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.

    This course is created by EuChemS under Creative Common licence. The author permits others to copy, distribute or display this content if it is referred as its source for non-commercial purposes and indication to changes of the original material is made. If material is remixed or changed otherwise, it shall be distributed under the same licence as the original.

    This open course "EU infrastructures matter" aims to provide guidance and serve as a navigation tool through the global maze when it comes to:

    • Education (module 1) - What and where to study in the EU?
    • Quality of products and services (module 2) - Do you know what are you buying?
    • Research (module 3) - Where to do cutting edge research in the EU?

    The module "What and where to study in the EU?" includes information about different educational systems that exist across Europe, where to apply for financial support, how to proceed in getting your degree recognised abroad, why it is important to seek knowledge on subjects outside your direct studies, and finally, why and how to enrol in professional associations. It aims at promoting common values, inclusive education and the European dimension of studying and teaching. 

    This module of the course will open on 7 November 2018 and close on 19 December 2018. Two additional openings are planned in 2019. 
    The course will be moderated by Špela Majcen Marušič. Špela holds a MA in International Relations and Diplomacy of the EU from the College of Europe and a BA in European Affairs from the University of Ljubljana and has vast experience with studying in the EU.
    Once you have completed the course, you can request a certificate of participation.
    Click on the title of the course and start exploring studying possibilities in the EU!


    Acknowledgement
    This course has been developed within »Open education for a better world« programme run by UNESCO and Institut »Jožef Stefan« Ljubljana, Slovenia. For all video lectures of this programme klick here.

    Copyright
    This course is created by Nineta Hrastelj under Creative Common licence. The author permits others to copy, distribute or display this content if it is referred as its source for non-commercial purposes and indication to changes of the original material is made. If material is remixed or changed otherwise, it shall be distributed under the same licence as the original.