Four NWO Chemistry working group committees established

15 November 2018

On 1 December 2018, four Chemistry working group committees are to be established, chaired by Wilhelm Huck, Kitty Nijmeijer, Fred van Leeuwen, and Ilja Voets. The committees will each represent the following four working groups: Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry, Chemical Conversion, Chemistry of Life, and Chemistry of Materials. Through these four working groups, the chemistry research field will be able to contribute to advices towards the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and support in the monitoring of research funded by NWO.

For the complete composition of the working group committees, see here.

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Members are professors at a Dutch university or institute, academic employees (such as associate or assistant professors) at a Dutch university or institute with a permanent contract, senior researchers from industry, academic employees on a temporary appointment at a Dutch university or institute at Vidi level (or equivalent) or higher, and senior researchers employed outside the Netherlands with a particular affinity with the sub-field in the Netherlands.

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From five to four

Based on responses from the research field, it has been shown that it is difficult to define where Methods of Chemistry ends and Fundamentals of Chemistry begins. For this reason the Chemistry Round Table merged these two previously announced working communities into Fundamentals & Methods of Chemistry to create a powerful representation of the foundations of Chemistry.

With this decision the previously registered memberships will be merged. Members of the new merged working group who had signed up for the separate working groups Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry are cordially invited to also join one of the other three working communities (it is allowed to join a maximum of two work communities). The researchers for which this applies will receive a separate reminder.

Connecting chemists

The Chemistry Round Table would like to bring the organization of the chemistry field closer to those of physics and others. The setting up of the working groups will simplify procedures and promote theme-based collaboration with adjacent disciplines. It also means the NWO office will be better able to support the field. “The link between researchers and NWO is essential to ensure that signals in the field are picked up by NWO, and that NWO is able to reach the chemists in the Netherlands,” says the Chemistry Round Table chairman, Bert Weckhuysen. The working groups connect chemists and promote collaboration with adjacent areas of expertise,” adds the vice-chairman, Patricia Dankers.

From study group to working group: since 1956

Since 1956, chemistry activities in the Netherlands have been organized in working groups, which were introduced by the then ‘Stichting SON’. They were later rebranded as study groups. The first working groups in 1956 were Spectroscopy and Protein Research. Following the increase in the number of study groups (fifteen), and in order to be able to better respond to present-day scientific developments, the Chemistry Round Table has decided, after extensive consultations with the research field, to limit the number of working groups. This means the study groups will stop to exist with effect from 1 December 2018. The Chemistry Round Table promotes the formation of communities within chemistry sub-disciplines through the sections of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV). The Chemistry Round Table would like to thank all the past and present boards of the study groups for their dedication and for their enjoyable relationship with NWO in recent years.

Chemistry working groups

After consultations with the research field, the Chemistry Round Table has decided to create the following working groups:

  • Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry
  • Chemical Conversion                              
  • Chemistry of Life
  • Chemistry of Materials                            

The Chemistry Round Table has detailed the area of activity for each working group (Details of Chemistry working groups – area of activity for each working group). Members of the working groups will be kept regularly up to date with information that is relevant to them.

Composition of working group committees

The working groups will be represented by the working group committees. The working group committees will inform and consult with the members of the working group.

Members of the study groups have been asked to nominate candidates for the committees. Based on these nominations from the field, the Chemistry Round Table has found the following researchers willing to chair the new committees for the first three-year period.

The complete composition of the working group committees are shown on the website. The committees will be introduced during CHAINS 2018.

Background information

Chemistry working committee duties, composition, and procedures

Details of Chemistry working groups – area of activity for each working group

For specific working groups and committees:

If you have any questions or comments about the NWO Chemistry Round Table or the working groups, please contact:

  • Marcel Hoek, on tel. +31 (0)30 600 13 82, mob. +31 (0)6 25 43 81 53 |  
  • Mark Schmets, tel. +31 (0)70 344 05 37, mob. +31 (0)6 30 36 92 39 |


Source: NWO