The local section of Nord-Pas de Calais-Picardie section is composed of approximately 170 members, including more than 80 PhD students.
The section demonstrates a great dynamism and has developed scientific events for many years, bringing its action toward young people through the organization of events especially devoted to improve the attractiveness and the image of the chemistry among the younger generations.
The more important scientific event organized by our section, in partnership with the local section of Normandy, is the “Journées Nord Ouest Européennes des Jeunes Chercheurs” (JNOEJC) which occurs each year (even years in Lille and odd years in Normandy). The main goal of these days is to bring together researchers and PhD students, as well as stakeholders in the industrial world. This event is mainly dedicated to young chemists, and aims to provide the opportunity for young PhD students to speak (often for the first time) with the scientific community through posters presentations or oral interventions, to share their knowledge in a user-friendly framework, and discuss about various themes in the different areas of chemistry. A 100 to 150 chemists regularly participate to this event.
The local section has also recently organized a few congress of national-scale:
In 2008, the Nord-Pas de Calais-Picardie section has organized the 24th JIREC (days of innovation and research for the teaching of chemistry) at Ambleteuse. These days have allowed approximately 150 teachers of universities, preparatory classes and secondary high schools to meet and share their learning and professional experiences, to get more success and innovation in the teaching of chemistry.
In 2012, during the international year of chemistry (AIC), the local section of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie participated in the organization of a whole series of events in the region, through the association “Chimie Itinérante”.
In 2013, the local section organized the national meeting “Chimie et Terroir”, in Lens, that had the goal to allow young people to meet scientists, who have at heart to share their passion.
In July 2015, the local section organized the National Congress of the French Chemical Society (SCF’15), with the theme “Chimie et transition énergétique” (Chemistry and Energy transition). This Congress was attended by more than 400 participants, with more than 30 plenary conferences, 150 oral communications and 110 posters.
Always in the aim to develop and promote the chemistry to young researchers, and in particular to the PhD students, the local Young Chemists’ Network has put in place a cycle of seminar presentations intended for the Masters, PhD and post-doctoral students. Contacts with the industrial world have also been taken for the organization of visits of the concerned companies.
The section also subsidizes several events organized every year in the region. All these events have for purpose to promote the chemistry among the younger generations.
The competition of crystal growth has been organized by the Union of Teachers of Physics and Chemistry (UdPPC) in Lille. This competition, born five years ago, is directed towards elementary, middle, high schools and higher education students. The goal is to grow a single crystal from a supersaturated solution of a salt. The aim is therefore to obtain the largest and also the purest single crystal.
The competition “d’Ampère à Volta” has been organized by the “College Marthe Lefebvre” at Saint-Quentin which takes place each year since 6 years. This competition of Sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Technology) is reserved to students in their third year of middle school. The purpose of this competition is to promote science in middle school and to encourage students to scientific orientations.
Several workshops of chemistry with students of first year of high school have been organized, for four years now (2016), at the University of Lille 1 and Valenciennes.
Lastly, since 2016, the local section has decided to create a Thesis Prize. This prize has the aim to reward the work of thesis of several graduate students achieved in the region Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie.
To develop all these events, the Nord-Pas de Calais-Picardie section is based on a great number of research laboratories, located in the different universities of the region (University of Lille 1, Lens, Dunkerque, Valenciennes-Hainaut-Cambrésis, Amiens and Compiègne). It is also supported by the Nord Pas de Calais Union of Chemical Industries. The UIC NPC and its members are very close to the world of education and participate, to the extent possible, to a number of operations aimed at better publicizing the chemical industry regional and its crafts.