The Young Chemists Group of the Portuguese Chemistry Society, the 3B’s Research Group and the Chemistry Department at the University of Minho are pleased to announce the 5th Portuguese Young Chemists Meeting (5th PYCheM) and 1st European Young Chemists Meeting (1st EYCheM), which will take place in the historical and beautiful city of Guimarães - Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Portugal, from 26th to 29th April 2016.

This joint event will bring together for the first time young chemists from all over the Europe, in a high quality scientific program covering most recent research in the different areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic, analytical, etc.) and at the interface of chemistry and other scientific fields (biology, medicine, nanotechnology, etc.).

By attending to this meeting you will be able to present your results as a poster or oral presentation to a broad audience of chemists and professionals in chemical sciences. Don't miss this opportunity to network with your peers and interact with experienced professionals from academia and industry. Prizes will be awarded to the best oral and poster communications given by a young chemist.



João F. Mano (Univ. do Minho, Portugal)
Iva Pashkuleva (Univ. do Minho, Portugal)
Fernanda Proença (Univ. do Minho, Portugal)
Artur Silva (Univ. de Aveiro, Portugal)
António Fernando Silva (Univ. do Porto, Portugal)
Maria João Moreno (Univ. de Coimbra, Portugal)
Verónica Bermudez (Univ. de Trás os Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal)
Matilde Marques (Inst.Superior Técnico, Portugal)
Isabel Ferreira (Inst.Politécino de Bragança, Portugal)
Armando Silvestre (Univ. de Aveiro, Portugal)
José Esperança (ITQB, Portugal)
António Varandas (Univ. de Coimbra, Portugal)
Fátima Bento (Univ. do Minho, Portugal)
Aránzazu del Campo (MPIP Mainz, Germany)
Radim Hrdina (Univ. of Pardubice, Czech Republic)
Edward Matthijs (KU Leuven, Belgium)


Catarina Custódio
Luísa Rodrigues
João Borges
Ana Rita Araújo
Sara Amorim
Ivo Aroso
Raquel Teixeira
Ramon Novoa-Carballal
Ana Soares
Cristina Sousa
Tiago Silva
Lara Reys
Sandra Silva
Leonardo Mendes (SPQ)

SPQ Secretariat

Leonardo Mendes
Cristina Campos


The Group of Young Chemists ( GQJ) of the Portuguese Society of Chemistry ( SPQ) was created in 2007 to promote the dissemination of scientific knowledge produced by young researchers working in Portugal and abroad. The group also aims to establish a network among young scientists to foster the exchange of ideas, experiences and contacts.

This mission culminated in a biennial scientific conference, which has grown remarkably over the recent years. The previous editions of the PYCheM in Lisbon (2008), Aveiro (2010), Porto (2012) and Coimbra (2014) have confirmed and extended the primary mission and values of the GQJ.

The next edition, in April 2016, embraces the challenge of bringing together young chemists and scientists from all over Europe.


Open Science and European Open Access policies in H2020

26 April - 9:00 - 12:00

Workshop programme:

  • What could Open Science mean for Chemistry? - Simon Coles - University of Southampton
  • Open Access to Publications in H2020 - Pedro Príncipe - University of Minho
  • Research Data Management - Joy Davidson - Digital Curation Centre

Scientific Program

The following speakers have confirmed their participation:

Ei-ichi Negishi,
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010,
Purdue University, USA

Martyn Poliakoff,
University of Nottingham, UK

Buddy Ratner,
University of Washington, USA

Peter H. Seeberger,
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, DE

Nuno Maulide,
University of Vienna, AT

Helder Santos,
University of Helsinki, FI

Social Program

26 April 27 April 28 April
17:40h Walking Tour (let's walk and drink around the city wall)
19:30h Welcome cocktail at CCVF garden (with cultural portuguese music by GFUM) Gala Dinner at Pança Restaurant with a musical performace of Tun'ao Minho
21:30h Get-together night at Bar Ramada - with a musical performance by Bomboémia (Percussion Band, UMinho)


Registration Fees

Category Until February 29, 2016 (€) After February 29, 2016 (€)
SPQ member Non member SPQ member Non member
Undergraduate & Master Students *
student proof is required
80 105 110 135
PhD Students
student proof is required
120 160 150 190
Young researchers
(< 35 )
180 220 210 250
Senior researchers
200 250 230 280
Accompanying persons ** 120 120 120 120

Registration fee includes:

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Congress material
  • Lunch and coffee breaks
  • Access to all event sessions
  • Social program
  • Congress dinner
  • Graduate and master student registration fee includes:

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Congress material
  • Lunch and coffee breaks
  • Access to all event sessions
  • Social program
  • Dinner costs: 30 euros *

  • your student proof must be sent to eventos@spq.pt when you confirm your payment

    Accompanying person ** registration fee includes:

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Congress material
  • Lunch and coffee breaks
  • Social program
  • Congress dinner
  • Payment Information
    Payment will be via VISA or Bank Transfer

    Bank Transfer
    Titular: Sociedade Portuguesa de Química
    Bank/Banco: Millennium BCP (Lisboa, Pt)
    IBAN: PT50 0033 0000 4534 5670 6780 5


    PYCA 2016

    The Portuguese Young Chemists Award (PYCA) attributed by GQJ from SPQ aims to promote excellence in Chemistry developed by young researchers, with particular focus on the scientific impact on society. The prize is awarded every two years, to recent doctors with less than 35 years and laureates the work done during their PhD. It is open to Portuguese researchers or foreigners with a PhD from a Portuguese University. The first edition was held in 2010.

    The fourth edition of PYCA is open to applications between the 1st of January of 2016 and the 15th of March of 2016.

    The winner will receive the prize during the 5PYCheM where he might talk about his work.

    Rules and more informations


    poster size should be 91 cm (36 inches) width x 155 cm (61 inches) height

    Each registered participant will be entitled to submit up to two abstract, for a poster or an oral presentation.

    The meeting’s official language will be English.
    Abstracts must be submitted in English

    Abstracts (poster) should be submitted via the SPQ registration site until 31st March 2016. Please, log in using the login and the password provided during the registration process and then proceed with "abstract submission".
    Please use the Microsoft Word file Abstract Template

    The abstract must not exceed one A4 page.

    The participants will be informed by e-mail message about the acceptance of their contribution and the type of their presentation during April 2016.

    Accepted abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts (only abstracts of registered participants will be included).

    Please make sure your abstract does not contain any spelling or grammar mistakes, as it will be reproduced as submitted.

    Abstract topics

  • Electrochemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Materials chemistry and Nanomaterials
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Green chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Chemistry of Natural Products
  • Surface chemistry and interfaces
  • Teaching and Disseminating Chemistry
  • Other (suggestion)
  • Key Dates

    • Registration with discount: deadline 29th February 2016

    • New deadline - Abstract Submission (Poster): 31st March 2016

    • Registration deadline: 15 th April 2016

    About Guimarães

    Guimarães is one of the most beautiful cities of Portugal. Its past is so intimately intertwined with the History of Portugal that it is commonly and proudly referred to as the Cradle of the Nation. Guimarães is a city full of culture and well-preserved history that deserves to be visited!

    In 2001, the Historic Centre of Guimarães was declared as World Heritage by UNESCO, and in 2012, Guimarães was European Capital of Culture.

    Guimarães hopes to see you in April 2016! 


    The conference will be held in Centro Cultural Vila Flor

    How to arrive

    Guimarães is easily accessible by highway or railway. It is 50 km North of Oporto and it is linked to main Portuguese cities by train ( train schedules) or express buses ( bus schedules).

    You may choose one of the 3 following alternatives to get to Guimarães from the Oporto airport:
    Taxi directly to Guimarães. It takes about 40 minutes, depending on traffic, and costs about 60 €;

    Metro/train combination. The cheapest option. Takes about 2 hours and costs about 5 €. First you take the Metro (www.metrodoporto.pt) at the airport following the direction to Campanhã railway station in Porto. There, you must buy the ticket at the ticket office, and catch the train to Guimarães ( train schedules);
    Get Bus offers you an express service with daily connections between Porto airport and the city of Guimarães. The prices vary between €7.5 for one way travel or €12 for a return travel. For more information please check the  GetBus website.

    Contacts Us


    SPQ - Sociedade Portuguesa de Química

      Av. da República, 45 - 3º Esq.
      1050 - 187 Lisboa

      (+351) 217 934 637 (9h-17h)

    General Information - Organization/Program

      5th PYCheM & 1st EYCheM organizing committee
        3B’s Research Group - University of Minho
        Avepark – Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia
        Zona Industrial da Gandra
        4805-017 Barco GMR