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

Please follow this link (PDF) to read the statutes (last updated 2017/06/02).

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What are the Objectives of The European Chitin Society

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


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.


Develop links with other societies having similar or related interests.


Forthcoming events

14th International Conference of the European Chitin Society
EUCHIS’19
Cork, Ireland
July 29th – August 2nd, 2019
with Industrial Companies Meeting, July, 29th
and
Young Researchers Symposium, August 2nd
URL: http://www.14euchisconf.org/

Travel Awards for EUCHIS Conferences

Travel Awards
EUCHIS’19, Cork, Ireland
Call for Application
1. Travel Awards are intended to enable doctoral student members of EUCHIS, regardless of their country of origin, to present their work in EUCHIS conferences, including Young Researchers Symposia.
2. Student Membership must be active for a minimum of two years (2018 and 2019). Applicants registering for membership in 2019 shall pay a two-year student membership subscription (32,00 EURO).
3. The Deadline for Applications is January 31, 2019
4. Awards will cover the following expenses:

    • Air and/or train ticket from nearest airport/train station of city of origin to Dublin. Travelling by car/ferry cannot be supported.
    • Conference registration fee.
    • Accommodation in student hall of Cork University for a maximum of four nights.

5. Applications must be sent (Deadline January 31, 2019) by e-mail, ideally as one ZIP file, virus scanned, to the President (moersch@uni-muenster.de) AND to the Secretary (martin.peter@uni-potsdam.de), with the following documents enclosed

    • full name, address (residential and institutional), contact (e-mail), short C.V.
    • letter of application explaining the motivation to attend the EUCHIS conference
    • supporting letter of PhD supervisor
    • list of publications, if any
    • abstract of presentation to be submitted
    • copy of student ID AND national ID (Schengen only) or passport (non-Schengen country)
    • anticipated travel itinerary, estimation of the expenses
    • declaration of commitment to accept and observe the statutes of EUCHIS
    • declaration of acceptance of the conditions of the travel award, as specified in items 1, 2, and 8.

6. All applications are evaluated by the Board of Directors of EUCHIS.
7. All applicants will be notified about the results by March 15, 2019.
8. For successful applicants, EUCHIS will handle purchase of tickets, booking of accommodation, and payment of registration fee. Reimbursement for expenses paid by the award-winner is not possible.
9. The concession of a Travel Award from EUCHIS (“The European Chitin Society”) must be acknowledged in the presented Poster/Talk as well as in any resulting publication in Proceedings or Scientific Journals. Within a month after the Conference, the award-winner must submit a one A4 page with a portrait photo, 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.
10. EUCHIS reserves the right to reject applications without justification.

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)
Posters awarded at the 12th EUCHIS conference / 13th ICCC (2015)
Posters awarded at the 13th EUCHIS conference / 8th SIAQ (2017)


EUCHIS Rules for the Braconnot Prize

Previous winners of the Braconnot Prize

To be awarded during the next EUCHIS conference
Deadline for submission of applications – will be updated in the lead-up to the next conference

  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.

Board

Bruno M. Moerschbacher


President
Westfalian Wilhelm’s University Münster
IBBP
Schloßplatz 8, 48149 Münster
moersch@uni-muenster.de
Germany
 

Inmaculada Aranaz Corral


Vice President
Complutense University
Biofunctional Research Studies Institute
Paseo de Juan XXIII, nº 1
ES-28040 Madrid
Spain

iaranaz@ucm.es

 

Svetlana Bratskaya


Vice President
Institut of Chemistry FEBRAS
Laboratory of Sorbtion Processes
159, ave 100-letiya Vladivostoka
RU-690022 Vladivostok
Russia
s.bratskaya@gmail.com

Martin G. Peter


Secretary
Universität Potsdam
Institut für Organische Chemie
Residence: Küdinghovenerstr. 31
D-53227 Bonn
Germany
Martin.Peter@uni-potsdam.de

Thierry Delair


Assistant Secretary
Université Lyon 1
IMP/LMPB/ISTIL
15, bd Latarjet
F-69622 Villeurbanne
France

thierry.delair@univ-lyon1.fr

Katja Richter


Treasurer
Katja Richter
Heppe Medical Chitosan
Heirich-Damerow-Str. 1
D-06120 Halle
Germany
k.richter@medical-chitosan.com

Francisca Cabrera Escribano


Assistant Treasurer
Prof. Dr. Francisca Cabrera-Escribano
Departamento de Química Orgánica
Universidad de Sevilla
Prof. García González 1
ES-41012 Sevilla
Spain
fcabrera@us.es

Laurent David


Board member
Université Lyon 1
IMP/LMPB/ISTIL
15, bd Latarjet
F-69622 Villeurbanne
France
laurent.david@univ-lyon1.fr

Vincent G.H. Eijsink


Board member
Norwegian University of Lifescience
Dept. Chemistry, Biotechnology, Food Science
P.O. Box 5003
N-1432 Aas
Norway
vincent.eijsink@nmbu.no

Massimiliano Fenice


Board member
Università Della Tuscia, DEB:
Dipartimento di Scienze Ecologiche e Biologiche
Largo Università snc,
IT-01100 Viterbo
Italy
fenice@unitus.it

Oscar Goñi Ramos


Board member
Institute of Technology
Tralee South Campus
Tralee, N/A V92CX88
Ireland
oscar.goni@staff.ittralee.ie

Francisco M. Goycoolea


Board member
School of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Leeds
Leeds – LS2 9JT
U.K.
F.M.Goycoolea@leeds.ac.uk

Angeles Heras Caballero


Board member
Unidad de RMN.
Instituto Pluridisciplinar
Paseo de Juan XXIII, n. 1
ES-28040 Madrid
Spain
aheras@farm.ucm.es

Yuri Skorik


Board member
Russian Academy of Sciences
Institute of Macromolecular Compounds
31 Bol´shoi prosp. VO
RU-199004 St. Petersburg
Russia
yury_skorik@mail.ru

Marcin H. Struszczyk


Board member
Institute of Security Technologies “MORATEX”
3, M. Skłodowskiej-Curie Str.
PL – 90-505 Lodz
Poland
mstruszczyk@moratex.eu

Gregor Tegl


Board member
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna
Department of Agrobiotechnology, IFA Tulln / Institute of Environmental Biotechnology
Konrad Lorenz Straße 20
A-3430 Tulln an der Donau
Austria
gregor.tegl@boku.ac.at

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)

Volume XIV. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Chitin and Chitosan and 6th Iberoamerican Chitin Symposium. Edited by Sergio Paulo Campana Filho, Marisa Masumi Beppu, Anderson Fiamingo. São Carlos, Brazil, 2014. ISBN 978-85-63191-03-8. (Link (pdf-file, 21,7 MB))

Newsletter

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.

      • 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.
      • Donor member (Associate) (not open to students): single payment of 10 times the regular annual fee. This guarantees lifetime membership.
      • Donor member (Collective) (not open to students): single payment of 10 times the regular annual fee. This guarantees 15 years membership.

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