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.

COVID19 DECONFINEMENT (update 09 July 2020)

Following a section committee meeting on 7 July 2020 and the continuing relaxation of COVID19 restrictions in Belgium, the section is making plans to revitalise our programme of events for the second half of the year.

The new programme of events is outlined below. We very much hope that the evolution of the COVID19 situation in Belgium and surrounding states continues in a positive direction and that our plans come to fruition. In any case we are investigating how we might be able to enable access to events, in particular our planned talks, over the internet for those members and friends unable or unwilling to attend meetings in person or if the situation deteriorates again.

We will keep you informed of developments and look forward to resuming our activities 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
Saturday 12 September 2020 - Social event and Fundraiser for the Norman Lloyd Scholarships
An afternoon BBQ/ picnic event is planned to support our Norman Lloyd scholarships at Cardiff University. Details to be confirmed soon.

Thursday 24 September 2020 – Prof David Cole-Hamilton, University of St. Andrews
We are planning for our first 'post-COVID' lecture of 2020 to be with Prof Cole-Hamilton who will return to Belgium to talk about element scarcity. The event will also be the prize-giving ceremony for our 2020 Chemistry Challenge competition for school students. (Venue: UCLouvain Woluwe campus TBC).

Saturday 3 October 2020 - A celebration of Kekule - Prof Pierre de Clercq, Ghent University
On 3 October we are planning a trip to Ghent. The provisional programme is to meet at the Chemistry Dept of Ghent University in the morning where we will be given a talk by Pierre de Clercq on the life and work of Kekule during his time at Ghent and his insights on the structure of benzene. We will then move to the centre of  Ghent to visit the area where Kekule lived (and dreamed of benzene) and where our RSC Landmark is now situated. We will then go to lunch at an appropriate venue. (Exact timing and details TBC)

Thursday 29 October 2020 – Brigitte van Tiggelen, Universite Catholique de Louvain 
At the end of October, 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: UCLouvain Woluwe campus TBC).

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 to give us an update on his work on the Origins and Evolution of Life. (Venue and date TBC).

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.