Help with Ukraine

ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, reacts with shock and deep regret to the military attacks by the Russian Government against Ukraine. You can read the full statement by the ALLEA Presidency in support of Ukraine, its citizens and academic institutions here. The ALLEA Board released a second statement announcing the suspension of membership of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

The European scientific community is mobilising fast to support Ukrainan students and researchers who have been forced to flee their country due to the Russian Government’s millitary invasion. The platform #ScienceForUkraine is centralising information on support provided by the global research community to Ukraine researchers and students.

In addition to this initiative, ALLEA Member Academies and other academic institutions for Ukrainian scholars at risk have compiled a list of resources for several support programs for Ukrainian researchers, which are available on European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) website


If you wish to submit additional entries to this list, please send all relevant information to This list is regularly updated.

Solidarity with Ukraine

PAUSE program opens a special call for emergency assistance to Ukrainian researchers in danger, through an emergency fund granted by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

An emergency financial aid to finance the stay of a Ukrainian researcher, and his/her family if applicable, for a period of three months is proposed to voluntary French institutions. The amount of the financial aid will be a lump sum based on the number of people in the family unit (single person, couple, family).

This emergency hosting in France may allow the researcher to prepare, in connection with a host institution, an application to the PAUSE program according to the regular procedures and criteria of the program, based on co- funding.

More information:


Students/Researchers/Scholar from UKRAINE – Call for expressions of interest to get an academic opportunity in Portugal

The Global Platform for Higher Education in Emergencies is a NGO based in Portugal. It is aimed at offering academic opportunities for students from conflict-affected societies, in forced mobility or at risk.

The Global Platform is now working in close cooperation with higher education institutions, networks of laboratories and research centers in Portugal to offer academic opportunities to students/researchers and scholars from Ukraine who are fleeing the war and look for a safe haven and a welcoming environment to go ahead through these very challenging times.

Further information here.

Together we can make it happen!

“Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world” – Nelson Mandela

R&D membrane separation processes - liquid streams - VITO, Mol, Belgium

Location: VITO, Mol, Belgium

Position: 2-year contract, potentially extendable to a permanent position.

Job description
As a Flemish, internationally recognized research centre, VITO aims to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. The MESCH team at VITO develops industrially viable membrane processes for the intensification of chemical processes in industry.

Our approach allows companies to de-risk their developments by demonstration of relevant and economically viable membrane-based separation processes.

Membranes and membrane processes are of great value in the transition towards a more sustainable chemical industry, because of their broad application area, their low energy consumption, and their usefulness in continuous chemical processes at every scale.

To strengthen our team of researchers and technicians (now about 20 people) we are looking for a new colleague for the execution of bilateral industrial projects on membrane based liquid separations.

For this we opened a research position for a chemical engineer specialised in membrane separation processes for liquid streams.

It’s about a 2-year contract, potentially extendable to a permanent position.

This is our plan for you:

Together with our team, you will support the execution and follow-up of industrial projects on membrane based separation processes for the chemical industry.
Based on the basic workplans, you will plan, execute, supervise and coordinate membrane tests, by designing experiments, execute these together with our technicians and do the analysis of the various test results. Reporting of the results to customers is a part of the job as well.

Job requirements
To be suitable for this job, we think you will need:

  • a PhD in organic chemistry or in chemical oriented engineering
  • a track record in and applied knowledge of membrane separation processes of liquid streams
    enthusiasm about both experimental lab work as well about processing of data and reporting
    team player skills
  • a good eye for quality, deadlines
    a customer oriented mind-set
    a strong interest in cooperation with other partners (industry, SME’s, institutes, universities)
  • a good knowledge of English, both written and spoken
  • to be willing to travel abroad on occasion



If you’re tired of the frequent commute, you’ve come to the right place. We work ‘activity based’, our activities bring us to our location. Part-time work remote from home, our headquarter in Mol, or working from a satellite office in Antwerp-Berchem, Genk, Ghent or Ostend is possible.

A competitive salary with a range of benefits including allowances, insurances, and a modular vacation package
A team of nice colleagues, experts in their fields, who will guide, support and interact with you
Access to state-of-art equipment for membrane processes
Interesting opportunities to interact with partners in industry and academia
Innovation is our asset, so it goes without saying that we offer our employees the opportunity to follow additional training courses and stay up to date in their field of expertise.
You will be part of an organization with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy.



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Two 2-year Postdoctoral positions in Membrane Science and Technology - Bath University, UK

Location: Bath University, Bath, UK

Positions: 2 post-doc positions

Two 2-year Postdoctoral positions in Membrane Science and Technology

Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering

These 2-year positions at the University of Bath are part of the £9 million EPSRC Programme Grant ‘SynHiSel’, a national programme linking membrane researchers at Bath, Manchester, Newcastle, Imperial College, Queen Mary and Edinburgh Universities.
Chemical separations are critical to almost every aspect of our lives, from the energy we use to the medications we take, but consume 10-15% of the total world energy. Highly selective membranes could make these separations 10-times more efficient and save 100m tonnes/year of CO2 emissions annually. More selective separation processes are needed for renewable energy, clean growth, waste recovery, pharma and food processing, water treatment and many others.
The SynHiSel team’s vision is to develop the high selectivity membranes needed to enable the adoption of a novel generation of emerging high-value/high-efficiency processes.

PDRA1: Synthesis of 2D nanomaterials for membrane separations:

You will develop novel 2D corrugated nanomaterials for nanofiltration membranes for a range of liquid separations. You will have prior expertise in 2D nanomaterials synthesis and characterisation. Expertise in membrane science is desirable.

PDRA2: Testing and modelling of membrane-based liquid separations:

You will design experimental protocols for membrane characterisation and testing, and develop numerical models for mechanisms of facilitated transport membranes. You will have prior expertise in numerical modelling and membrane characterisation.

Our Team – SynHiSel: We are an interdisciplinary group at Bath with PDRAs and PhD students working across chemistry, materials and process engineering. We are guided by the ambition to address the biggest environmental, economic and societal challenges of our times, gaining from our collaboration with other SynHiSel Universities and industrial partners to achieve this.

What we can offer you: We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community.

Contacts: for informal inquries please contact
Prof Davide Mattia, +44(0)1225-383961,, or
Prof John Chew, +44(0)1225-386132,,

To apply, please use the following links:

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2 Post doc Positions Membrane Science - Queen Mary University of London, UK

Location: Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Positions: 2 post-doc positions

About the Role
Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Assistants to join a lively multidisciplinary research group under Professor Andrew Livingston to investigate the fabrication of advanced membranes for highly selective molecular separations in organic liquids.

About You
The successful candidates will seek to develop new fabrication techniques for membranes based around phase inversion, interfacial polymerisation, and coating. They will characterise membrane morphology, determine membrane performance, and relate the polymer type and membrane morphology to this performance. They will also be expected to work in teams applying these membranes to a diverse ranges of applications including refining, drug synthesis and bio-based products.
The successful candidates will have a background in membrane fabrication, preferably polymer membranes, and possess a thorough knowledge of membrane functional and morphological characterisation. Experience of organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN) would also be useful. They will have a fluent understanding of chemical analytical techniques.


More information:


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Condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine

The EMS expresses its firm and resolute condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine and stands in solidarity with all victims of the current war in Ukraine.

We call on all our members who are aware of programs to help researchers and students (call for specific aid to refugees, doctoral scholarships, post-doctoral positions, etc.) to contact the EMS, which will make its resources available to disseminate information and help in coordinating actions.

The EMS also expresses its strong support to the signatories of the open letter from Russian scientists and science journalists against the war with Ukraine.

Anthony Szymczyk (EMS President)

Pierre Aimar (Honorary member) - Philippe Aptel (Honorary member) - Roger Ben Aïm (Honorary member) - Karl Böddeker (Honorary member) - Cristiana Boi (Former EMS President) - Carla Brazinha (Council member) - Joao Crespo (Honorary member) - Enrico Drioli (Honorary member and former EMS President) - Maria Grazia de Angelis (Council member) - Eric Favre (Council member) - Robert Field (Honorary member) - Karel Friess (Council member) - Lidietta Giorno (Honorary member and former EMS President) - Susana Luque (Former EMS President) - Marco Stoller (Council member) - Heiner Strathmann (Honorary member) - Elena Tocci (Council member) - Bart van der Bruggen (Former EMS President)

Loss of Prof. Sourirajan

Dear EMS members,

I regret to inform you of the passing of Prof. Srinivasa Sourirajan on February 20, 2022. Prof. Sourirajan developed, together with Prof. S. Loeb, cellulose acetate membranes for desalination by Reverse Osmosis, which triggered the large-scale industrialization of membrane separation processes.

Kind regards,

Anthony Szymczyk

EMS President

Call for organizing European Membrane Society Summer School 2023

The Society is keen on supporting scientific or technical events related to the field of membranes and membrane processes, particularly with a focus on events involving young and early-stage researchers. Therefore, the EMS has opened the Call for Proposals for the 38th EMS Summer School in 2023.

In order to have your Summer School accepted as an EMS event, you should apply to the EMS Council according to the following guidelines:


The application should specify:

  • description of the facilities for the Summer School and proposed dates;
  • tentative program including course contents and timing;
  • members of the organising committee (including members of the EMS Council);
  • members of the scientific committee (including members of the EMS Council);
  • budget outline, including:
  • any request for EMS funding or loan;
  • list of sponsors;
  • expected number of participants;
  • break-even number.

Any outsourcing of organisational work should be included in the budget. Any EMS loan received would be expected to be returned as the first call on excess income over expenses. Additional excess income is to be split evenly between the EMS and the organisers. The EMS will not cover losses beyond the EMS funding. The EMS membership fees should be collectable with the registration fees. All rights and duties will be formalised in a contract with the EMS.

  • Important websites related to the proposal.


Proposals will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific programme
  • Conference venue/organisational and professional planning
  • Registration fees
  • Financial risk involved in the event
  • Geographical distribution


The selected application will be announced during the EUROMEMBRANE 2022 conference in November 2022.


Please, send your proposal by September 30, 2022, to:


Karel Friess,

Carla Brazinha,

Elsa Lasseuguette,




Richard Maling Barrer Medal

Richard Maling Barrer Medal

The Richard Maling Barrer Medal for Membrane Science and Technology, consisting of 10,000 € plus a lifetime membership in the European Membrane Society, is awarded to an individual to recognise outstanding work of exceptional significance in the area of membrane science and technology. Richard Maling Barrer was one of the pioneers in the membrane field with extensive and significant research on membrane material and gas transport. This award is given by the European Membrane Society to honour Professor Barrer memory and to recognise individuals who have made outstanding contributions that have significantly advanced membrane science and technology.


Anyone working in membrane science and technology is eligible to be nominated (except for current Council members of the European Membrane Society).


Nominations should be submitted by a current member of the European Membrane Society (EMS), not directly by the nominee. Current members of the EMS Council cannot submit the nominations.

The nomination package should include:

(1) A cover letter describing the nominee’s contribution and its importance to the field of membrane science and technology;

(2) Three additional letters in support of the nomination;

(3) Supporting Materials – a complete list of the nominee’s publications, patents, technical reports etc., and pdf copies of 4 selected essential outputs.


The deadline for the complete nomination package submission to the EMS Secretary (via email is January 31st 2022, 23:59 h Central European Time (CET).


A panel of referees will review nominations with final decisions made by the EMS Council. An award will only be made if there is a nominee whose contributions are sufficiently outstanding to warrant the prestigious medal. Medal winners will be presented during the Euromembrane 2022 conference.