2nd Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference

14 - 17 May 2017 | Hotel Intercontinental Berlin, Germany

As the world’s population edges towards 9 billion, the strain on the planet’s resources is steadily increasing. In both the developed and developing world there is a growing demand for food, manufactured goods and improved access to clean water and fuel.

Over the past 30 years it has become obvious that the products of human manufacture, even those produced to benefit society, can have negative effects on human health and the environment. The United Nations General Assembly has addressed these challenges in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have been adopted in 2015. A closer look shows that to meet these goals chemistry will play an important role. Also related to this is  that the UN Environmental Assembly-2 (UNEA-2) has named sustainable chemistry as an important building block within and beyond sound chemicals management.

As the first edition of this conference (Berlin, Germany, 4-6 April 2016) was very well received by the participants, the second Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference will again be a forum to address these challenges in a broad unique manner encompassing many diverse fields of Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

Other conferences in this field are focused mainly on the synthesis and technical aspects, however to contribute in a sustainable manner to the SDGs a much broader approach and exchange is necessary. The goal of the conference is therefore to bring together international researchers from academia and industry, from authorities and other institutions to communicate and share the latest developments across the broad and diverse fields of Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

Abstracts on green and sustainable chemistry that directly relate to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are particularly welcome.

Topics include:

  • Mineral resources and recycling
  • Resources for organic molecules
  • Synthesis and catalysis
  • Energy conversion
  • Green and sustainable pharmacy
  • Legislation and sustainable chemistry
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable chemistry 
  • Developing countries and sustainable chemistry
  • Industry and sustainable chemistry
  • Education

Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

Another unique feature of this conference will be the Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge. Projects can be in any field of Green or Sustainable Chemistry so long as they are applicable for use in developing countries. The top five candidates will be invited to this conference to make presentations to the panel of judges. The winners will be selected from these five finalists and an award ceremony will held at the end of the conference. The winning project in the challenge will receive EUR 50,000; the winner of the second prize will receive EUR 25,000.

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Sam Adu-Kumi

Dr. Sam Adu-Kumi, Environment Protection Agency, Ghana

Dr Ricardo Barra

Prof. Ricardo Barra, University of Concepcion, Chile

Prof. Dr. James Clark

Prof. Dr. James Clark, University of York, UK

Klaus Kümmerer

Björn Hansen, DG Environment, European Commission

Prof Martin Kayser

Prof. Martin Kayser,
BASF, Germany

Carol S.K. Lin

Prof. Carol S.K. Lin,
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Klaus Kümmerer

Prof. Dr. Thisbe Lindhorst,
President of the German Chemical Society

Ullhas Nimkar

Ullhas Nimkar,
NimkarTek Technical Services, India

Klaus Kümmerer

Sir Martyn Poliakoff, University of Nottingham, UK

Klaus Kümmerer

Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany

Magda Titirici

Prof. Magda Titirici, Queen Mary University of London, UK 

Dr. Jochen Flasbarth

Dr. Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany 

Conference Chair
Klaus Kümmerer

Klaus Kümmerer, Leuphana University of Luneberg, Germany

Rob van Daalen

Rob van Daalen, Elsevier, The Netherlands

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