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Welcome to CHAINS 2020

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

COVID-19
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.

CHAINS 2020

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.

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.

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.
  • 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

Keynote speakers

More information will follow shortly.

Chemistry of Life

The research field Chemistry of Life studies and exploits the chemical principles and phenomena that underlie biological processes. The many disciplines within Chemistry of Life include (bio)organic and medicinal chemistry, analytical and macromolecular chemistry that relate to biological processes, bio- and cellular chemistry, structural and chemical biology, molecular biology, and biophysics.

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Chemistry of Materials

Chemistry of Materials focuses on the broad and multidisciplinary field of materials and encompasses the complete lifespan of a wide range of materials. It brings together expertise from chemistry, physics, biology and engineering. It covers the design-synthesis-characterisation-performance cycle. There are many types of material, such as organic, inorganic and hybrid, made up of biomacromolecules, macromolecules, colloids, small molecules, and so on.

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Chemical Conversion

The Chemical Conversion community brings together disparate fundamental disciplines and technological sectors. Chemical conversion is integral to all disciplines in the chemical sciences from fundamental, molecular-level chemistry to large-scale chemical process technology. Fields such as catalysis, process technology and synthesis play a key role.

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Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry

The focus of Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry research is on the development of new techniques and on improving existing ones. Advances in models, computational tools and experimental techniques in the full range of the chemical sciences will enable us to study chemical reactions at ever smaller and shorter length and timescales, while at the same time opening up possibilities to study ever larger complex molecular systems.

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Focus sessions

More information will follow shortly.

Masterclasses

More information will follow shortly.

Group leader meeting

The Group Leader meeting will be held on Monday 7 December.
More information will follow shortly.

Awards & prizes

More information will follow shortly.

Programme

More information about the programme of CHAINS 2020 will follow shortly.

Registration

More information will follow shortly.

Abstracts

Expected abstract submission dates:

  • Focus sessions mid-March to mid-May
  • Parallelsessions: May – July
  • Posters: May – October

More information will follow shortly.

Submit

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.

The focus session abstract submission is closed

Important deadlines

  • Please submit your focus sessions before 14 May 2020, 13:00 hrs via https://nwochains.nl. Before submitting, please take notice of the guidelines of the call for focus sessions abstracts.
  • You can submit nominations for speakers (PhD students/postdocs) for parallel sessions as of mid-May until 6 July 2020, 13:00 hrs.
  • Registration will probably open June 2020.

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

Parallel sessions

View the guidelines for submission

Parallel 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 parallel 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 parallel 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

Poster sessions

View the guidelines for submission

Poster 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 poster 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 parallel 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

Conference fee

Standard registration fee (incl. VAT) for two days:

  • Master students and bachelor students: € 50 (double room, roommate*)
  • PhD students and postdocs: € 100 (double room, roommate*)
  • Tenure track, permanent staff, professor, associate professor, assistant professor, industry, government and other: € 150 (single room)

The conference fee includes for two days: coffee breaks, lunches, drinks, dinner on 8 December 2020, overnight stay on 8/9 December 2020 and shuttle buses between Eindhoven central station/hotels and the venue and vice versa.

* PostDocs, Ph.D. students, B.Sc., and M.Sc. students are automatically assigned a twin room which they have to share. This may be someone you do not know, however of the same gender. You can fill in a preferred roommate, we will try to take your wishes into account. Please note that sharing a room with a preferred roommate is only possible, when the roommate indicates in his/her registration form your matching email address and if dates of attendance match.

If you will only attend one day, excluding overnight stay, fees are:

  • Master students and bachelor students: € 25
  • PhD students and postdocs: € 50
  • Tenure track, permanent staff, professor, associate professor, assistant professor, industry, government and other: € 75

Cancellation policy

Cancellation via the deregister link in the confirmation e-mail.

  • Cancellation before 6 November: only administration costs of €7,50 will be charged
  • Cancellation between 6 until 23 November: 50% refund
  • Cancellation after 23 November: no refund
  • For hotel-only cancellations after 16 November 2020 or no-shows, a fee of 100 Euro will be charged.

Venue

NH Conference Centre Koningshof
Locht 117
5504 RM Veldhoven
The Netherlands

Directions

Parking

NH Koningshof has its own parking facilities which costs € 5,- per day.

Public transportation

Travel by train to Eindhoven central train station. On arrival leave the track and go right towards the bus station. 
Take bus 150/149 to Reusel or bus 15 to NH Koningshof.
These busses depart every half hour. It’s a 30 minutes’ drive to the venue.
The bus stops in front of the venue.

Shuttle busses

For your convenience we provide shuttle busses from Eindhoven train station to the venue.
Schedule will follow.

Off site hotels

Please be aware that not all participants can be accommodated at the NH Koningshof for the overnight stay.

NH Collection Eindhoven Centre
Pullman Cocagne Eindhoven
Amrâth hotel Eindhoven
Bastion hotel Eindhoven

Transfers will be arranged from these hotels to and from the venue NH Koningshof.
Schedule will follow later.

Please note that if you live in the surroundings of Eindhoven it is best not to book a hotel room. Do note that cancelling the hotel room because you are not accommodated in NH Koningshof has a fine of € 100,-

Childcare

NWO offers free professional childcare at the conference venue for all participants of CHAINS 2020. If you have requested childcare in your registration, you will be contacted. If you have any questions about childcare, please contact us at chains@nwo.nl.

Sponsors

More information will follow shortly.

Organising team CHAINS 2020

  • Ralf Boland
  • Stephanie Holst
  • Digna Tesink
  • Laura Jansen
  • Stephan van Duren
  • Hans Peter van der Lit
  • Martine Kors
  • Mirjam van Ooijen

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

Contact

If you have any questions about CHAINS 2020, please contact us by email: chains@marloesenco.nl

Questions about ticket purchases

Marloes&Co communication & events
Linda Hartendorp
Email: chains@marloesenco.nl
Telephone: +31 6 30625707

Payments are handled by Multisafepay ordered by:
Stichting Conferences & Events
CoC number: 858982997
VAT number: NL858982997B01

Code of conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and partners at CHAINS are required to read the following code of conduct. Organizers 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 organizers.

Privacy Statement

NWO uses the personal data for various purposes described below:

  • registration of CHAINS 2020 delegates and visitors
  • carrying out admission control for CHAINS 2020
  • informing delegates and visitors about events they registered
  • activities pertaining to CHAINS 2020

NWO has engaged other parties, to process personal data exclusively for NWO. NWO entered into a processing agreement with these partners.

Statement concerning Photographs and/or Films

Participants of CHAINS 2020 may be filmed or photographed. These films and photographs will be used for reporting purposes of the conference and will be published on the NWO-website, social media channels and newsletters.

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 Holland Chemistry.

CHAINS 2019

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 Corin (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)

Watch the CHAINS 2019 after-movie

Take a look at the photos.

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CHAINS 2018

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).

CHAINS 2017

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)