chitin society

What is chitin?

Chitin is a polysaccharide found in the outer skeleton of insects, crabs, shrimps, and lobsters and in the internal structures of other invertebrates. Chitin is composed of ß(1-4) linked units of the amino sugar N-acetyl-glucosamine, and is the main source of production of chitosan, which is used in a number of applications, such as a flocculating agent, a wound healing agent, a sizing and strengthening agent for paper, and a delivery vehicle for pharmaceuticals and genes.

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What is EUCHIS?

The European Chitin Society (EUCHIS) is a non-profit organisation which objectives are to:
• Encourage basic and applied scientific studies of all aspects of chitin, including chitosan and derivatives of chitin and chitosan, and related enzymes,

The statutes of the European Chitin Society

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What are the Objectives of The European Chitin Society

Encourage basic and applied scientific studies of all aspects of chitin, including chitosan and derivatives of chitin and chitosan, and related enzymes


Aid the dissemination of such studies through the organisation of symposia, workshops, congress or any other form of assembly, primarily in Europe.


Encourage and facilitate exchanges between European scientists working in the field of chitin.


Formulate recommendations and guidelines in the fields of standardisation and nomenclature.


Develop links with other societies having similar or related interests.


Travel Awards for EUCHIS Conferences

Call for Travel Awards for ICCC 13th /12th EUCHIS Conference

August 30th – September 2nd – Münster, Germany

1. Travel Awards are intended to enable doctoral students members of EUCHIS, regardless of their country of origin, to attend the biannual EUCHIS conferences.

2. A total of eight Travel Awards of 200 euro each will be offered.

3. The deadline to submit applications will close on 12th June 2015.

4. The Local Organizing Committee of the Conference will waive the registration fee of the EUCHIS Conference to the recipients of a Travel Award.

5. Requirements and documents :

i. A letter of application written by the student explaining the motivation to attend the EUCHIS conference

ii. PhD students who are members of EUCHIS already at the time of publishing the Call and updated in the payment of their membership fees will be eligible to apply for a Travel Award. In case of students who are not members of EUCHIS and who want to apply, they will have to sign in as members for at least for two years of membership and make the corresponding payment.

iii. Proof of being a registered student in a PhD Program of an academic institution at the time of the application

iv. Recommendation letter from the direct PhD supervisor stating that if the Travel Award is granted it will be used to co-finance the attendance to the Conference.

v. Proof of submission of an Abstract of a paper to be presented at the conference and copy of the Abstract.

vi. The application documents will be sent to the President of the Directive Board of EUCHIS: Prof. Angeles Heras Caballero (aheras@farm.ucm.es).

6. The applications will be evaluated by an ad-hoc Evaluation Committee appointed by the President of EUCHIS comprised by members of the International Advisory Committee of the Conference.

7. To decide on the candidates who will be granted a Travel Awards the Evaluation Committee will take into account the following criteria:

a. Compliance with the eligibility criteria and submitted required documents stated in 5.

b. To decide on the recipients of Travel Awards, the commission will rank the applications considering the letter of motivation, the scientific quality of the Abstract and the recommendation letter of the supervisor. The granted Travel Awards will also seek to widen as much as possible the geographic as well as the thematic representation in the Conference.

8. The Evaluation Committee will work independently and will communicate their decision by written to the President of EUCHIS within one month after the deadline of submission of Travel Awards applications.

9. The President of EUCHIS will notify the Awardees about the decision.

10. The following documents are required by EUCHIS Treasurer to make effective the payment of the Travel Award during the days of the conference:

a. Signed receipt from the Awardee after receiving the award money

11. The concession of a Travel Award from EUCHIS must be acknowledged in the presented Poster/Talk as well as in the paper for the book of proceedings.

12. Within a month after the Conference, the Awardees will have to submit a one A4 page with a photograph, a short biographical sketch including a short description of their research work and a ca. 500 words essay of their experience in the Conference. This will be published in the next issue EUCHIS Newsletter.

Poster Awards for EUCHIS Conferences

The European Chitin Society provides poster awards for the posters presented at the EUCHIS meetings since 2006.

The applications will be evaluated by the award committee. The following criteria with respect to the poster presentation will be evaluated:

1. Scientific quality
2. Quality, structure and organization of the poster presentation

The awards will be announced at the closing ceremony of the conference, and the award will subsequently be sent to the presenting author of the poster presentation. It is the responsibility of the authors of the awarded poster to reach an agreement on dividing the awarded money among the authors.

A summary of the awarded poster presentation together with a brief personal profile (including a photograph of the winner) are to be submitted by each prize winner to the EUCHIS secretary for publication in the EUCHIS Newsletter.

Posters awarded at the 10th ICCC/7th EUCHIS
Posters awarded at the 8th EUCHIS conference (2007)
Posters awarded at the 9th EUCHIS conference (2009)
Posters awarded at the 10th EUCHIS conference (2011)
Posters awarded at the 11th EUCHIS conference (2013)

EUCHIS Rules for the Braconnot Prize

To be awarded during the ICCC/EUCHIS 2015 conference

Deadline for submission of applications – 30 April 2015

  1. The Braconnot Prize is awarded for outstanding contributions and achievements in chitin science and for special merits in the promotion of EUCHIS.
  2. The Braconnot Prize consists of a certificate with the name of the recipient and a cheque.
  3. The Braconnot Prize is awarded every two years during the regular scientific meetings of the EUCHIS.
  4. The recipient of the Braconnot award must be no more than 36 years old during the year of the award.
  5. Every member of EUCHIS has the right to suggest an awardee to the President of the committee at any time. This suggestion must be accompanied in written form by a C.V. of the candidate, an abstract (max. 3 pages) of a thesis or publication, and a letter with arguments why the suggested candidate should be eligible for the Braconnot Prize. Candidates may not suggest themselves.
  6. The recipient of the Braconnot Prize will be selected by a committee consisting of the President of EUCHIS together with four of the EUCHIS board members selected by the President.
  7. The applicant must be a member of the EUCHIS.
  8. The committee selects the recipient of the Braconnot Prize on the basis of the doctoral/PhD thesis which has been published in an international, peer-reviewed journal in the last three years (the applicant must be the first author of the paper), and which is also announced in the EUCHIS Newsletter. The selection of the recipient by the committee is non-debatable. The Braconnot Prize may be shared by not more than two recipients.
  9. The supervisor of the thesis of a candidate who has been shorlisted may not be a member of the committee.
  10. In case of lack of funds or when no suitable candidate can be found, the Braconnot Prize may be cancelled for a particular year.
  11. As part of the award, the registration fee of the winner will be waived and travel expenses will be paid in order that the winner can attend the meeting. In return, the winner has to deliver the “Braconnot lecture” based around the topic of his/her thesis and publications to date.
    The monetary part of the Braconnot Prize would only be given if the winner attended the meeting and delivered the lecture. Failure to do so would not prevent him/her being named as the winner but would not receive the prize money.
  12. Amendments and further details of the rules are determined by the committee.
  13. These rules are a part of the Statutes of The European Chitin Society.

Previous winners of the Braconnot Prize

Board

Angeles Heras

President

Instituto de Estudios Biofuncionales
Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad Complutense
Paseo de Juan XXIII, n.º 1, 28040 Madrid, Spain
aheras@farm.ucm.es

Olav Smidsrød

Honorary President

Norwegian Biopolymer Lab.
Dep. of Biotechnology
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
N-7491 Trondheim, Norway

Malgorzata Jaworska

Vice President

Faculty of Chemical and Process Eng.,
Warsaw University of Technology, ul.
Warynskiego 1, 00-645 Warsaw, Poland
M.Jaworska@ichip.pw.edu.pl

Manuela E. Pintado

Vice President

Universidad Católica Portuguesa
Escola Superior de Biotecnologia
Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida
4200-072 Porto, Portugal
mpintado@porto.ucp.pt

Jacques Desbrieres

Secretary

IPREM
Helioparc Pau Pyrenées – 2 Avenue P. Angot
64053 PAU Cedex 09, France
jacques.desbrieres@univ-pau.fr

Svetlana Bratskaya

Assistant Secretary

Institute of Chemistry FEBRAS
159, ave 100-letiya Vladivostoka
Vladivostok 690022, Russia
s.bratskaya@gmail.com
s.bratskaya@gmail.com

Francisco M. Goycoolea

Treasurer

Westfalian Wilhelm’s University Münster
IBBP
Schloßgarten 3, 48143 Münster, Germany
goycoole@uni-muenster.de

Laurent David

Assistant Treasurer

Laboratoire des Matériaux Polymères et des Biomatériaux
Université Claude Bernard – Lyon 1
Villeurbanne cedex, France
laurent.david@univ-lyon1.fr

Carla Caramella

Board Member

Department of Drug Sciences
Viale Taramelli, 12
27100 Pavia, Italy

Hakan Eroglu

Board Member

Department of Pharmaceutical Technology
Faculty of Pharmacy, Hacettepe University
06100 Sihhiye Ankara, Turkey

Francisca Cabrera Escribano

Board Member

Departamento de Química Orgánica
Facultad de Química
Universidad de Sevilla
C/ Profesor García González, 1
E-41012-Sevilla, Spain

Katja Heppe-Richter

Board Member

Heppe Medical Chitosan GmbH
Heinrich-Damerow-Str. 1
D-06120 Halle/S. Germany

Verena Seidl-Seiboth

Board Member

Research Area Gene Technology and Applied Biochemistry
Institute of Chemical Engineering
Vienna University of Technology
Vienna, Austria

Valery Varlamov

Board Member

Centre Bioengineering RAS
60-Letiya Oktyabrya av., 7/1
117312 Moscow, Russia

Susana Vilchez

Board Member

IQAC-CSIC
Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia
Spanish Research Council
Jordi Girona 18-26,
08034 Barcelona, Spain

Bruno M. Moerschbacher

Ad-hoc member

Westfalian Wilhelm’s University Münster
IBBP
Schloßplatz 8, 48143 Münster

Advances in Chitin Science

This series of chitin proceedings books was initiated in 1996 following the 1st International Conference of the European Chitin Society, and since then 13 Volumes have been published.

Volume I. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of the European Chitin Society. Edited by A. Domard, C. Jeauniaux, R. Muzzarelli & G. Roberts. Jacques Andre Publisher, 1996, Lyon. ISBN 2-907922-40-8.

Volume II. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Chitin & Chitosan and 2nd International Conference of the European Chitin Society. Edited by A. Domard, G. A.F. Roberts & K.M. Vårum. Jacques Andre Publisher, 1998, Lyon. ISBN 2-907922-57-2.

Volume III. Proceedings of the 3rd Asia Pacific Chitin and Chitosan Symposium. Edited by R.H. Chen & H.C. Chen. The National Taiwan Ocean University, 1999, Taiwan.

Volume IV. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference of the European Chitin Society. Edited by M.G. Peter, A. Domard & R.A.A. Muzzarelli. Universitat Potsdam, 2000, Potsdam. ISBN 3-9806494-5-8.

Volume V. Proceedings of the 5th Asia Pacific Chitin and Chitosan Symposium. Edited by K. Suchiva, S. Chandrkrachang, P. Methacanon & M.G. Peter. 2003, National Metals and Materials Center, Bangkok. ISBN 974-229412-7.

Volume VI. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of the European Chitin Society. Edited by K.M. Vårum, A. Domard & O. Smidsrød. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2003, Trondheim. ISBN 82-471-5901-5. ::read more

Volume VII. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Chitin & Chitosan. Edited by I. Boucher, K. Jamieson & A. Retnakaran. 2004, Montreal.

Volume VIII. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of the European Chitin Society. Edited by H. Struszczyk, M. G. Peter, A. Domard & H. Pospieszny. 2005, Institute of Plant Protection, Poznan. ISBN 83-89867-25-7.

Volume IX. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Chitin & Chitosan and 7th International Conference of the European Chitin Society. Edited by A. Domard, E. Guibal & K. M. Vårum. 2007, Montpellier (as CD-ROM) For more information contact: Eric.Guibal@ema.fr

Volume X. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the European Chitin Society. Edited by S. Senel, K.M. Vårum, M.M. Sumnu, A.A. Hincal. 2007, Antalya. ISBN 978-975-491-250-0.

Volume XI. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the European Chitin Society. Edited by F. Rustichelli, C. Caramella, S. Senel, K.M. Vårum. 2009, Venice (PDF).

Volume XII. Proceedings of the 5th Iberoamerican Chitin Society. Edited by T.T. Franco and M.G. Peter. 2010. School of Chemical Engineering, University of Campinas, Brazil. ISBN 978-85-64131-00-2 (on CD).

Volume XIII. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the European Chitin Society. Edited by Valery Varlamov, Svetlana Bratskaya, Irina Yakovleva, Sevda Senel. Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 2011. ISBN 978-5-4253-0133-8. (Link)

Membership Info

What are the benefits of beeing a member of The European Chitin Society?

As a member of The European Chitin Society you will:

  • recieve, at no extra cost, two issues per year of the Society’s newsletter or free access to the members Internet page, containing information on relevant scientific meetings, abstracts of chitin-related publications, short reviews, letters, and other information likely to be of interest for chitin research workers;
  • receive reduced registration fees for conferences organized by the Society,
  • recieve announcements of new European Community research programmes and, if re-quested, help in finding partners for joint research projects;
  • be eligible for the award of the Braconnot prize for outstanding research in the field of chitin.

 

What classes of memberships are there and what does each cost?

The annual membership fee is due in Euro only. Annual membership is always from January 1st – December 31st each year and the annual fee for the complete year is due regardless of the day of entry.

If you are interested in the European Chitin Society please fill out the form below and transfer the membership fee with using one of the options:

    • Active member: a national of any European state who is qualified by their interest and competence in the field of chitin: EURO 35.-.
    • Associate member: any person qualified by their interest and competence in the field of chitin but who is not a national of a European state: EURO 30.-.
    • Student member (either Active or Associate depending on nationality): on providing proof of student status and for two years after completing academic education: EURO 16.-.
    • Collective member: societies, companies or other organisations in Europe: EURO 180.-.
    • Donor member (Active) (not open to students): single payment of 10 times the regular annual fee. This guarantees lifetime membership to Actives and Accosciates, and 15 years membership to Collective members.
    • Donor member (Associate) (not open to students): single payment of 10 times the regular annual fee. This guarantees lifetime membership to Actives and Accosciates, and 15 years membership to Collective members.
    • Donor member (Collective) (not open to students): single payment of 10 times the regular annual fee. This guarantees lifetime membership to Actives and Accosciates, and 15 years membership to Collective members.

 

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