In early October 2014, the inaugural NextGenChem@NL symposium was successfully launched at the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS), Eindhoven University of Technology. The aim of the symposium was to offer aspiring postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors and tenure trackers within The Netherlands a unique opportunity to meet, showcase their latest research and form scientific networks and collaborations.
A total of 43 participants registered for the two‑day symposium and the program covered many fields of chemistry, including self-assembly, soft matter, catalysis, chemical biology and materials science. Each participant had the opportunity to present his/her research both as an oral presentation and during the poster session in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Also included in the program were two information sessions related to grant writing (Gerard Verschuren, EuroTech Universities Alliance), and patents and intellectual property (Matthew Burton, AOMB IP consultants).
The scientific program combined with the social component promoted a lot of stimulating interactions and lively discussions amongst the participants, and we, as organizers, were extremely pleased with the highly enthusiastic and positive response. We would like to sincerely thank all participants for contributing to its enormous success, and we gratefully acknowledge the ICMS for hosting the event and the Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems (Gravitation Program) for their generous financial support.
Finally, we are very pleased to announce that organization has already commenced for the 2nd NextGenChem@NL symposium, with a new committee, a new location and a new exciting program. Check the website of the event in 2015 and 2016.
The organizing team
Lech Milroy, Anna Hirsch, Paul Kouwer, Ilja Voets, Marta Comellas Aragonès, Melissa Koay
Prof. Bert Meijer (chair of the FMS Research Center and professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology), dedicated a few words to the participants of the symposium during a speech before the dinner. Find below a summary of his message:
‘The world is confronted with many societal challenges where outstanding science and engineering are essential to deliver the most adequate solutions. Many of those should come from the young generation of passionate molecular scientists. In order to fulfil your dreams to contribute to tomorrows world, you have to create your own modus operandi. Where the challenges of the past are solved by the minds of the past, your challenges should be solved the way you think it can be done the best.’
Prof. Bert Meijer