Organising team CHAINS 2020

Ralf Boland, Digna Tesink, Stephanie Holst, Stefan Brandt, Stephan van Duren, Hans Peter van der Lit, Laura Jansen, Martine Kors and Vera Meester

Programme committee CHAINS 2020

  • prof. Titia Sixma (chair) – NKI
  • prof. Alexandre Bonvin – UU
  • dr. Stefania Grecea – UvA
  • dr. Ruud Kortlever – TUD
  • prof. Leon Lefferts – UT
  • prof. Katja Loos – RUG
  • prof. Evert Jan Meijer – UvA
  • dr. Maurien Olsthoorn – DSM
  • prof. Anja Palmans – TU/e
  • dr. Daan Swarts – WUR


If you have any questions about CHAINS 2020, please contact us by email:

Event agency

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Code of conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and partners at CHAINS are required to read the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

CHAINS is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, Twitter and other online social media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

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Participants of CHAINS 2020 may be filmed or photographed (for instance in the form of still images). These films, photographs and still images will be used for reporting purposes of the conference, and will be published on the NWO-website, social media channels and newsletters. NWO will not share scientific content without prior consent of the involved researcher(s).

Looking back

We thank all our speakers, participants, sponsors and partners over the years. CHAINS is organized by NWO Domain Science in close cooperation with our partners KNCV and ChemistryNL.


Over 1600 participants joined CHAINS 2019 on 10 and 11 December in the NH conference Center De Koningshof in Veldhoven.

Plenary speakers (in alphabetical order):
Frances Arnold (Caltech, USA) Lee Cronin (University of Glasgow, UK), Craig Hawker (University of California Santa Barbara, USA), Ilja Voets (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL) and Marcel Wubbolts (Corbion, NL)

Keynote speakers (in alphabetical order):
Ali Alavi (Cambridge/MPI), Alexander Böker (IAP), Ineke Braakman (University of Utrecht), Marjolein Dijkstra (University of Utrecht), Sophia Haussener (EPHL), Marc Koper (Leiden University), Robert Tampé (Goethe University), Helma Wennemers (ETH)

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On 3, 4 and 5 December 2018 more than 1500 scientists gathered in the NH Conference Center De Koningshof in Veldhoven to attend the 6th edition of CHAINS. We look back at an inspiring and successful CHAINS 2018, where communities in chemistry connected.

Plenary speakers (in alphabetical order):
Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University), Jason Chin (MRC-LMB, University of Cambridge), Paula Hammond (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Pascal Jonkheijm (University of Twente; KNCV Gold Medal Lecture), Pieternel Levelt (KNMI, Delft University of Technology), and Kevin Plaxco (Univ. California Santa Barbara).

Keynote speakers (in alphabetical order):
Anna Akhmanova (Utrecht University), Kenichiro Itami (Nagoya University), Mark Johnson (Yale University), Cristina Nevado (University of Zürich), Kevin Verstrepen (Leuven University, Flanders Institute for Biotechnology), and Tanja Weil (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research).


We are proud to look back on a successful 5th edition of the CHAINS chemistry congress on 5, 6 and 7 December 2017 in the NH Conference Center De Koningshof in Veldhoven.

Plenary speakers (in alphabetical order):
Zhenan Bao (Stanford), Jacqueline Barton (Caltech; Knaw Van ’T Hoff), Ben Feringa (University Of Groningen), Nathalie Katsonis (University Of Twente; Kncv Gold Medal Lecture), Ferdi Schüth (Max-Planck-Institut Für Kohlenforschung), and Feng Zhang (MIT)

Keynote speakers (in alphabetical order):
Dick Broer (University Of Groningen), Albert Heck (Utrecht University), Freek Kapteijn (Delft University Of Technology), Michel Orrit (Leiden University), Alexander Van Oudenaarden (Hubrecht Institute), and Ana Pombo (Humboldt University Of Berlin)