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Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference Coming Up May 14-17
Posted on May 8th, 2017 by Matt Weber in Chemical R&D
Big green ideas will be in the spotlight from May 14-17 as the second Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference takes place in Berlin, Germany. This conference aims to create a forum for a broad dialogue that encompasses many different fields, and is particularly focused on engaging in discussion around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015.
Among the many topics on deck at the conference are mineral resources and recycling, resources for organic molecules, synthesis and catalysis, green and sustainable pharmacy, energy conversion and education, as well as the relationship between sustainable chemistry and industry, legislation and developing countries. The list of speakers scheduled to participate, which represents academia, government and industry, includes Dr. Martin Kayser of BASF, Dr. Rajender S. Varma of the U.S. EPA and Professor James Clark of the University of York, to name just a handful.
“The field of Green and Sustainable Chemistry has developed to help us understand, monitor and limit the changes to our world caused by varying levels of chemicals in the environment,” wrote Christina Valimaki, Elsevier Senior Director of Strategic Marketing for the Chemicals Industry, in a blog post about last year’s conference. “As the human population continues to grow exponentially, so does the demand for food, manufactured goods, fuel and access to clean water, which strain the planet’s resources. Green and Sustainable Chemistry focuses on methods to reduce waste and to use energy and resources to their fullest potentials, and is currently the fastest-growing field among manuscripts submitted to chemistry journals.” With the stakes so high, the need to gather the brightest minds in science to talk about problem-solving is more important than ever.
The winner of the Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge, which welcomes projects in the areas of sustainable or green chemistry that can be used in developing countries, will be announced at the conference. The five best candidates will present their projects, with a panel of judges awarding EUR 50,000 to the winner and EUR 25,000 to the second place finisher. Last year, at the inaugural Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference, the five proposals selected for the Challenge were drawn from a total of 495 submissions.
This year we will also gather a diverse group of thought leaders for a special Executive Roundtable, which will take place on May 16. The roundtable will include Dr. Eric Bischof (Covestro AG), Prof. Dr. Klaus Kummerer (Leuphana University of Luneberg), Mr. Marco Mensink (European Chemical Industry Council) and Mr. Ettigounder Ponnusamy (Sigma-Aldrich). They will try to answer the question “How can industry better demonstrate the value of ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ across its value chains and end consumers?’ and explore what it means to their R&D efforts and the needs of their customers.
One of the highlights of last year’s conference was an interview that Valimaki conducted with Paul Hodges, a 30-year veteran of the chemicals industry who serves as chairman of International eChem. Hodges drove home the urgency of solving the pressing demands at our doorstep, from developing affordable products for our growing senior population to tackling pollution. “We have a massive and increasing problem of waste,” he said. “And this is something that I think the people who are contributing to this conference are eminently capable, and certainly from the posters I’ve been seeing and the sessions I’ve been attending, an enormous enthusiasm for tackling these issues.”
The second Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference will offer chemicals industry players and scientists another opportunity to work together in pursuit of solutions to these problems. The conference will be held at the Hotel Intercontinental in Berlin from May 14-17. Visit www.greensuschemconf.com to learn more.
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