The latest news of CHAINS 2017

Team CRISPR Clear wins Top Sector Chemistry’s 2017 Student Competition

The Top Sector Chemistry’s 2017 Student Competition has been won by the CRISPR Clear team of Wageningen University & Research. The winner, CRISPR Clear, received the award during the CHAINS chemistry conference, at Veldhoven. The members of the CRISPR Clear team, students Carina Nieuwenweg, Martijn van Galen and Angelina Horsting, each received a cheque for 1000 euros. The Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Top Sector Chemistry. DSM was the sponsor who provided this year’s prize money.

Read more about the 2017 Student Competition


Fresh Strips wins the 2017 Gouden KIEM competition

Wednesday 6 December 2017, a team from Fresh Strips and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) received the Gouden KIEM award. Each year, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Top Sector Chemistry and InnovationLink award the Gouden KIEM to the best chemical start-up. The prize, which consists of a sculpture and the sum of 25,000 euros for a research project, was awarded during the CHAINS Chemistry conference.

Read more about the Gouden KIEM award


Moniek Tromp wins NWO Athena Prize 2017

Chemist Moniek Tromp will receive the Athena Prize 2017 from NWO on 6 December 2017 during the chemistry congress CHAINS. The prize rewards excellent female chemists who act as a role model for other researchers. Dr Tromp receives the Athena Prize for her originality and creativity in her line of research as well as for her prolonged and bold efforts for gender equality in both the academic world and primary schools.

Read the NWO press release

NWO-Spinoza Prize for Albert Heck

Today NWO chairman Stan Gielen announced that developmental psychologist Eveline Crone, analytical chemist Albert Heck, physical chemist Michel Orrit and biologist and biophysicist Alexander van Oudenaarden have each been awarded an NWO Spinoza Prize. These researchers have been given this prize for their exceptional, pioneering and inspiring work. The NWO Spinoza Prize is the highest scientific distinction in the Netherlands. The laureates will each receive 2.5 million euros which they can spend on scientific research.

The NWO Spinoza Prizes will be awarded during a festive ceremony on Tuesday 12 September in the Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague.

Albert Heck is professor of chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences and head of the Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry group at Utrecht University. As a world leading expert in protein mass spectrometry, Heck develops techniques to map the structure and behaviour of proteins with the aid of mass spectrometry. Albert Heck is the driver of proteomics in the Netherlands and as academic director of the Netherlands Proteomics Centre he has positioned our country at the highest international level. Heck is member of the CHAINS Programme Committee 2017. In 2015 he received a TOP-PUNT grant together with Geert-Jan Boons for their research ”Combining chemical synthesis and analysis to reveal the biology regulated by protein glycosylation”. Heck’s facility for large-scale protein analysis Proteins@Work was rewarded by NWO in the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Facilities.

Congratulations Albert! We feel honoured to have such an expert in our CHAINS 2017 programme committee member!

Click here  for Albert Heck’s profile

Watch the video portrait of Albert Heck

Nomination process for focus sessions and speakers for parallel sessions of CHAINS 2017 now opened

It is now possible for all project leaders to nominate a topic for one of the 36 aimed focus sessions. We only accept nominations for focus sessions when the specific form is used.
Deadline for nominations for topics of focus sessions is 29 May 2017. Focus sessions are programmed on all three days of the conference.

This year the timeframe for nominating speakers (PhD students/postdocs) for parallel sessions is extended by three months compared to previous editions of CHAINS. Nominations can be submitted  until the deadline of 20 August 2017.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you need a copy of the nomination form for a focus session and/or the link to nominate speaker(s).


First Plenary Speakers & What’s New

New at this edition of CHAINS

  • After dinner lecture: On Wednesday 6 December Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa will give a lecture for all CHAINS 2017 delegates after an all-seated dinner in the large lecture hall.
  • Extended deadline for nominations for parallel sessions: This year the timeframe for nominating speakers (PhD students/postdocs) for parallel sessions will be extended by three months compared to previous editions of CHAINS. Nominations can be submitted until the deadline of 20 August 2017.
  • Chance to nominate inspiring focus sessions: Next to nominating inspiring scientists for parallel sessions, the Dutch chemistry community can submit hot topics for focus sessions. Focus sessions will be included on all three days of the conference. 

The Programme Committee will sent more details about the nomination procedures to all chemical project leaders by mid-April.  

Outline Programme

  • 5 December: the programme's main focus will be ‘Chemistry of Life’
  • 6 December: this day covers sessions from ‘Chemistry of Life’, ‘Chemistry of Materials’ to ‘Chemical Conversion’ as well as activities of interest to all chemists
  • 7 December: the programme will focus on ‘Chemistry of Materials’ and ‘Chemical Conversion’

Young researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in parallel sessions and several focus and poster sessions, which will be interspersed with keynote lectures and plenary speakers. Activities related to similar themes will be clustered at the location, to promote easy encounters with sub-communities. The programme on 6 December contains next to parallel and focus sessions, lectures from several renowned plenary speakers and various opportunities for networking.

First Plenary Speakers
We are very proud to announce that the following plenary speakers have confirmed (more details will follow soon):

  • Prof. Zhenan Bao (Stanford)
  • Prof. Feng Zhang (MIT)
  • Prof. Jacqueline Barton (Caltech)
  • Prof. Ferdi Schüth (Max Planck Institute)
  • Prof. Ben Feringa (University of Groningen)

Why visit CHAINS?
With more than 1500 delegates, CHAINS offers you the ultimate opportunity to meet the Dutch chemical research communities, expand your network, and get an overview of recent scientific breakthroughs and ‘hot topics’ within chemistry and the innovative Dutch chemical sector. It is the event where chemists (PhD students and postdocs to professors and R&D scientists) in science and industry come together. You will meet and get inspired by renowned chemists from the Netherlands and abroad.