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Global Women’s Breakfast Romania 2023

January 26th, 2023

The National Institute for Research & Development for Chemistry and Petrochemistry – ICECHIM Bucharest is hosting the second IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast Meeting in Romania on February 14, 2022, starting 10:15 a.m. (EET) via Zoom and invites all interested parties to join the awareness campaign in view of supporting and engendering equity in the wider research ecosystem.

Global Women’s Breakfast Romania aims to be a “smart-casual” event that facilitates the formation of communities on a local, regional and international scale to share effectively and strategically for progress and organizational development.

The annual #GWB Romania meetings with representatives of the local research, conservation and education community are the social glue to awareness-raising initiatives regarding the rights and freedoms of the members of the scientific community, and to leadership solutions that make research a more inclusive, representative and more accessible profession, both at the individual and institutional level – including how to be a reliable ally for those closest to you who find themselves in this endeavor. Last but not least, we’ll talk about the power of collaboration and how valuable it is to bring people from different backgrounds into project teams.

Global Women’s Breakfast Romania aims to bring together researchers, women and men, from all types of research centers and from all levels of professional development, as well as practitioners active in all fields of science, to debate transdisciplinary issues and to socialize during a virtual breakfast. The main objective is to facilitate the development of an assertive community dedicated to overcoming barriers to accessing professional development opportunities in the STEM fields.

INCDCP-ICECHIM, as the organizer, recommends the public dissemination of the event coordinates – participation is free.


January 9th, 2023

The National Research & Development Institute for Chemistry and Petrochemistry – ICECHIM Bucharest announces the start of the PN 23.06 Program – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ADVANCED CHEMISTRY FOR A CIRCULAR ECONOMY (ChemNewDeal), within the pale of National Research, Development and Innovation Plan 2022-2027, CORE Program.

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“România Viitorului” – a refreshing vision serving the role of research, innovation and entrepreneurship for social development

September 8th, 2022

On 6th of September 2022, the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, in partnership with POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, hosted the forum titled Romania Viitorului ( en. tr. Romania of the Future), an INFO&Demo DAY dedicated to the general public, attended by national research and development institutes, universities, start-ups successful companies, political decision-makers and partners actively involved in the promotion of Romania’s intellectual capital and State interests both behind exhibition stands and on panels and debates, aimed at stimulating the pro-active participation of research in the spectrum of social entrepreneurship and vice versa.


The Prime Minister of Romania, Mr. Nicolae Ciucă, as well as representatives from the European Commission, the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Economy, the World Bank and the North-East Regional Development Agency honored the event organized with the aim of attracting representatives of all segments of economic interest to the consultation table for the public policies of Romania of the future: public policies for the integration of research, innovation and the entrepreneurial environment, necessary efforts for the consistent transition from strategy to implementation, local favorable factors for the stimulation of circular ecosystems and for financing instruments.

The delegated team on behalf of the National Research and Development Institute for Chemistry and Petrochemistry – ICECHIM Bucharest was present at this event both as an exhibitor and as part of the panel with Romanian researchers and entrepreneurs hosted in the Aula Magna of the POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest.

“Romania of the Future” is not only a premiere event, but a turning point in the paradigm of Romanian research and innovation and a declaration of assumption of a transformation based on a solid partnership between the public environment and the private sector, domestically and globally.

The involvement of partners from the European Commission and the World Bank confirms the confidence that Romania is on the right track and we have every chance to becoming a strong voice at the international level. Also, the presence of the Prime Minister of Romania, Nicolae Ciucă, is a sign of support of top priority level, this approach being part of the Government’s continuous effort to promote the public-private partnership for innovation and technological transfer.

The idea of ​​bringing research institutes, universities and private companies to the same table is an essential part of my mandate as minister, through which research and innovation become the main engine for the development of Romania in the future. A better future, here, at home”, said Sebastian Burduja, Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitization.

Festivalul de Chimie 2022

 “Totul e chimie/Its all about chemistry

September 1st, 2022

On the occasion of the fourth edition of the Chemistry Festival our endeavours are aimed at:

  • Introducing PLAY, ART and JOY to the study of chemistry;
  • Communicating to the widening audiences the VALUE of CHEMISTRY among the fundamental sciences and to emphasize the essential role of chemists and chemistry in addressing the challenges of the current age;
  • Developing COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS between universities, high schools, schools, research institutes, laboratories, businesses and industry.

On the occasion of organizing the fourth edition of the Chemistry Festival, the organizers propose

We will be rejoice and feel honored by your presence as a visitor, volunteer or sponsor, and we thank you in advance for your consideration of our endeavor to promote chemistry.

The festival is organized by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Romania Chapter and the National Research and Development Institute for Chemistry and Petrochemistry-ICECHIM Bucharest, in collaboration with the Romanian Chemical Society, the Institute of Chemistry and Physics “I. Murgulescu” Bucharest, the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Bucharest, the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnologies of the POLITEHNICA University Bucharest, the Association of Chemistry Students UniBuC, Eduland and Playouth, being publicized via social media/FB @festivalchimie.acs, on air by the Radio Romania Cultural and on digital-media/Liceenii SMART, Canal 33.

We are looking forward to greeting you on the ICECHIM platform, both on 15th and the 16th of October 2022, between 11:00-17:00 on the first day, 10:00-16:00 on the second day, respectively, access to fun demo and interactive educational experiments for all ages being FREE of charge. The organizers recommend the pre-registration of large groups (20-30 participants) to the e-mail address .

A successful event relies on the valuable support provided by sponsors!

Thank you for your consideration to all those who chose to support the initiative and joined it to strengthen the deployment of the National Strategy for Research, Innovation and Smart Specialization, with the aim of improving the attitude regarding the role of research, innovation and entrepreneurship in Romanian communities in such a way that the results of research and innovation become the main engine for Romania’s development.

International Symposium “Priorities of Chemistry for a Sustainable Development”

PRIOCHEM at it’s XVIIIth edition

August 3rd, 2022

At its XVIIIth edition, the International Symposium PRIOCHEM – Priorities of Chemistry for a Sustainable Development promotes the use of chemistry for the benefit of humankind and of the planet through research, the free exchange of ideas, and international cooperation.

The host of the scientific event is the National Institute for Research & Development in Chemistry and Petrochemistry – ICECHIM Bucharest, in partnership with the Romanian Chemical Society – member of EuChemS. The symposium features two main sections anchored in the national and European Smart Specialization Strategy emphasizing the focus on targeted approach to R&D&I, which combines industrial, educational and innovation as priority areas for knowledge-based investments: (1) Multifunctional materials, nanocomposites, innovative technologies and cultural heritage preservation, and (2) Bio-resources, biotechnologies and biorefining.

This edition aims to:

– Provide diverse perspectives from scientists engaged in fundamental research, industrial scientists, business leaders, educators, students, government, NGOs, etc.

– Deliver creatively designed sessions that are highly interactive (e.g., facilitate lively discussion, include sufficient time for Q&A, rapid-fire sessions, debates, and workshop-based learning);

– Provide attendees leaving each session with a clear idea of how they can leverage the outcomes professionally;

– Describe how these outcomes will be achieved in the session and provide potential speakers or topics of presentations.

The 2022 edition of PRIOCHEM will be focused on recent advances and new trends in chemical engineering, hosting invited lectures, oral and poster presentations on the topics covered by the aforementioned sections, addressing practice gaps as well as other emerging topics in the area of chemical engineering.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect

The scientific event will include a minimum of 30% of under-represented groups, will incorporate expertise from a range of geographic locations, will include speakers from all stages of career as well as diverse stakeholder perspectives from across the chemistry enterprise, where appropriate.

Knowledge sharing workshop to facilitate the formation of value chains in the local economy

June 17th, 2022

The National Research and Development Institute for Chemistry and Petrochemistry – ICECHIM organizes, within the project POC-A1-A1.2.3-G-2015-P_40_352, Knowledge transfer, Sequential procedures for closing side flows from the bioeconomy and innovative (bio)products results from these – SEVENT, My_SMIS 105684, type C subsidiary project Closing value chains in the bioeconomy through the innovative use of diatomite from Pâtârlagele – DiaCER, on June 22, 2022, 11.00 a.m., a workshop aimed at using knowledge to accelerate the formation of chains of value in the economy.

By the end of the XXth century, Romania was the largest producer of diatomite in Europe. The purpose of this workshop is to support the relaunch of diatomite exploitation in Romania, by solving a weak point highlighted in the Mining Strategy of Romania 2017 – 2035 – the lack of post-extraction industries for non-metallic ores. The solution that this workshop proposes is the formation of an innovative ecosystem in which the knowledge of research organizations is used to add high value to a mineral resource, throughout the economic chain.

The use of diatomite-based products exhausted in an industrial process as a raw material for another industrial process, as well as the use of diatomite together with renewable resources or for the intensification of the production of renewable resources, represent the main coagulation axes for two-way oriented knowledge transfer fields included in the National Strategy for Research, Innovation and SMART Specialization 2021-2027, Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment and respectively Climate, energy and mobility.

Economic agents with complementary concerns in the use of (bio)products based on diatomite will participate in this workshop, as well as suppliers of equipment and services necessary to market these (bio)products resulting from the innovative use of diatomite. The role of this workshop is also to form new partnerships for knowledge transfer, as well as to strengthen the existing ones.

Venue: Institutul Național de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Chimie și Petrochimie – ICECHIM, Spl. Independenței nr. 202, sector 6, București – Conference Hall, 3rd floor.

ICECHIM supports “Știința Viitorului”

#EYY2022 #EUYouth

June 9th, 2022

Romania’s youth are the main change agents for national renaissance and essential to nurturing peaceful and democratic communities. INCDCP-ICECHIM Bucharest affiliated young chemists thus celebrated the “European Year of Youth” (#EuropeanYearOfYouth) through voluntary involvement in the context of the “Știința Viitorului” (trans. Science of the Future) hosted by the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization and the Ministry of Education. On occasion of this particular science communication event, the INCDCP-ICECHIM Bucharest delegates aimed and succeeded at motivating and encouraging high school students to explore the many ways in which chemistry connects to their world.

The purpose of INCDCP-ICECHIM Bucharest’s participation was to offer high school students fun, authentic and practical opportunities to:

• experience chemistry beyond what is taught in the classroom;

• learn about study and career opportunities in the many and varied fields of chemistry;

• provide services to improve their communities of extracurricular activities,

• discover and pursue connections within the extended community of chemistry professionals and

• develop pupils’ leadership and communication skills.

NANODENT: Project deployment press release

June 2nd, 2022

INCDCP-ICECHIM Bucharest has deployed starting the 9th of June 2022, the project “Through nanotechnology towards the next generation dental restorative materials” (NANODENT), funded in the framework of the National Plan of Research – Development and Innovation for the period 2015-2020 (PNCDI III), Program 4 – Fundamental and Frontier Research, project type: Exploratory Research Projects (PCE 2021), based on the financing contract 92PCE/2022 concluded with the Executive Unit for Financing of Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation as Contracting Authority.

The main aim of the NANODENT project is to develop a potential dental restorative material with antibacterial properties and increased mechanical resistance, based on substituted apatitic nanomaterials (and/or decorated with metallic nanoparticles) and natural compounds, applicable in glass ionomer cements.

INCDCP-ICECHIM to be hosting an #EUGREENWEEK Partner Even

May 24th, 2022

May 31th 2022 / 10:00 A.M. – 01:00 P.M.

On the occasion of the #EUGREENWEEK we, at INCDCP-ICECHIM, celebrate shared dedication to forging a business and industrial ecosystem that harnesses Romania’s potential in the framework of the green and digital transition pairing established by the European Union.

Participation is OPEN to all economic interest groups!

Should you like to attend, please express your interest via our Contact form.

The event Agenda, Log-in credentials and Consent Form will be shared with you upon registration.

BIOREGIO at its closing inter-regional meeting

May 3rd, 2022

Between March 29 and 30, 2022 INCDCP-ICECHIM Călărași Branch, through its representative, participated as a Partner in the last meeting (Nantes, France) in the series of those organized inter-regionally within the BIOREGIO project.

On this occasion, regional best practice models and support tools for the circular bioeconomy and overcoming the COVID-19 crisis were highlighted, and visits were made to local composting and recycling centers, as well as to research units for the valorization of by-products from the agri-food sector.

Some examples of best practices include:

– the use of fractions resulting from the manufacture of spirits for the production of disinfectants;

– composting food waste from restaurants, office buildings and canteens;

– the creation of innovative food products from side flows (bran, residues from the manufacture of beer or fruit juices, etc.).


More details about BIOREGIO are available on the INTERREG EUROPE page dedicated to the project, as well as on the associated social media pages.

NeXT-Chem IV

March 17th, 2022

INCDCP-ICECHIM will be hosting the fourth edition of the exploratory workshop NeXT-Chem: Innovative cross-sectoral technologies starting the 19th to the 20th of May, 2022. The event addresses young researchers (Master’s and PhD candidates) for whom participation is exempt of fees.

INCDCP-ICECHIM harbors a critical mass of excellent researchers, all contributing to an open, diverse, interactive, collaborative, creative and inspiring environment in order to perform impactful research with international visibility; it provides researchers with state-of-the-art facilities, infrastructure, advanced training and support and operates according to the highest ethical and business standards. As such, it is able to integrate and promote talent and its mobility, as well as adding value to knowledge and to society.

The IV-th edition of the scientific event is EuChemS approved (European Chemical Society).

Further information and registration is available on accessing the dedicated event page via

Global Women’s Breakfast

February 11th, 2022

The National Institute for Research & Development in Chemistry and Petrochemistry – ICECHIM Bucharest organizes the first of the IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast event series in Romania on February 16, 2022, at 10:00, via Zoom and invites all interested parties to join the initiative with the view to empower diversity in research.

The event aims to honour the achievements of women in science and inspire young generations to pursue a career in research, as well as to celebrate together the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Global Women’s Breakfast Romania aims to bring together researchers, women and men, from all types of research centers, engaged in all fields of science, to discuss transdisciplinary issues and socialize over a virtual breakfast. The central goal is to facilitate the creation of an assertive community in order to overcome barriers to gender mainstreaming in research.

Global Women’s Breakfast Romania is intended to be an smart-casual event that facilitates the formation of local, regional and international communities that effectively share ideas and strategies for organizational progress and development.

Please write to us at for further information and registration requests.