Nuno and I quickly bounced ideas and agreed that both his blog “YourFormula” and the news magazine Chemistry International could mutually benefit from cross coverage: his bloggers will gain a different audience and CI readers will be enticed to further review the blog content. We also concurred on the desire to sustain the participation of the young chemists who attended the WCLM and to provide a broader and complementary audience including the YourFormula blog and the more traditional channel offered through CI. A plan was quickly devised that will highlight the views of younger generations on sustainability matters, and feature blog posts from the YourFormula community in issues of Chemistry International.
In the first account, presented in this issue, David Dupont, a graduate student from the University of Leuven in Belgium, reviews how urban mining counts significantly towards recycling e-waste. His short write-up here in CI derives from his earlier blog post which awaits your comments at www.yourformula.eu/internalposts/lets-not-waste-our-e-waste.
A second feature of international relevance and certainly of great interest to all younger and senior scientists, is the account on page 5 of the activities of IUPAC Committee on Chemistry Research Funding (CCRF). CCRF initiatives are to facilitate international research projects by working with several national funding agencies to coordinate a joint submission and evaluation process. As the second call initiated back in 2012 has recently announced seven funded projects, Markus Behnke et al. take a step back and review the short but successful accomplishment of this program and allude to its future.
Comments, suggestions, and ideas, on past and future CI content are welcome and appreciated.
PS: Several surveys are being drafted by various IUPAC task groups, covering a wide range of topics, including the definition of the mole, the use of iupac.org, the ins and outs of the Company Associates program, and strategic issues. Please be on the lookout for these, and thanks in advance for your feedback.
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