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. Why not bookmark this page to ensure you know what is happening and when?

2018 Programme

15 September 2018 - Trip to Duvel Brewery in Puurs
On Saturday 15 September we will be visiting the Duvel Moortgat Brewery with a guided tour in English starting at 11h00 prompt, so our group should aim to get there for 10h45. The brewery tour will last around two hours and will include a welcome from our professional guide, an introductory film, the tour of the brewery, an introduction to beer pouring and two free drinks, and a special gift.

We have booked the tour for 20 people and the cost is €10 per person paid upfront via bank transfer to the RSCBelgium bank account. The places will be taken on a first paid, first come basis, so no payment means no places will be reserved. More information on the Duvel Brewery tour here.

20 September 2018 - Chemistry and the future of life on Earth - British School of Brussels
On Thursday 20 September we will welcome Prof David Cole-Hamilton of St Andrews University and current vice-president of EuCheMS, the European Chemical Society, who will describe some of the major problems facing the world and what Chemistry can do / is doing to alleviate them.

The future of life on earth is threatened by a whole range of potential problems, many of them man-made. They range from ones that have been around since biblical times such as famine, pestilence, disease and war to the more modern ones of pollution of the land seas and sky, depletion of natural resources and the population explosion. In this lecture the role of chemistry in combating all of these problems will be discussed

This evening will also host the prize giving for our annual Chemistry Challenge for school students. Please note this event will start a little earlier than normal 19h15 for a prompt 19h30 start. More details to be provided soon.

24 - 25 September 2018 - A Celebration of Organic Chemistry**
On Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 September 2018, influential researchers from across Europe and the US will gather in at the UCB Pharma's site at Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium to present a series of lectures on the latest developments in the field of organic chemistry. This event, jointly organised by SCI’s Fine Chemicals Group and UCB, will celebrate the best of modern organic chemistry and will focus on the development of new methodology which enable the synthesis of complex molecules. The meeting will also provide a platform for early career researchers to share their vision for the future of organic chemistry. More details on the event and registration can be found here.

17 October 2018 - Kind of Blue - St Johns International School (tbc)
On the evening of Wednesday 17 October, the section will welcome Prof David Dobson, professor of Earth Materials at University College London. David has also recently spent a year as 'scientist in residence' at the Slade School of Art in London. His talk will combine aspects of both art and science and focus on the colour blue.

The colour blue has been the rarest and most expensive pigment, for centuries reserved  for emperors and gods. Even today modern blue pigments command a premium and finding a good all-round blue is an ongoing area of research.  Blue minerals are very rare - the commonest colour-producing element, iron, normally makes greens, yellow and reds. As a consequence, this was the available pallet for most of human history, but with increased travel in the late Middle Ages and the development of synthetic technologies at various times in our history blue became available to the richest patrons. Prof Dobson will discuss the history and technology of blue pigments in western art, from pre-roman to 21st century and describe his work to develop a new blue from the mineral structures which exist 500km deep beneath our feet.

More events to be announced 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.