RSC Belgium Forthcoming Events

This page acts as a handy aide-memoire for forthcoming RSC Belgium events and activities. We also post information on interesting events notified to us by colleagues in the Belgian chemical community. Unless otherwise stated most RSC Belgium events are 7:30pm for a prompt 7:45pm lecture/ talk start.


Our forthcoming programme of events is outlined below. We very much hope that the evolution of the COVID19 situation in Belgium and surrounding states will continue in a positive direction and that our plans come to fruition. However, we will respond and adapt our programme as the situation evolves and may need to make changes to events at short notice.

We will keep you informed of developments and look forward to seeing you at one of our events in the near future. In the meantime, we hope that you remain safe and healthy. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information or have ideas for possible events.

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2020 Programme
Thursday 24 September 2020 – Prof David Cole-Hamilton, University of St. Andrews
On the evening of Thursday 24 September from 19h30 RSC Belgium will be presenting its first webinar event. The subject will be ‘Elements in Danger’ and our speaker will be Professor David Cole-Hamilton, Past President of the European Chemical Society and Irvine Professor of Chemistry at the University of St. Andrews.

As part of their contribution to the International Year of the Periodic Table, the European Chemical Society produced a new Periodic Table.

It is an amazing thought that everything we see, touch, and smell is made up of only 90 building blocks: the 90 naturally occurring chemical elements. The new periodic table only displays those 90 elements + technetium and promethium.

The area occupied by each element relates to its abundance in the earth’s crust and in the atmosphere (on a log scale) and the colour indicates how long we shall be able to use these elements if we carry on as we are. Four elements are coloured black because they can come from mines where wars are fought over mineral rights.

31 of the elements are used in making smartphones (indicated by a phone symbol). All four conflict minerals are included amongst the elements in a phone and six will be dissipated within less than 100 years unless we do something.

Prof Cole-Hamilton will present the new Periodic Table and selected elements will be discussed with a view to understanding how we can continue to have the lifestyle we have and protect the 90 vital elements that make up our beautiful and diverse planet.

In addition to Prof Cole-Hamilton’s talk, the evening will also see the announcement of the prize winners for the RSC Belgium Chemistry Challenge 2020 and this year’s winner of the coveted Keith Price Award.

Early November 2020 – Brigitte van Tiggelen, Universite Catholique de Louvain 
Early in November (details TBC), Prof van Tiggelen will be talking to us about 'Women in Science' and in particular chemistry. Brigitte is joint editor of a recent significant book on the subject 'Women in their Element' that traces the contributions of women to shaping the chemical sciences and the evolution of the Periodic Table. (Venue: Webinar).

Late November 2020 – Prof. Nick Lane, University College London
Following a very well received talk in 2014, we hope to welcome Nick Lane back to Belgium in November (details TBC) to give us an update on his work on the Origins and Evolution of Life. (Venue: webinar).

2021 Programme

January 2021 - RSC Belgium Annual General Meeting

February 2021 - A Cafe Chimique on The Future of Urban Transport Systems

Watch out for more events soon!

More information on RSC Belgium
You can also find out about RSC Belgium activities via our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter! To get in contact with the section for more details of forthcoming events, or if you have an idea for a future event, please contact the section via the RSC Belgium email address.

** Indicates an event not organised by RSC Belgium.