In 2018, around 2000 chemists participated at the 7th EuChemS Chemistry Congress in Liverpool (UK). The European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN), the early career division of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS), organised one of the symposium of the conference. The programme, designed by and for young chemists, was perfectly tailored to meet the interests and needs of early career scientists in Europe. The EYCN programme was a great success, and many prestigious chemists and personalities attended the event. The sessions featured extraordinary panels of speakers from both academia and industry, as well as a pool of speakers from other alternative career paths such as education, science advocacy, science communication, and project management.
For the 8th edition, the main goal of the EYCN is to strengthen the collaboration with the chemical Industries, and enhance the interactivity with companies at congresses such as the 8ECC. The EYCN would like to organize a Company challenge for Master and PhD students, as well as Post-Doctoral researchers to train them and highlight the importance of teamwork, creativity, innovation, communication, resilience and problem solving, while also sharing ideas and fostering fruitful collaborations and discussions. For the ‘Company challenge’, each company propose one challenge or problem to be solved by the young attendees. The participants will be divided into teams of 4 to 6 people, selected by the EYCN organising committee on Sunday 30/08/2020 at 4.00 pm during the EYCN networking event. Then, each team will be coached by one (or more) person (people) from the company that proposed the challenge during the entire congress.
Each company coaching a team will provide tutorials (basic knowledge on the subject, patent search tips, organization of the best ideas) and advice during the free slots (lunches, poster sessions, etc.) throughout the congress, by attending and participating in courses and by talking at their booth with the team they coach. The participants of the challenge will work according to their own schedule, for the development and validation of their ideas through hypothesis and creation, where possible, of a prototype. Once they have found a good solution for the challenge they have to create a pitch (video, demonstrator, or presentation) that must be presented (8 minutes max each) in front of a committee, on Thursday (03/09/2020) morning (from 9.15 to 12.30 am), in a fully dedicated session. The committee, which will include all the companies and three (3) external members, will announce the winner of each challenge and give the prizes.
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