The Young Chemists Group (GQJ) of the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) was created in December, 8th, 2007. The GQJ represents a scientific platform that gathers chemists’ until 35y with the following objectives:

    Promotion of networks within the young chemists in Portuguese research centers;
    Link the chemical community both in research and industry;
    Represent the Portuguese young chemists in international affairs, such as the European Young Chemists Network (EYCN).
The GQJ concentrates its efforts in the following activities:
    PYCheM, the biennial conference of young chemists in Portugal;
    PYCA, a biennial award for the best PhD thesis of a young chemist;
    ChemRus, an annual competition of scientific videos based on chemical knowledge for high school students.
If you want to be part of GQJ, please send an email to, presenting your name, filiation, SPQ associate number and email address.

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The Portuguese Young Chemists Meeting, PYCheM, is a biennial conference dedicated to the science produced by the Portuguese young chemists. PYCheM represents the main event in the calendar for chemists under 35y, in an intellectual and stimulant environment. Since the 1 PYCheM in Lisbon, this conference is growing in the number of participants and in the quality and relevance of international scientists present (3 Nobel Prize Winners).


26- 29 April, 2016, Guimarães


April - 1st May, 2014, Coimbra


9-11 May, 2012, Porto


21-23 April, 201, Aveiro


15-17 October, 2008, Lisboa

ChemRus is an annual competition for chemistry students up to the high school. This competition intends to reward a chemistry experience developed by the students and uploaded as a Youtube® video. The winner’s school is awarded new portfolio of laboratory equipment and the group elements receive an individual prize.

The GQJ is not responsible for the video content, namely scientific errors or imprecisions and safety issues.


Carla Morais
Filipe Monteiro
Jorge Parola

GQJ Videos


"Pimp my Biodiesel"
Mário Gil Marinho Mesquita, João Pedro da Costa Ribeiro e Pedro Arnaldo Barros Magalhães
orientação da Professora Maria João Coelho Póvoas
Colégio Casa-Mãe
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"Espelho de Prata"
Enoque Rosa, Inês Nascimento e Rita Correia
orientação da Professora Ana Margarida Martins
Escola Secundaria de Vila Real Santo Antóni
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Menção Honrosa

"Nylon Synthesis"
André Raínho, João Tavares, Patrícia Azevedo e Sofia Máxima
orientação dos Professora Clara Tomé
Escola Secundária da Boa Nova-Leça da Palmeira
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Menção Honrosa

"Fireflies in a Jar"
Diogo Brito, Pedro Pereira e Ricardo Nunes
orientação da Professora Laura Charneca
Escola Secundária Gabriel Pereira
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The Portuguese Young Chemists Award (PYCA) intends to promote the PhD thesis developed by a Portuguese young chemist with the highest scientific and social impact. This award is assigned in each PYCheM to newly PhD’s. The winner as the opportunity to write an article for the SPQ’s magazine, in addition to a monetary prize.

The fourth edition of PYCA is open to applications between the 1st of January of 2016 and the 24th of March of 2016.

The winner will receive the prize during the 5PYCheM where he might talk about his work.
Regulamentation :: PYCA 2016

European Young Chemists Network - EYCN

The EYCN is the division of young chemists of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) and was created in April, 1st, 2007 in Berlin. The young chemists of EuCheMS member states are represented by their national delegates.

The GQJ represents the Portuguese young chemists in all the activities promoted by the EYCN. The development and marketing of these activities across Europe requires an annual Delegates Assembly, which the GQJ had the honor to organize in Aveiro, between 6 and 9 of May, 2012.

All the EYCN activities can be found at or followed in facebook and twitter. For further comments or suggestions, please use!

GQJ leadership

  • 2016-2018

    Currently, and until 2018, the leadership of GQJ consists:

    Ana Rita Araújo
    Artur Moro
    Catarina Custódio
    João Borges
    Sara Amorim

  • 2014-2016

    Inst. Superior Técnico, Univ. Lisboa
    Fac. de Ciências e Tecnologia, Univ. Coimbra

    César Augusto da Silva Henriques
    David Soares Conceição
    Diana Sara Pereira Ferreira
    Gonçalo Fernando Ferreira de Sá

  • 2012-2014

    Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto

    Inês Maria Valente
    Luís Moreira Gonçalves
    Marisa Rocha

  • 2010-2012

    Universidade de Aveiro

    Vânia Calisto
    Sérgio Santos
    Mariana Sardo

  • 2008-2010

    Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa

    Carlos Baleizão
    Frederico Ferreira
    Pedro Góis

  • 2007
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  • Scientific manager for the SPQ
    • The Group of Young Chemists congratulates the announcement of a scientific manager for the SPQ for a period of 12 months (renewable for more 12 months).

      This initiative was defended by the GQJ, in various meetings of the SPQ, particularly in the last GA and follows our proposal that aims to bring our universities closer to the highschools that teach chemistry. This idea was discussed in the last GA and the direction of the SPQ determined its feasibility and defined the objectives for the future employee of the SPQ.

      The GQJ
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    Chemistry on wheels

    Chemistry in Portugal – what it is and what you can become
    The Youth Chemists Group aims to promote a nationwide action to promote Chemistry, as a successful professional decision and a relevant scientific area. The GQJ plans to perform workshops in major schools across the highly populated districts, but also in the municipalities of the interior. We call this initiative “Chemistry in Portugal – what it is and what you can become""

    Young Chem

    number 1

    July 2015

    number 2

    March 2016