During IUPAC | CHAINS 2023, established names will take the stage, but there is also plenty of room for young chemists to present their work, build their network and prepare for next steps in their career. The Young Program committee shares a bit more about the activities they are organising. 

There is much to look forward to for the young chemists who are participating in IUPAC|CHAINS 2023. Next to the broad range of scientific sessions, a special Young Program is being put together, aimed entirely at connecting young researchers. ‘Where other programs focus mainly on hard science, we focus more on soft skills,’ says Koen van den Helder, co-chair of the Young Program committee. ‘We therefore organise interactive and informal sessions that are very interesting for your career.’  

Three parts  

The Young Program consists of three parts. First, there are workshops that run alongside the regular parallel sessions. These workshops focus on, for example, grant application writing, networking, digital skills and communicating about your research. ‘Relevant and insightful topics that help to make you a better chemist’, says Van den Helder.   

The second activity will be meet & greets with plenary and invited speakers, probably in an interactive Q&A-type setting. Van den Helder: ‘During these sessions, we don’t want to focus on the science, but on the careers of these researchers. What are the choices they have made and what can we learn from those?’ It looks like some big names are going to join in. ‘Many plenary speakers have already agreed to participate, and Ben Feringa would like to pass by. They all cherish the opportunity to interact with the next generation of chemists, so they would love to hear your questions.’  

Finally, the foyer of the Young Program on Wednesday morning is geared towards informal meetings. ‘The exact format is still to be decided’, says Van den Helder. ‘But we are thinking of speed dates with companies, CV checks, that kind of activities. All in a relaxed atmosphere where you can easily establish new contact that can help you along in your career.’  


Van den Helder himself is already looking forward to the big event: ‘I can’t wait until it starts and we can bring all these young researchers together. We have been working towards this with an international team for over a year now, and we hope that the program we have put together will appeal to people.’   

His advice to everyone, but especially to young researchers, is therefore to register and come to The Hague in August. ‘Conferences are always good for your network and you can get lots of great new ideas. And the nice thing is that this time it is much bigger than just CHAINS. Being present at such a big international conference in The Netherlands is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I would grab it.’   


Program online 

Time to start puzzling, because the provisional programme of IUPAC | CHAINS 2023 is now online at www.iupac2023.org/program. So, for those who are curious to know the topics that will be covered during IUPAC | CHAINS 2023, when your favourite plenary speaker will be on stage or which sessions will be organised in your field? Check out the conference website right away.  


Early Bird deadline is approaching  

Not yet registered for IUPAC|CHAINS 2023? Do so before June 2 to benefit from the early bird rate and get a substantial discount on the normal registration fee. And this on top of the discount you already get as a (student) member of the KNCV anyway. So, would you like to attend this international congress full of inspiring speakers, interesting discussions and networking opportunities at the World Forum in The Hague from 20 to 25 August? Then sign up now at www.iupac2023.org/registration