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.

Save the date CHAINS 2020:
8 & 9 December 2020

For the submission of abstracts, registration and more information please visit

Plenary speakers CHAINS 2020

  • Berend Smit (EPFL/Berkely, CH, USA)
  • Caroline Ross (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Craig Crews (Yale, USA)

Keynote speakers CHAINS 2020

  • Celia Fonseca Guerra (VU University, NL) – Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry
  • Kitty Nijmeijer (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL) – Chemistry of Materials
  • Laura Kiessling (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) – Chemistry of Life
  • Martin Jinek (University of Zurich, CH) – Chemistry of Life
  • Patricia Dankers (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL) – Chemistry of Materials
  • Regina Palkovits (RWTH Aachen University, DE) – Chemical Conversion
  • Ron Heeren  (Maastricht University, NL) – Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry
  • Stefan Kaskel (Technische Universität Dresden, DE) – Chemical Conversion

Programme committee CHAINS 2020

  • prof. Titia Sixma (NKI, chair)
  • prof. Katja Loos (RUG)
  • prof. Anja Palmans (TU/e)
  • prof. Evert Jan Meijer (UvA)
  • prof. Alexandre Bonvin (UU)
  • prof. Leon Lefferts (UT)
  • dr. Maurien Olsthoorn (DSM)
  • dr. Stefania Grecea (UvA)
  • dr. Daan Swarts (WUR)
  • dr. Ruud Kortlever (TUD)

Look back at CHAINS 2019

On Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 December the seventh edition of CHAINS took place in Veldhoven. Almost 1600 scientists gathered for a Mix & Match programme with 4 tracks, 4 plenary speakers, 8 keynote speakers, 140 parallel sessions, ca. 460 posters, 20 focus sessions, 22 sponsors and much more. NWO Round Table Chemistry organised a Group Leader meeting on Monday evening 9 December.

Watch the CHAINS after movie

More information

For more information about the conference please visit the CHAINS website or contact the organisation by email.


Team CHAINS 2020 consists of: Ralf Boland, Digna Tesink, Stephanie Holst, Stefan Brandt, Stephan van Duren, Hans Peter van der Lit, Laura Jansen, Martine Kors and Vera Meester