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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Also this year, CHAINS offers Masterclasses for PhD students on the day before the conference. Masterclasses will be held online on Monday 7 December 2020 at 15:00. To register, indicate your interest during your registration for CHAINS 2020. You can choose one from five masterclasses to attent, spots are limited. 

Publishing: Tips for Manuscript Writing and Successful Submissions  

Dr. Jonathan Faiz, Wiley; in collaboration with KNCV
Duration: ca. 1,5 hrs with breaks

Publishing papers in reputed journals is an integral part of the research cycle. In this workshop, we will open the Editor's black box by explaining how manuscripts are processed from submission to publication. In addition, we will discuss ethical aspects of publishing and give tips on how to prepare your manuscript for submission and improve your chances for successful publication. Topics to be covered include: An introduction to Chemistry Europe; The job of an Editor; How do I simplify my writing and improve the presentation of my results?; How do I choose the right journal for submission?;  What do Editors and referees look for?; How do I improve the visibility of my research.

Career planning: your next step!

Marion Miezenbeek,
Duration: ca. 2,5 hrs with breaks

What’s the next step in your career, what are you really looking for in a job and what do you have to offer another employer or supervisor? These questions will be answered in this masterclass so you know which career step is the one that matches the most with your personality, values and drive!

Getting Hired: Best Practice

Craig Jackson, ESS Recruit 
Duration: ca. 1,5 hrs with breaks

In this workshop I will provide best practice advice on the initial phase of job hunting. Which includes basic CV advice, where to find jobs (on and offline) as well as how to make yourself an attractive potential employee. Topics include: Where to find a job; What skills do employers want?; Job hunting and social media; CV best practice; Successful job searching; Career fairs; Recruitment agencies (pros and cons);  Sponsorship, Working Visas etc.

Networking & Pitching

Juliëtte Boughouf, THRIVE Institute
Duration: ca. 1,5 hrs with breaks

Goal of this Masterclass is to prepare and empower the attendees for their career development within and outside academia. We focus on two important soft skills that are important in this: networking and pitching. Participants will receive insights in the basics of both networking and pitching. We will put the learnings into practice by letting the PhD candidates practice with conveying their story to someone else.

Expand Your Online Presence through LinkedIn

Karlijn de Wit, Noscura
Duration: ca. 2,5 hrs with breaks

Learn how to make best use of your LinkedIn profile as a PhD student. Expand your network in a relevant direction, learn to search for relevant content and people, interact in a meaningful way, showcase your work and achievements in updates that fit your style. In this masterclass you will learn all the potential and possibilities LinkedIn has to offer and as a result obtain a bigger impact in the community.

Awards & prizes

The NWO Domain Science hands out five special scientific awards. These awards recognise the achievements of scientists in various areas of scientific research. There is an award for inspirational teamwork (Team Science Award), an award for science communication for a wider audience (Communication Award), an award to foster diversity (Diversity Initiative Award and Athena Award) and an award for the societal impact of scientific results (Stairway to Impact Award). The ceremony of one of these awards might be during CHAINS.

Programme overview

The programme might be subject to changes.
Download the programme as PDF
Register for the Lorentz Center Workshop 'Creating Chemistry' on Tuesday evening 8 December via this link.


The registration is now open!
A small fee of € 15,- will be charged to attend CHAINS 2020. It is possible to pay by iDEAL.
Due to administrative costs we shall not refund the registration fee in case of a cancellation.

The deadline for registration is 30 November 2020.

Register now!