Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference

3 - 6 April 2016 | Intercontinental Hotel, 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 field of Green and Sustainable Chemistry has developed to help monitor, understand and limit the changes to our world due to the varying levels of chemicals in our environment. It seeks for methods to reduce waste, energy and use of resources. This will not only contribute to a more sustainable growth of industry but also to a more green economy and environment.

A unique aspect of this conference is its broad scope, addressing the many diverse fields of Green and Sustainable Chemistry, while other meetings in this field are focused mainly on the synthesis aspects. The goal of the meeting is to bring together international researchers, from academia and industry, to communicate and share the latest developments across the broad and diverse fields of Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

Topics include:

  • Mineral resources and recycling
  • Non-fossil sources for old and new organic molecules
  • Synthesis and solvents
  • Catalysis and engineering
  • Green and sustainable products
  • Sustainable substance and material flows
  • Renewable energies
  • New business models
  • Ethics, legislation and economics

Another unique feature of this conference will be the 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.

Please note: Due to an overwhelming response to our Call for Abstracts we are extending the conference to start on the evening of Sunday 3 April 2016


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Opening Address
Klaus Kümmerer

Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer, Germany

Welcome Address
Dr Barbara Hendricks

Dr Barbara Hendricks, German Federal Government

Thisbe Lindhorst

Prof. Dr. Thisbe Lindhorst, Germany

Philippe Terheggen

Philippe Terheggen, The Netherlands

Opening Keynote Talk
Paul Anastas
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Conference Chairman

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Organised by
  • BASF
  • Cefic
  • Evonik
  • SusChem
  • Symrise
  • Elsevier R&D
  • UNEP
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