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EC2E2N-1 • Work Package 13

Student-centred activities promoting European scientific citizenship: Summer schools and contests

Updated: 24-02-2013 13:17


Gino Paolucci, Un. Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy.

Eugenio Caponetti, Un. Palermo, Italy


Gino Paolucci, Un. Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy; Eugenio Caponetti, Un. Palermo, Italy; Rita Mazzoni, Un. Bologna, Italy & Young Chemists of Italian Chemical society; Carole Mathe, Un. Avignon et des Pays Vaucluse, France; Leopold Puchinger, Tech. Un. Wien, Austria; Mariano Fajardo Gonzales, Un. Rey Juan Carlos Madrid, Spain; Ioannis Kozaris, Un. Aristotle Thessaloniki, Greece; Christaine Reiners, Un. Koeln, Germany; Christine Cardin, Un. Reading, UK; David Cardin, Un. Reading, UK; Iwona Maciejowska, Un. Jagellonian Krakow, Poland; Malgorzata Zaitz, Jagiellonian University of Krakow and PTCHem, Poland. 

Aim of the group

Organization of the IVth Intensive Summer School on Conservation Science, Teruel, Spain, July 19-30th 2010.

Main Objectives

• Summer school for C and CE students interested in conservation science and in other fields to be suggested (some proposal have been: advanced Physical-chemical techniques for the organometallic chemistry and Interfacing Chemistry and Chemical Engineering)

• Open competition for students (short article, poster, and/or PPT presentation on a given topic) – top 10 attend Summer school, top 4 attend plenary meeting

The Summer Schools on Conservation Science will be organized in different places with the help of the local University and will be dedicated to specific aspects of the conservation science (from the physico-chemical diagnostics to the materials, to the history of the Manu facts, to the restoration phases, etc…) of the various tools (mosaics, glasses, paints, statues, buildings, metals, etc..).

As far as the Summer School 2010 is concerned, we have joint the other organizers of the 4th Intensive Summer School on Conservation Science. (all information are in web page:

4th Intensive School on Conservation Science: Teruel (Aragon, Spain), July 19 to 31, 2010 Organization:

•European Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Education Network
•European Chemistry Thematic Network Association
•Euro Mediterranean Cooperation in Research and Education
•Laser Processing Laboratory, Materials Science Institute of Aragon, Saragoza, Spain

The Intensive Schools on Conservation Science are dealing with the physicochemical aspects of cultural heritage preservation, and mainly addressed to 2nd and 3rd cycle science students, as well as active professionals, wishing to acquire a solid knowledge on the ways natural and material sciences are applied in the safeguarding and authentication of tangible works of art.

A multinational team of experts from Erasmus and Tempus countries are delivering theoretical and hands-on lectures on important aspects of conservation science, covering both basic information and research case studies.

The courses are held in English.

Students have the opportunity to attend specialized online language courses and be accordingly examined (TESPIS examination) & to practice and be assessed in the frame of EChemTest an electronic test aimed at evaluating knowledge and skills in chemistry and conservation science.

The complete programme will be defined as soon as possible.

The organizers have decided to provide a number of grants to students participating to this Intensive School according to the following Scheme:

In the frame of an open contest destined to evaluate communication skills in chemistry and chemical engineering, individual students are asked to submit over internet ( a well defined short article and a poster on a topic of the cultural heritage.

A. A full grant covers

• travelling to/from Teruel for the intensive school
• subsistence
• registration costs

The full grant does not include insurance (health/travel)

B. A partial grant covers

• subsistence
• registration costs

The partial grant does not include any travel costs, nor insurance (health/travel).

Rules of eligibility for an individual grant:

• The student has already filled out all application documents before the deadline of 30th of May and he/she will submit the additional documents specified in the call for papers by 15th of June.
• The student has submitted online the short article and poster.
• The student has sent in a letter of recommendation from his/her supervisor.
• The student has to comply with the lowest possible travel rates.

If the grant has been approved, the student will provide all necessary travel documents (boarding passes, invoices, and proof of payments in original) no later then 10th of August (date of stamp). If the documents are sent later or are incomplete, the grant will be withdrawn.

As far as the second activity of the WG-13, i.e. the organization of the student competitions we divided the activity in two parts:

1) The selection of the students of 2nd and 3rd cycles of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering having interest in the Conservation Science for the grants for the 4th Intensive School on Conservation Science in Teruel (Spain).

2) The project involves a two-step contest (first national then European) to award the best students and young chemists producing media (PowerPoint presentation, video, report, comic strip, etc. posted on the Internet and where possible broadcast by local/national networks) that present to different audiences (elementary schools, high schools, general public) the solutions that chemistry can provide to a contemporary societal issue of their choice (e.g. energy, food, health, water, transportation, new technologies, etc.).

The first step will be at the national level leading to national awards in each of the three categories (media for pupils, students and general public). The targeted public will vote on-line for up to the 5 best productions.

A jury will then select among these productions one product in each category for the next, European step.

The second step will be at the European level in which up to 3 national winning products will be translated into English. The product (original and English versions) will be made accessible by Internet and submitted again to the vote of the targeted public. The final selection will be made according to the same rules, and the 4 winners will be invited (one person for each team) to the EC2E2N Annual Meeting in Bratislava, 19th May 2011.

The European Young Chemists Network will be the main actor at both levels in stimulating the build-up of the local teams and promoting the contest at the national level. They will also be involved at the European level with the active participation of ECTN. The EuCheMS Member Societies will host the national websites. The European website will be managed by ECTN, but linked to national websites.

Involvement of national teaching associations and parent-teacher organisations would be highly welcome.

Period of Activity

start month 7; end month 36



activity report done in Köln.

25.01.2011: Rules of EC2E2N contest (final update - PDF 150 Kb)
28.05.2011: Rules of EC2E2N Contest, very last releases (PDF - 167 Kb)

2011-05, Bratislava Report (PDF)

2012 Final Report (PDF, 18.5Mb)

2012-2013: New Edition of the Student's Contest (PDF, 137Kb), updated but similar rules as published above on 28.05.2011 will be soon released. Please check this space for further notice.