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.

CHAINS 2018: Connecting chemistry communities

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 

National and international top speakers gave plenary and keynote lectures and there were over 180 parallel lectures and 450 poster presentations. Participants had the opportunity to speed date with one of the industrial partners or with an NWO policy officer. In the main hall the sponsors’ stands could be visited and a new pitch podium was available: The spotlight is on! Holland Chemistry Innovation Plaza staged several pitches and focus sessions.

Pascal Jonkheijm received the KNCV Gold Medal and gave his lecture entitled: Chemical strategies for cell-instructive biointerfaces.

On the plenary day the award ceremony took place with three prestigious chemistry prizes.

The NWO Athena Prize was awarded to two winners for the first time: Marie-Eve Aubin-Tam and Monique van der Veen for their scientific work and their active efforts to change tenure-track policy for parents at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and other Dutch universities.

Sponsh won the Gouden KIEM for best chemical startup for their temperature-sensitive textile that produces water from the air. Their technology provides a new way of supplying water in dry coastal areas in particular.

Meet Sponsh in a short video

Team Beads vs. Beats won Holland Chemistry Student Competition 2018. Beads v. Beats have developed a new material for a better and more efficient insulation against low-frequency noise: a metafoam.

Meet Beads vs Beats in a short video

After this ceremony plenary speaker Pieternel Levelt (KNMI, Delft University of Technology) gave the after-dinner lecture on air quality from space: indicator of human activity.

Winners of the poster prizes were: Florian Lucas (RUG), Gabriela Arias Alpizar (UL), Danny Satoe (University of Washington) and Shidong Song (TU/e) and Saurabh Soni (RUG), Anne-Eva Nieuwelink (UU), Benjamin Klemm (TUD) and Ilse Denekamp (UvA).

On 5 December, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Mona Keijzer launched a new innovation programme: GoChem.

NWO Domain Science organises and sponsors CHAINS, in collaboration with partners KNCV - Royal Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) and Holland Chemistry and sponsors.


The next edition will take place on Monday 9, Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 December 2019.


Take a look at a photo impression of day 1. Day 2 and 3 will follow soon on the CHAINS website.