NWO CHAINS is the annual Dutch chemistry conference. It is the event where chemists, from PhD students and postdocs to professors and R&D scientists, in science and industry come together.


Thank you!

Thank you to all 1935 online participants for joining NWO CHAINS 2021 edition!

We also thank our plenary and keynote speakers for presenting online and some live from our studio’s in Veldhoven.
We are gratefull that all 140 parallel session presenters and 80 focus session speakers digitally could present their work despite the last minute change to online.
And we hope that all 328 poster presenters had fun and good conversations in the poster environment of Gather we have created in the last few days before NWO CHAINS started.

All presentations can be played back until 8 January 2022.

We look forward meeting you at NWO CHAINS 2022 in person on 7 and 8 December 2022!





Sneak Peek of the NWO CHAINS 2021 platform

Only four more days until the biggest chemistry conference of the Netherlands starts! NWO CHAINS 2021 will be broadcast live from Veldhoven to your screen. We have been working hard on our digital platform, which will be open for visitors on Monday.

Not yet registered? No worries! You can still do so at the top of this page. All the NWO CHAINS 2021 lectures and posters will remain on the platform for 1 month for registered users. This means you can finally see all the lectures you want, even if they are at the same time. We have great national and international speakers and a wonderful programme with 140 parallel session presentations, 20 focus sessions and over 300 posters. See you all next week!

Pssst… Curious about our platform? Here is a preview:

Teaming up with industry

NEW: Join us for the NWO CHAINS ‘Teaming up with industry’ info session online on December 6, 2021 from 13:00-15:00 hrs and learn more about (funding) opportunities to collaborate between academia and industry! More info and registration here

Poster submission is open!

The poster submission is open to register your poster!

For poster submissions guidelines and how to submit, check here

  • The deadline for poster submissions is 22 November 2021;
  • All junior researchers can submit a poster;
  • All posters will be published on our online platform including a video-pitch;
  • There will be a limited number of poster slots available at the venue;
  • We will work on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in a poster slot at the venue, submit your poster as soon as possible after submission is opened.
  • Note that while you can edit your poster, abstract and video-pitch after submission until the deadline, the first come, first serve selection is based on the last moment you edited your submission;
  • Only submitters that registered to attend NWO CHAINS are eligible for selection to present at the venue in Veldhoven. We recommend that you register as soon as possible, preferably before submitting a poster or directly after. The deadline for registration is 8 November.

NWO CHAINS 2021 and COVID-19

Because of potential restrictions, we will not be able to welcome all the 1600+ participants at our venue that we normally receive. We aim and hope to welcome at least 1000 attendants.
We have a limited capacity for an overnight stay at our venue. We will work on a first come, first serve basis so make sure to register as soon as possible.
A single room is the standard. We will make sure that only people who have specified each other in the registration form will share a room. Make sure therefore to arrange this with your preferred roommate before registration.
Most of the programme will also be available live during NWO CHAINS via our online platform for those unable to attend physically.
Please note that for live attendants we might need to use the official ‘CoronaCheck’ app from the government during both days if this is still required for large events. This may result in extra arrangements and/or costs for you.

Plenary speakers

We are proud to announce our plenary speakers.

These international plenary speakers will present on stage in Veldhoven:



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NWO CHAINS is the annual Dutch chemistry conference. It is the event where chemists, from PhD students and postdocs to professors and R&D scientists, in science and industry come together. We will update this website with more information about the programme when this becomes available.