CHemistry as INnovative Science

CHAINS is the annual Dutch chemistry conference. It is the event where chemists, from PhD students and postdocs to professors and R&D scientists, in science and industry come together.


Registration for CHAINS2019 is open. Register now!
The deadline for registration is 8 November 2019.


The 7th edition of CHAINS will take place on 10 and 11 December 2019 with a changed format. NWO Domain Science and the Round Table Chemistry find it important to bring together all disciplines from chemistry for more interaction and connecting people and agendas.

Therefore, on 10 and 11 December, two days will be organised with a mixed programme for all chemical disciplines. At the same time there will be enough room for connecting with own communities. As in previous years, CHAINS 2019 offers a platform for young researchers, (inter)national renowned speakers and stakeholders from industry.

Prior to these two days, on the evening of 9 December 2019, there will be ample time for group leaders to reflect on current developments in science and what this means for the chemistry field. During this evening, group leaders can get in touch with NWO, the Round Table Chemistry and the Chemistry working group committees in a group leader meeting. Parallel to the group leader meeting, inspiring speakers will provide master classes for young researchers. The Round Table Chemistry together with the CHAINS Program Committee will organize a stimulating program for this evening including a plenary lecture.

NWO Domain Science organises and sponsors CHAINS, in collaboration with partners KNCV and Holland Chemistry.

More information on the programme will follow shortly!

You can also visit the special CHAINS website.

Programme Committee 2019

  • prof. Katja Loos (RUG; chair)
  • prof. Harry Bitter (WUR)
  • dr. Nettie Buitelaar (Biosana Pharma)
  • prof. Luc Brunsveld (TUE)
  • prof. Jurriaan Huskens (UT)
  • prof. Evert Jan Meijer (UvA)
  • dr. Anja Palmans (TUE)
  • dr. Cristina Paulino (RUG)
  • dr. Wilson Smith (TUD)
  • dr. Riet Hilhorst (PamGene International BV) observing member on behalf  of the KNCV
  • dr. Dirk Slotboom (RUG) observing member on behalf of the Round Table Chemistry

Plenary speakers CHAINS 2019

  • Frances Arnold (Caltech, USA)
  • Lee Cronin (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Craig Hawker (University of California Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Marcel Wubbolts (Corbion, NL)

Keynote speakers CHAINS 2019

  • Ali Alavi (University of Cambridge/MPI for Solid State Research, UK & D) – Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry
  • Alexander Böker (Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, D) – Chemistry of Materials
  • Ineke Braakman (Utrecht University, NL) – Chemistry of Life
  • Marjolein Dijkstra (Utrecht University, NL) – Chemistry of Materials
  • Sophia Haussener (EPFL, CH) – Chemical Conversion
  • Marc Koper (Leiden University, NL) – Chemical Conversion
  • Robert Tampé - (Goethe University Frankfurt, D) – Chemistry of Life
  • Helma Wennemers (ETH Zürich, CH) – Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry

More information

For more information about the conference please contact the organization by e-mail of telephone  0031 70 344 07 50 (Digna Tesink).

Look back at CHAINS2018

On Monday 3, Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 December nearly 1500 scientists gathered in NH Conference Center De Koningshof in Veldhoven to attend the sixth edition of CHAINS. We look back at an inspiring and succesful CHAINS 2018, where communities in chemistry connected. Organised in close cooperation with our partners KNCV, VNCI, Holland Chemistry, and our sponsors. 

Watch the CHAINS after movie 


Team CHAINS2019 bestaat uit: Stephanie Holst, Nadine Mascini, Digna Tesink, Jennifer Schuytvlot, Laura Jansen, Sofia Derossi, Lisette Rooth, Martine Kors, Joost Ballering