Welcome

Welcome to this e-Learning platform by EuChemS, the European Chemical Society!

Based in Brussels, Belgium, EuChemS is an umbrella organisation representing Chemical Societies and related organisations from over 30 different countries. We speak for Chemistry at the European level to inform decision-makers in their policymaking work, and help foster a community of chemists through events, networking opportunities and other projects and activities.

On this e-Learning platform, you will find 2 available courses: 'Good Chemistry' and 'Infrastructures'. These two highly interesting topics can be accessed below.

We welcome all feedback on our courses - simply write to: secretariat@euchems.eu

Happy e-Learning!

    Available courses

    The course shall equip the attendants with competences and skills in basic research methodology and its philosophical foundations on the one hand, and in overseeing, understanding, evaluating and assessing contemporary ethical and social issues arising from scientific and technological activity and progress on the other hand. The course is designed and planned in particular for chemistry students and their related fields, requiring no philosophical or ethical background knowledge. The course content is strongly related to the students' daily research activity: Science conduct, logic and theory of science, experimentation, writing publications, dealing with uncertainty, social impact of scientific activity. Applying the fundamentals in philosophy of science and research ethics to the particular conduct of science and its internal and external domains of responsibility is expected to sharpen and solidify the students' awareness for the theory of research practice, their knowledge of ethics and their ability to exploit ethical thinking for the application in the social sphere science and technology as a field of human activity that impacts the quality of life of people all over the planet. As a major field in applied ethics, science and technology ethics touches the domains of bioethics, medical ethics, environmental ethics, profession ethics and business ethics. With the help of countless examples from chemistry, science in general, research, engineering, R&D, etc. in the history of societies worldwide, the students will get a sense for the ethos of science conduct on the one hand, and of the ethical and social implications of S&T on the other hand. While the former is a matter of internal responsibility of individual researchers and their institutions, the latter topic will address risk issues, responsibility for outcome of S&T progress, and the social construction of technology. The overall objective of this course is to contribute to a more "complete" education of young researchers and scientists as important enactors of progress and influential decision-makers in the future. It shall provide them with the skills to reflect on and deal with the major contemporary challenges in society and environment with a higher degree of sustainability.

    Welcome to this massive open online course (MOOC) on 'Infrastructures'. The course is permanently open and you can take it any time you wish. However, if you want to make the most out of it, check the dates when instructors are online and can promptly answer your questions.  Please also note, that once you enrol in this course you must finish it within three months. Once you have completed the course, you can request a certificate of participation.

     

    Acknowledgement.

    This course has been developed within »Open education for a better world« programme run by UNESCO and Institut »Jožef Stefan« Ljubljana, Slovenia http://unesco.ijs.si/launching-open-education-for-a-better-world-mentoring-programme/.