Presidential Address for General Assembly webpage
I cordially invite you to the European Chemistry Thematic Network General Assembly and Annual Meeting which will take place in Budapest, 8th and 9th April.
Despite these difficult times I hope as many of you that can, will join us in Budapest and participate in this vibrant project that we share.
Our network has many aims and objectives but for me the most important goal is the integration of European chemists, be they researchers and/or educators. For this human interaction is by far the most important reagent and although Zoom and Teams have come to our rescue, nothing can replace the in-person warmth and good will that is the essence of our meetings.
These are exciting times for the ECTN. Firstly, our General Assembly will be asked to approve a complete overhaul of the working groups and several new ones will be presented. Members will be invited to participate at all levels. These new groups will cover topics such as lecturer accreditation, Tuning revisited, ECTN digitalization and chemistry in society.
Our three standing committees Labels, Virtual Education Community and Quality Standards in Teaching, have been revamped with new faces that will surely continue and extend the excellent work that is being carried out in the name of the ECTN.
This year we have the good fortune to participate in two projects financed by the Erasmus Plus Programme, namely, STEM Continuous Professional Development at European Universities (STEM-CPD@EUni) and Digital Support in Chemistry Teaching (DISTINCT). Both projects are looking to recruit ECTN members to work and develop different aspects of each project. Presentation at our annual meeting will be made by the respective project coordinators Iwona Maciejowska and Marek Frankowicz
So, exciting times for all. You don’t want to miss out. Register now and I will see you in Budapest where a memorable chemistry reaction will no doubt take place.
President of the European Chemistry Thematic Network
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Welcome to the 2022 ECTN event
This year’s General Assembly and Conference of ECTN will take place at the Institute of Food Science and Technology, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Buda Campus, in Budapest, Hungary on 8th – 9th April, 2022.
The European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTN), is a non-profit association registered in Belgium (https://ectn.eu/). There are currently around 100 members (higher education institutions, national chemical societies and chemical companies) of the network coming from 30 different European countries and with associate members worldwide.
2022 General Assembly and conference of ECTN will be organised jointly by the Institute of Food Science and Technology and the Hungarian Chemical Society.
As you see, we have moved the date back to April as has been the usual time of year for the meeting except for the past two years when the Covid pandemic upset our arrangements.
We very much hope that the epidemic situation will allow the meeting to be held in person as planned.
We are planning a programme over two full days (Friday and Saturday) that will be attractive to all members. We are involved in two Erasmus+ projects and there will be opportunities to take part in their activities. Also, we are creating new work groups that we would like you to participate in.
In addition to the professional program, there will be an opportunity to get to know the beauty of Budapest and enjoy Hungarian cuisine.
We look forward to seeing you in Budapest.
Livia Simon Sarkadi
Chair of the local organising committee