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Save the Date: 8 & 9 December 2020

NWO is complying with the measures announced by the Dutch government to prevent any further spread of the COVID-19 Corona virus.
This could have an impact on the way we have to organise CHAINS 2020.
We will keep you updated on this website.

More information about NWO and COVID-19 can be found here.


Co-create the Chains 2020 programme by submitting focus sessions, abstracts for oral presentations in the parallel sessions or a poster! Please find more information and guidelines below.

Plenary speakers

We are proud to announce our plenary speakers, more information on the CHAINS 2020 speakers and programme will follow.

Caroline Ross

Professor MIT

Craig Crews

Professor Yale

Berend Smit

Professor EPFL

Call for focus session abstracts!

Help us co-create the CHAINS 2020 programme!

We invite group leaders in the Netherlands to submit focus sessions for CHAINS 2020. A total number of 20 focus sessions will be scheduled on both days, Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 December 2020.

NEW: “Young programme committee”!

We invite young researchers (not more than ~3 years after PhD, no tenure track) to submit a focus session. One spot will be reserved for the “Young programme committee”.

Focus sessions can be submitted until the deadline of 14 May 2020, 13:00 hrs.

Outcomes about the acceptance or rejection of the focus sessions will be communicated in June. Selected focus sessions then have until 7 September to organize their session and to submit the final details.

View the guidelines for submission

Focus sessions guidelines

  • A focus session is organised around a specific theme/’hot topic’. The topic is interdisciplinary and/or applied and has by preference cross-overs with more than one research field in chemistry.
    Although one individual can submit a focus session, we recommend a joint action of a few group leaders to strengthen the broad interest.
All submissions should contain the following information:
  • Contact details initiator
  • Contact details chair (this can be the initiator)
  • Title of the contribution (max. 8 words)
  • Abstract of the contribution (max. 200 words)
  • Main tracks (Chemistry of Life, Chemistry of Materials, Chemical Conversion, Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry) the contribution fits best
  • Names of aimed speakers
  • Relevant keywords
  • Format of the focus session: The duration of a focus session is 80 minutes. The initiators/chairs of selected focus sessions are responsible for the organisation of their own focus session.
  • NEW! Organisers of a focus session can request a budget of max. 600 euro per focus session. This can be used for travel and/or registration costs. Important: The organiser of the focus session is responsible for the registration of speakers in the session and main contact point for the speakers. NWO can facilitate the organisation of extra nights of accommodations and/or taxis to and from the venue.
  • Recommendations: joint initiatives of a few group leaders to strengthen the broad interest, include a diversity of speakers (junior/senior, national/international, university/industry/other, affiliation, stage of career, gender balance, etc.). We encourage also young group leaders to submit a focus session!
  • The programme committee selects the focus sessions to create a balanced programme. Selection criteria include the topic, diversity of aimed set of speakers, diversity of initiators/chairs and interest for more than one community

Short impression!