CHAINS 2017 is organised by NWO Domain Science

NWO Domain Sciences is collaborating with partners and sponsors to offer CHAINS 2017 participants a wide variety of knowledge and networking possibilities.

Main Partners 2017


Top Sector Chemistry

In the Top Sector Chemistry, universities and (applied) research institutes, universities of applied sciences, industry and SMEs work together to come up with green and sustainable solutions for the major challenges society is facing. The main focal points of the Top Sector Chemistry are health, nutrition, energy, transport, raw materials and climate. The Top Sector Chemistry stimulates and facilitates public-private partnerships between industry and research institutes to help shape and implement the plans from the main lines of research.

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The Royal Netherlands Chemical Society is the largest chemical association of the Netherlands.

Approximately 8,500 members bring the variety and richness of the molecular field to life. They operate in business, education and government, or study at one of the universities in Netherlands.

The Royal Netherlands Chemical Society was founded in 1903 and is the representative of chemistry, life sciences and process technology in the Netherlands. These three disciplines are significant contributors to our social and community welfare.

Alongside representation and networking activities, the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society also contributes to a correct image of chemistry by providing an accurate and proper coverage of chemistry.

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The Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) promotes the collective interests of the chemical industry in the Netherlands by means of consultations, information meetings and recommendations. The VNCI acts on behalf of the entire sector as a central contact point and undertakes activities that have a positive impact on the image of the chemical industry.

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InnovatieLink supports Innovations in Chemistry


SMEs meet science and vice versa’, is the theme of this year’s contribution of InnovatieLink to Chains 2016. Our booth will give the floor to innovative SMEs in chemistry looking for knowledge or scientists. At the same time scientists can post their wishes to contact business partners on billboards or have an intake meeting with an expert innovation manager. Besides, InnovatieLink supports the networking events, the entrepreneur session of KNCV and the Golden KIEM Award. 

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The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1808 as an advisory body to the Dutch Government – a role that it continues to play today. As the forum, conscience, and voice of the arts and sciences in the Netherlands, the Academy promotes quality in science and scholarship and strives to ensure that Dutch scholars and scientists contribute to cultural, social and economic progress. As a research organisation, the Academy is responsible for a group of outstanding national research institutes. It promotes innovation and knowledge valorisation within these institutes and encourages them to cooperate with one another and with university research groups.

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Partners 2017



Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC) is the national research center for sustainable chemistry and energy in the Netherlands. A long term cooperation between companies and fundamental science will result in the chemical building blocks of the future. With those, we are providing solutions for energy carriers, functional materials and coatings.
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Gravitation programmes

In 2012, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and NWO launched the Gravitation program to stimulate research by consortia of top researchers in the Netherlands who are carrying out innovative and influential research in their field. The first three programs to be awarded were FMS, ICI and MCEC; followed in 2017 by BaSyC, MDR and NOCI.

Building a Synthetic Cell (BaSyC) bring together knowledge in chemistry, physics and biology to construct an autonomous cell that can maintain itself, grow and divide.
The Research Centre for Functional Molecular Systems (FMS) aims to gain a deeper understanding of the molecular mechanisms, structures, and chemical processes that lead to living systems. The Institute for Chemical Immunology (ICI) brings together Chemistry and Immunology in the new field of Chemical Immunology, who develop chemical compounds that can activate or suppress the immune system precisely.
The Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion (MCEC) develops highly efficient catalytic processes for various energy and materials sources, such as fossil fuels, biomass and solar energy. The Center for Materials-Driven Regeneration (MDR) brings materials scientists, cell biologists, tissue engineers and medical scientists together to jointly work on a new approach in which intelligent materials are used to coax the body into restoring itself. And the Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative (NOCI) uses stem cells from patients to develop 'disease-specific miniature organs on microchips' to investigate precise mechanisms underlying diseases of the heart, brain and intestine and the effects of intestinal bacteria and drugs on these processes.

At CHAINS 2017, several of these program’s prominent scientist will be available to meet and greet.


Stichting C3

Centrum JongerenCommunicatie Chemie (C3) aims to show pupils aged 4-18 how chemistry plays an important role in every aspect of life, and how chemistry offers them a range of opportunities for their future. To achieve this goal, C3 develops and deploys activities and products that offer pupils hands-on experiences in the broad field of chemistry. C3 offers a wide array of materials and activities, ranging from simple experiments using everyday products, to working visits to professional laboratories. We do this in close cooperation with our partners in industry and academia, and all activities and products we develop are freely accessible for education professionals and pupils.

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Lorentz Center

The Lorentz Center is a workshop center that organizes international mono- and multi-disciplinary workshops in all scientific disciplines. The workshops are characterized by ample time for active discussions and informal interactions The main focus is to foster collaboration between and within research communities, also beyond academia.

Any scientist can apply for a Lorentz Center workshop. Proposals will be reviewed by advisory committees. When an application is approved, the Lorentz Center provides funding for lodging and travel of participants. In addition, each workshop is assigned a coordinator who takes care of the practical organization.
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