ECTN General Assembly 2022: Registration deadline moved to 15 March

ECTN General Assembly 2022: Registration Open

The ECTN General Assembly will take place on 8 – 9 APRIL 2022 at the Institute for Food Science and Technology, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Buda Campus, Budapest, Hungary.

The meeting website is now open at: 

The registration deadline is March 7 and the payment deadline is March 25.  

There will be an election for EChemTest User Representative on the VEC committee. 

This post is open to any ECTN Member. If you, or someone from your institution, wish to stand for election, please send an e-mail to the election officer, before the deadline of 1st April 2022 The message should provide the name and institution of the nominee, and a very brief (a few lines) account of the EChemTest experience of the nominee. No other formalities are required.

Quoting our President, Sanjiv Prashar:

Despite these difficult times I hope as many of you that can, will join us in Budapest and participate in this vibrant project that we share.

Our network has many aims and objectives but for me the most important goal is the integration of European chemists, be they researchers and/or educators. For this human interaction is by far the most important reagent and although Zoom and Teams have come to our rescue, nothing can replace the in-person warmth and good will that is the essence of our meetings.

These are exciting times for the ECTN. Firstly, our General Assembly will be asked to approve a complete overhaul of the working groups and several new ones will be presented. Members will be invited to participate at all levels. These new groups will cover topics such as lecturer accreditation, Tuning revisited, ECTN digitalization and chemistry in society.

Our three standing committees Labels, Virtual Education Community and Quality Standards in Teaching, have been revamped with new faces that will surely continue and extend the excellent work that is being carried out in the name of the ECTN.

This year we have the good fortune to participate in two projects financed by the Erasmus Plus Programme, namely, STEM Continuous Professional Development at European Universities (STEM-CPD@EUni) and Digital Support in Chemistry Teaching (DISTINCT). Both projects are looking to recruit ECTN members to work and develop different aspects of each project. Presentation at our annual meeting will be made by the respective project coordinators Iwona Maciejowska and Marek Frankowicz

So, exciting times for all. You don’t want to miss out. Register now and I will see you in Budapest where a memorable chemistry reaction will no doubt take place.

Partnership with the new Erasmus+ project DISTINCT

Partnership with the new Erasmus+ project DISTINCT

The ECTN is a partner in a new Erasmus+ project entitled DISTINCT. It is coordinated by the Jagiellonian Universityin Krakow, Poland (Marek Frankowicz).

We are now partners in two Erasmus+ projects, DISTINCT and STEM-CPD@EUni.

Details of the STEM-CPD@EUni project can be found on the ECTN website. Details of the DISTINCT project are given below.

DISTINCT Project File

Project type Educational
Call ERASMUS+ Key Action 2 Partnership for Cooperation 2021
Project number 2021-1-PL01-KA220-HED-000027619
Title of the project Digital Support in Chemistry Teaching (DISTINCT
Number of months 36
Start and End Date 01/11/2021 – 31/10/2024
Project partners 1.      Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland – JU (project leader)

2.      University of Bologna, Italy – UNIBO

3.      Technical University of Vienna, Austria – TUWIEN

4.      Vilnius College, Lithuania – VIKO

5.      University of Latvia, Latvia – LU

6.      European Chemistry Thematic Network Association, Belgium – ECTN

Total budget 340 625 EUR
Project Summary The aim of the project is to support digitalization of European chemical faculties/departments to adjust them to the new post-COVID reality.

Four main strands of activities are planned:

1) Analysis of the situation, creation of a European database of good practices

2) Support for distance learning – lectures and seminars

3) Support for practical education (laboratory classes)

4) Support for school education and training in the chemical sector and development of recommendations for the organization chemical studies in crisis situations.

Instructions, training materials and teaching materials, including multimedia materials, will be developed and disseminated. Recommendations for various target groups will be elaborated. Dissemination activities for institutions outside the consortium (schools, universities, vocational training institutions) will be organized.

Particular attention will be paid to the problem of remote assessment and analysis of learning outcomes to be implemented as part of remote education. Training materials will also take into account issues such as remote work hygiene, “netiquette” (proper online behavior) and problems related to the GDPR and the protection of intellectual property.

Participation in the project of the ECTN ensures its European dimension and guarantees durability of its results. The impact of the project is also ensured by the appropriate consortium composition: the Jagiellonian University and the University of Bologna are members of the Coimbra Group and the UnaEuropa consortium, the University of Latvia belongs to UNICA (a network of universities from the capitals of Europe) and Vilnius College is an active member of EURASHE (European Association of Institutions of Higher Education).

Moreover, the University of Latvia is a coordinator and the Jagiellonian University is a partner in a large ERASMUS + project for the modernization of doctoral studies in Russia, Armenia and Belarus (focused on science, natural and technical studies), hence the results of the DISTINCT project will be also used outside EU countries. The activities carried out under the project will also be correlated with the work of the Polish Sector Skills Council for the Chemical Sector, and the developed recommendations will be made available to accreditation committees and other organizations operating in the field of higher education.


Planned Results and Activities:

Result Leader/


DISTINCT Platform JU/LU 1.1   Development of the DISTINCT platform for collection of cases

1.2   The query on internet resources and analysis of the collected questionnaires

1.3   Investigation of the needs and offers affecting the effectiveness of teaching and learning process

1.4   Mapping/collecting, structuring/classifying good practices and innovative solutions

1.5   Development of self-learning modules

Remote Lecturing Support Toolkit UNIBO/JU 2.1   Definition of the guideline contents

2.2   Identification of key persons (experts) for each content

2.3   Completion of the modules

2.4   Testing and evaluation of the guidelines

2.5   Publication of guidelines

Remote Laboratory Support Toolkit TUWIEN/JU 3.1   Assessing the current laboratory situation

3.2   Re-designing/modifying laboratory

3.3   Assessment of online alternatives

3.4   Possibilities for remote group work

3.5   Grading of practical courses held in remote format

Stakeholders Support & Policy Recommendations ECTN/VIKO 4.1   Recommendations for universities

4.2   Recommendations for chemistry sector

4.3   Recommendations for schools

4.4   Multiplier events

4.5   Creation of DISTINCT Community of Practice


We will have the kick-off meeting ONLINE on 2 February 2022, to which all ECTN Members are invited to attend. A link for attending the meeting will be sent to all ECTN Members.

The agenda:

Open session (we can invite persons from the outside of our consortium, to inform them on our project):
10:00 – 10:30 Opening session
10:30 – 12:00 Presentation of partner institutions (15 minutes/partner)
12:00 – 12:15 Break
12:15 – 13:15 Presentation of planned activities (15 minutes/result: R1 – JU, R2 – UNIBO, R3 – TUWIEN, R4 – ECTN)

Restricted session (only for DISTINCT participants):
14:00 – 15:00 Administrative & financial issues
15:00 – 15:30 Work Plan for February – June 2022