and development collaboration in chemical based activities at Airbus Group Innovations   Why AGI is funding and supporting student placements worldwide

flag_eu-de_germany.gifflag_eu-pl_poland.gif by Agata Godula-Jopek, CChem FRSC is an expert in fuel cells and hydrogen storage at Airbus Group Innovations in Ottobrunn, Munich (Germany) and is a professor at the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences, Gliwice (Poland)

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Airbus Group Innovations (AGI) is a transnational network of research centres supporting the Airbus Group (AG) in targeting and identifying new technologies. 

These new technologies create value and developing them thus guarantees the technical innovation potential for AG. The policy of AGI encourages very much and focuses a lot on interdisciplinary collaborations with numerous universities and research organisations. It is the way how 21st century research and collaboration should be conducted. This creates a perfect opportunity for networking as well. The company gets a lot of benefits from supporting young students by having their fresh views and enthusiasm for research projects. It is often rather interesting to learn new things from external parties. (...) 

Student engagement with industry – bridging the gap between education, expectations and requirements

flag_eu-de_germany.gif by Reiner Salzer, Emeritus Professor at Dresden University of Technology (Germany) and Chair of the ECTN Label Committee.

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The attributes needed to compete for employment in the modern chemical industry have changed.

However, the curriculum at most traditional Western universities does not necessarily reflect these new dynamics. According to Rodney P. Townsend, former Chairman of the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Chemistry “Suschem”, difficulties arise from a mismatch between the requirements of industry and taught courses. Employability and careers are always related to job profiles, which are determined by the contemporary needs of industry. Eleven of the top 30 major chemicals producing countries are European, generating chemicals sales of (...)

Training and education of students in Spanish industry – lessons from an SME

flag_eu-es_spain.gif by Jordi Oliver-RodèsDirector General of Dr. Oliver Rodés Laboratory, Spain

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El Laboratorio Dr. Oliver Rodés has for many years been a strong supporter of education in the Chemical and Biosciences, not only in Spain but further afield within Europe.

The universities provide us with many of our workforce and we see that a partnership between industry (in our case an SME) and the University sector is absolutely vital for the building of strong economies within Europe. El Laboratorio Dr. Oliver Rodés is an SME specialising in consulting and analysis of all types of water. Founded by Dr. Benito Oliver Rodés in 1902, this company has more than one hundred years of history and currently employs more than 30 people. At the beginning of the last century, the pharmacist was the professional person who carried out the analyses of (...)

Association and Network

   flag_eu-fr_france.gif Anthony Smith, CPE Lyon, France

   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
ECTN Association President 

Dear Readers,

This “ECTNews” will reach you immediately before our General Assembly, which will be held soon in Ljubljana together with the EC2E2N 2 Annual Meeting. The two events will spam from Monday, April 27 to Wednesday 29. The major moment for our Association will be the GA session on Tuesday morning, which besides the official business, the Label Committee and VEC Committee businesses and the financial issues, will also see the election of the new President, of the Treasurer and of the five members of the Administrative Council. These elections as always will sign the active participation of our members at the establishment of the group of colleagues which will lead the Associations for the 2015-2018 three years term. According to the new Statutes, in fact, the term for each charge will now be three years, and not two anymore.

You might know well that at the end of next September the era of the “Networks” flanking the Association since its birth in 2001 will be over. The actual network in fact, EC2E2N 2, will conclude its activity and will not be renovated. This might be seen as a negative situation. Not only the rather important (indirect) economic support will be not there anymore, but also the strength of the scientific activity guaranteed by the network will be missing. But, “but” on the other hand our Association is now sufficiently mature to proceed along its own pathway, which has been designed and developed over the years.

The last two years of the current presidency and Administrative Council have been largely used for implementing new strategies, relationships and activities, for allowing ECTN to become both scientifically and economically sustainable. I will go through each of such achievements during my presentation at Ljubljana on Monday 27, in the morning session, and will also report on them in detail in my contribution at the next June EC2E2N Newsletter (not any more as president, actually). Let me just list a few of them briefly: we have a new more flexible Statutes; agreements have been established with other European bodies, the most important being the EuCheMS-ECTN Memorandum of Understanding; we have set up Working Groups to continue the extremely productive scientific activity set up by the networks; the VEC Committee and the Label Committee have been potentiated, the latter also with the inclusion in its activity of student experts for labelling; a new, modern web portal is ready to be launched; we will have the “ECTN Newsletter”, as the communication route with our members; we have already planned the 2016 ECTN General Assembly, which will take place in Gdansk (Poland).  

“But” again, as I said in my last e-mail to our members, in order to continue to have an ever more successful Association in the European cultural scene, we need the precious active support of our members for all the years to come. We need you. ECTN needs you! And the European Higher Education Area and Chemistry Education needs ECTN!

It only remains to me to thank you all members, for your support and for your activity within ECTN. Thanks for having elected me two years ago and having trusted me. For me these two years represent an unforgettable experience, which I have also lived with all the members of the Administrative Council, with the Past-President and the General Secretary, with the Chairs of the two Standing Committees, with all the other friends who have taken active part at the presidential and Council activity. If something has gone well, it is their merit. If something has gone wrong, it is my fault.

All my good wishes to you all, and to ECTN for a wonderful future.

Francesco

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EC2E2N - Network

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

  Contact:

The 2015 Plenary meeting of the EC2E2N 2 project will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 27 – 29 April 2015. Details of the meeting can be found at:http://ecampus.chem.auth.gr/ec2e2n2_annual_meeting_2015/
Registration for this meeting is now closed. Over 160 participants have registered for the meeting. It is the last annual meeting for network projects, ECTN and EC2E2N, after 19 continuous years of funding. I look forward to seeing you there ... 

Communication from our Host

flag_eu-si_slovenia.gif by Marjan Verber, Ljubljana, Slovenia


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From April 27-29 EC2E2N 2 Annual Meeting and ECTN Association General Assembly will take place in Ljubljana and will be hosted by the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of Ljubljana (http://www.fkkt.uni-lj.si/en/about/). The University of Ljubljana (http://www.uni-lj.si/eng/) was established in 1919 and the Department of Chemistry was among founding members of the university. In 2014 new premises of the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology were built and this meeting will be the first international event in the new faculty.

We will do our best to ensure good conditions for the success of both meetings. Participants will be accommodated in hotels in the city centre within walking distance of cultural and historical monuments of the city. Social events will be the part of the meeting and we hope that participants will enjoy their stay in Ljubljana.

Please visit our web site (http://ecampus.chem.auth.gr/EC2E2N2_Annual_Meeting_2015/) and see you soon end of April 2015 in Ljubljana.

ECTN Association - General Assembly 2015

  flag_eu-fr_france.gif Anthony Smith, CPE Lyon, France

  Contact:

A reminder that the ECTN Association General Assembly will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 27 – 29 April 2015 under the Presidency of Francesco de Angelis (L’Aquila, IT). The General Assembly incudes a number of working sessions for the newly formed working groups of ECTN – see the programme for further details. The business part of the General Assembly will take place on Tuesday 28 April starting at 9h00.

At this General Assembly elections will take place for President of the ECTN and 5 Ordinary Members of the Administrative Council. Members will also be asked to vote for the Treasurer of the ECTN following nominattion by the Administrative Council. Information about this has been sent to all Association members. This is a very important time in the life of the Association as it continues its plans for life after the end of the network projects and this is your chance to influence its future activities. Please be reminded that membership fees for 2014 (or 2015 for new members) must have been paid in order to be eligible to vote in the elections.

The next meeting of the Administrative Council will take place on 26th April 2015 in Ljubljana. Any member wishing to add items to the agenda for this meeting are invited to send them to Tony Smith as soon as possible.

The ECTN 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-01 Towards Excellence in School and University Teaching

  flag_eu-pl_poland.gif by Iwona Maciejowska, Kraków PL

  Contact the WP Leader:

LJUBLJANA PROGRAMME: Monday April 27, 11.45 – 13.30

11.45 - 12.30 = WP1 outcomes - status & actions needed

  • Bill Byers, Natasa Brouwer-Zupancic - Expertise in University Teaching Database (call for additional contributions, database structure, dissemination channels)
  • Mustafa Sozbilir - PCK EChemtest
  • Iwona Maciejowska - Chemistry Teacher Training (secondary schools) Good Practice Examples

12.30 - 13.15 = Discussion
13.15 - 13.30 = Conclusions.


Mustafa Sozbilir and Paola Ambrogi proposed us a paper "Chemistry teaching and learning at secondary level: Understanding and Using Chemistry Curricula for Effective Teaching" which is a part of previous special issue  EC2E2N Newsletter "Chemistry Teaching and Learning, at secondary and tertiary levels of education and between them". That paper is based on one of the good practice examples in chemistry teacher training which will be published by EC2E2N this year.

Content:

  • Theories of education, teaching and learning in chemistry
  • Taxonomies of Learning
  • Understanding and Using Chemistry Curricula for Effective Teaching
  • Designing Courses on Nature of Science and History of Science
  • The Use of Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Teacher Education
  • Inquiry based learning,
  • Chemistry and context
  • Methods and Media in Chemistry Teaching. How to plan a good chemistry lesson?
  • Practical work in chemistry and its goals and effects.
  • Design of Learning and Assessment Tasks
  • Students’ alternative conceptions and ways to overcome them

Chemistry teaching and learning at secondary level: Understanding and Using Chemistry Curricula for Effective Teaching

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flag_as-tr_turkey.gif Mustafa Sözbilir,  Erzurum TR, and
flag_eu-it_italia.gif Paola AmbrogiModena IT

A growing body of research focuses on investigating the ways in which teachers use curriculum todesign instruction. Research results indicate that effective teachers hold an analytical stance towardcurriculum materials, critiquing and adapting them to achieve productive instructional ends (Beyer & Davis, 2012). Analysing curriculum materials is essential for effective teaching at least because of tworeasons. First, parallel to the recent developments in (...)

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WP-03 Entrepreneurship

  flag_eu-it_italia.gif by Antonio Lagana, Perugia IT

  Contact the WP Leader:
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LJUBLJANA PROGRAMME: Monday April 27, 15:00 – 17:00 

  • 15:00 - 15:20 Antonio Laganà, THE WP3 OUTCOMES AND FOLLOW UP
  • 15:20 - 16:00 Other members of the WP, CONTRIBUTIONS
  • 16:00 - 16: 50 DISCUSSION
  • 16:50 - 17: 00 Antonio Laganà, CONCLUSIONS

REPORT (...)

Label Committee

  flag_eu-de_germany.gif Reiner Salzer, Dresden DE - LC Chair

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Our Young Experts

The first Chemistry Eurobachelor® Label was awarded in May 2005 to the University of Helsinki. Chair of the first Label Committee was Prof. Terence Mitchell (Dortmund). Quality requirements for Chemistry Eurolabels® included transferable skills from the very beginning. This was forward-looking and contributed much to the popularity of the Chemistry Eurolabels®.

Assessment of the first applications for the Chemistry Eurobachelor® quality label was part of the pilot project “Chemistry Eurobachelor Label”, awarded in 2004. The 10th anniversary of the start of this pilot project marked the occasion for a critical assessment of the achievements and of necessary internal developments for the transition into the second successful decade of Chemistry Eurolabels®.

A very important recent development in the work of the Label Committee was the involvement of Young Experts. This proposal of the Label Committee was repeatedly discussed with the Administrative Council of ECTN and finally approved in February 2015 in Brussels. The term “Experts” opens this group for students and young scientists, for colleagues from academia, industry, and administration.

The first group of Young Experts is already formed. They are invited to the Annual Meeting in Ljubljana and attend a special training session there. Prof. Juan Antonio Rodríguez-Renuncio (Madrid) as member of the current Label Committee is contact person and coach for the first group of Young Experts.

The Label Committee maintains a Register of Experts. This Register of Experts is a pre-requisite for the assessment of applications from different countries inside and outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). In spite of the achieved tuning of educational structures within EHEA, many educational conditions - including legal details - remain country-specific. This requires different ways in different countries to get to the same quality level, required for being awarded a quality Chemistry Eurolabel®. These different national ways require experts with knowledge of the national situation. They form our Register of Experts. The Register of Experts now includes thegroup of Young Experts.

The Young Experts are expected to extend the view of the reviewers of applications for quality Chemistry Eurolabels®. At the same time, the Young Experts will gain experience for the development in educational systems in other parts of the EHEA and share this experience in their home countries. Collaboration in the group of Young Experts will occupy some time, but the members shall be able to collect new experience and widen the perspective of the Young Experts.

Virtual Education Committee

The Agency Model for EChemTest®

  flag_eu-it_italia.gif Antonio Lagana, Perugia IT - VEC SC Chair

  Contact the Chairman:
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A new model has been adopted for managing EchemTest and related activities of the Virtual Education Community (VEC) Standing Committee(SC). The model is based on national Agencies (operating on National basis) like for the Label SC activities. Accordingly, EchemTest activities are articulated into central (in charge to ECTN through its VEC SC), national (in charge to the National Test Centres (NTCs)) and local (in charge to the Accredited Test Sites (ATS)) as follows (...)

EChemTest® Test Center Activities (March - June 2015) 

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

  Contact:

flag_eu-hu_hungary.gif TCA Budapest:Multiple sessions with the English version of all Bachelor Level 3 tests;

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

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). 


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

Communication and NewsLetter

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

  Contact the Resident Editor:
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The next regular edition is schedule in June 2015. If you'd like to contribute, you can contact the Guest Editor from ourURL

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.

  • 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 www.ec2e2n.info, or contact us.

ACEN Network

After being accepted to disseminate automatically our NewsLetter to the ACEN network members, ECTN is glad to permanently insert the ACEN News in its columns.

Japan: http://chem.sci.utsunomiya-u.ac.jp/cejrnlE.html

December Issue

Please note that this will be the 19th and final annual meeting of the network that began as ECTN in 1996. We therefore hope that all project partners will attend and make it a memorable occasion. If you have  anecdotes to report, or old pictures, do not hesitate to carry them with you or to send them to me. Thanks in advance. 


News from everywhere ...

Africa / Middle-East

ACRICE 2 - The second African Conference on Research in Chemical Education

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

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Registration and abstract submission are now open.

Everybody interested in chemistry education is warmly invited to attend, to share experiences and ideas, and to contribute to 5-days collaborative reflections and explorations to enhance the quality of chemistry education in Africa and worldwide.

Explorations in all educationally relevant directions are encouraged – both the traditionally known key issues such as the understanding of the microscopic world of atoms and molecules, the use of visualization, the search of options to facilitate conceptual understanding, etc., and novel explorations such as those concerning the potentialities of cross-discipline outlooks and insights.


The conference aims at having a broad and open scope, giving attention to all the aspects and components that can enhance the quality of chemical education. To better pursue this objective, it is considered important to expand participants’ roles in shaping the conference. Thus, participants are invited – on submitting an abstract – to name the sub-theme that they consider more closely responding to their research and educational interests and to the abstract that they are submitting. The conference organisers have proposed a set of broad themes (available on the conference website), but do not propose sets of sub-themes. Sub-themes will be proposed by participants, to ensure higher representativity of issues and topics. Those proposed with sufficiently high recurrence will be themes of individual sessions during the conference, while the others will be grouped under suitable umbrella sessions.

The beauty of the area and the richness of the Venda culture constitute additional attractions that add to the attractions of the scientific and professional value of the conference.

Looking forward to welcoming you all at the University of Venda in November!

Website https://sites.google.com/site/acrice2015

Asia / Pacific

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

  Contact:
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It is a good news that one of ACEN core member, Professor Mei-Hung Chiu (National Taiwan Normal University), was nominated for the President Elect of National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), as has been announced at 

http://www.narst.org/news/NARST_Membership_Election_Message.pdf

Professor Chiu has long been a member of IUPAC Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE) and currently is its chairperson. She is also a director of FACS project ACEN, of which activities this mailing list takes part. Her presidency of NARST will contribute to the development of science/chemical education not only in US but also in Asia and all over the world.  
I hope that chemical educators all over Asia-Pacific area will support and/or collaborate with her for the development of science/chemical education and increased appreciation of chemistry not only in Asia but all over the world.

Europa

100 years from Ypres

Proposed by Francesco de Angelis, L'Aquila IT

It is 100 years since April 22, 1915 when in Ypres - Belgium gas - was used for the first time in the First World War. On this occasion, EuCheMS prepared a press release entitled "Chemists against chemical weapons". 

You will find there also an article on the "Duality of chemistry and the first world war" by Ferruccio Trifirò (Scientific member of OPCW and Emeritus Professor of the University of Bologna).  

Read the full article by clicking here (PDF file).

(Re)searching for Jobs

Proposed by Nineta Majcien, Brussels BE

Brussels, Belgium - 2 June 2015
website: www.euchems.eu


During the workshop (Re)searching for Jobs you will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities that young University graduates face when entering the labour market. This workshop, co-hosted by MEP Catherine Stihler MEP and EuCheMS, will be illustrated with examples from the chemical sciences.

Registration and programme ... by clicking here (facebook link)

Learning Objects Competition in Chemistry

flag_eu-it_italia.gif by Gino Paolucci, University Ca'Foscari of Venice, Italy 

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The path of this third edition of the contest, which was to be an opportunity for an international investigation of new teaching methods, was long and full of problems. Initially the deadline for uploading learning objects was set at September 2014, but for a number of technical problems has been moved to December 2014.

The term was then moved further because many national coordinators had requested more time to publicize the event. Given the tight deadlines for a vote at the national level, we requested the national coordinators to make the selection of Learning Objects finalists for the international assessment. However, Poland has requested, a national vote on the website of the contest which lasted until the end of March.

The evaluation of LOs 5 finalists by five National Coordinators ended April 15, 2015. The results are reported in the following slides.


The final evaluation of the winners was made taking into account three parameters:

  • Cultural depth (related to who was dedicated): 35/100 points
  • Innovative Presentation: 30/100 points
  • Clarity of Presentation: 35/100 points

We proceeded then to calculate the average of the total scores for each LO, excluding those of the coordinator data to LO's own nation and dividing by four.

The results are:

  1. La Geometria Molecolare
    Università Federico II Napoli, IT: 90.75/100
  2. Converting Physical Chemistry into an adventure game 
    Europa Fachhochschule Fresenius, Idstein, D: 86.75/100
  3. Daktyloskopia 
    Aneta Repeta, Podziekowania dla Aniki Dziewior, PL: 62.25/100 

All LOs, either as video or PPT, were very appreciated, not only for content and skill in the presentation but also for their efforts in modulating chemical concepts depending on the subjects to which they were addressed. So I thank all the participants and the coordinators for their efforts in soliciting the participation to the competition of schools and universities of their country. Special thanks to Prof. Ioannis Kozaris and his group for the organization and management of the web page of the competition.

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 (...)


Conferences' Agenda 2015 - ...

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flag_eu-fr_france.gif ISGC 2015 - La Rochelle FR
     May 3-7, 2015
     url: www.isgc2015.com

flag_na-mx_mexico.gif Chemistry Mexico 2015 - Mexico MX
     May 27-29, 2015
     url: https://sites.google.com/site/cmqvmcommx/?invite=CKCArLYP

flag_eu-es_spain.gif HEAd'15 - Valencia ES
     June 24-26, 2015
     url:www.headconf.org

flag_eu-ee_estonia.gif EuroVariety 2015 - Tartu EE
     June 30 - July 3, 2015
     url:https://sisu.ut.ee/eurovariety/ 

flag_sa-br_brazil.gif International Society for the Philosophy of
     Chemistry (ISPC 2015)
- Rio de Janeiro BR
     July 28-30, 2015
     url:http://leseq.org/ispc-2015/ 

 flag_as-kr_korearep.gif IUPAC 2015 - Busan KR
     August 9-14, 2015
     url: www.iupac2015.org 

flag_eu-pl_poland.gif WmL'15 - 1st International Workshop on Mobile
     Learning - Lodz PL
     September 13-16, 2015
     url: http://www.fedcsis.org/2015/wml

flag_eu-gr_greece.gif IMA 2015 - Kalamata GR
     September 20-24, 2015
     url: www.ima2015.teikal.gr poster leaflet

flag_af-za_southafrica.gif ACRICE-2 2015 - Venda ZA
     November 22-27, 2015
     url:  https://sites.google.com/site/acrice2015

flag_as-my_malaysia.gif ICCE 2016 - Borneo, Sarawak, MY
     August 1-4, 2016
     url: click here

flag_sa-br_brazil.gif IUPAC 2017 - São Paulo BR
     July 3-11, 2017
     url: www.sbq.org.br/IUPAC2017/