ISC3

Stakeholder Engagement

ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

How we engage with our stakeholders

As a globally acting institution, the ISC3 is committed to help transforming chemistry in cooperation with all stakeholders. Key elements of the ISC3 stakeholder engagement are the Advisory Board and the Scientific Board as well as the ISC3 Stakeholder Forum, three complementary fora allowing the ISC3 share experiences and discuss the working programme of the ISC3. In addition to these three elements of stakeholder engagement the ISC3 invites representatives from all sectors to engage on specific topics by participating in the ISC3 Workstreams.

Advisory Board and Scientific Board

The Advisory Board and the Scientific Board are at the very heart of the ISC3 stakeholder engagement. The boards support the mission of the ISC3 as well as the international dialogue on the emerging concept of sustainable chemistry by providing advice, know-how and networking activities. Working in the spirit of international collaboration for sustainable development, the Advisory Board and the Scientific Board are committed to an open, constructive and transparent dialogue, providing the ISC3 with inspiration, critical review and strategic advice.

The members of the Advisory Board and the Scientific Board engage in the dialogue based on their personal and professional experience, providing expert advice on technical, scientific and communication issues as well as advice on the mid-term and long-term goals of the ISC3. The members are duly invited to engage in dialogue and promote the mission of the ISC3 emerging concept of sustainable chemistry using all appropriate international cooperation platforms and networks.

The Advisory Board as well as the Scientific Board convene two meetings each year. The meetings of the Boards are closed sessions. The agreed results from the meetings are published in all transparency to stakeholders without naming individual members; the aim is to inform all interested parties about the boards’ advice.

The members of the Advisory Board are appointed by the ISC3 until the end of 2020. Membership of the Advisory Board as well as of the Scientific Board is an honorary position.

3rd Meeting of the ISC3 Advisory and Scientific Board, 8 July 2020

The 3rd Meeting of the ISC3 Boards was held as a virtual event, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting started with a joint session of the Boards, bringing together the experts of the Advisory Board and the Scientific Board for the report on the current status of the centre and the ongoing activities. Dr. Detlef Schreiber, Acting Director of the ISC3, gave an overview of the achievements of the ISC3 since the launch of the centre in May 2017. He indicated the important milestone including the set-up of the ISC3 Global Start-up Service, the first ISC3 Stakeholder Forum, and the launch of the first Master of Sustainable Chemistry (MSc) at Leuphana University.

Furthermore, the first part of the meeting was the moment to welcome the incoming Managing Director of the ISC3, Dr. Frank Fecher. The renowned GIZ-expert for chemicals management and international cooperation will lead the ISC3 into the next phase beyond 2020.

Beneath the overview on the milestones, more detailed reports on three key topics were given and discussed with board members. The Boards were introduced to the key messages from stakeholders received during the dialogue process "Towards a Common Understanding of Sustainable Chemistry". Regarding the first ISC3 workstream "Sustainable Building and Living", the participants were invited to reflect on possible future foresight topics, which lead to a lively discussion. Finally, a report on the first ISC3 Innovation Challenge was given, introducing the members to the finalists and the next steps towards the award ceremony.

The joint meeting closed with the outlook on ISC3's activities for 2020 and beyond. Building on the gained experiences and achievements, the ISC3 will continue both the work on sustainable chemistry and the successful partnerships with Leuphana University and DECHEMA e.v.. Dr. Frank Fecher presented the future activity fields of the centre, which will build ongoing activities while giving more effort into international collaboration, capacity building and further strategic development. The overarching goal beyond 2020 will be to strengthen the contributions of the ISC3 to the breakthrough of Sustainable Chemistry. This will be achieved through international partnerships and dialogue, innovation and start-up support, further research and education activities as well as contributions to capacity building in developing countries and emerging economies.

After the joint meeting, the boards hold separate meetings for a more detailed discussion with members of the Scientific and Advisory Board, respectively. The agenda of the meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board included a scientific reflection on the development of the Common Understanding of Sustainable Chemistry, a report on the scientific dialogue on entropy change as a suitable measure for chemical sustainability, and upcoming research topics.

Meanwhile, the Advisory Board debated an update of the Global Start-Up Service and discussed ideas for the upcoming ISC3 Innovation Challenge. The advisory board members and the ISC3 also reflected on how companies and "Small and medium-sized enterprises " (SMEs) can be better involved in the ISC3 work programme.

Advisory Board

From left to right: Berthold Welling (VCI, Initiative “Chemie³); Sascha Gabizon (WECF); Johannes Wagner and Rebecca Freitag (UN Youth Delegates); Stefan Haver (Evonik, Initiative “Together for Sustainability”); Bob Diderich (OECD), Achim Halpaap (UN Evironment); Dr. Pierre Barthélemy (cefic), Dr. Stefanie Deuser (BASF, ICCA); Friedrich Barth (ISC3)

The members of the Advisory Board are recognized experts and/or representatives of international organizations and networks taking interest in the development and implementation of sustainable chemistry as a contribution to sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The following institutions and initiatives are represented in the ISC3 Advisory Board:

Public Sector & International Organisations

  • Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
  • Chemicals Control and Management Centre, Ghana
  • Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, Austria
  • OECD - Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • UN Environment, Chemicals and Health Branch

Private Sector & Industry Initiatives

  • Cefic – European Chemical Industry Council
  • “Chemie³ - Sustainability Initiative of the German Chemicals Industry” represented by VCI – German Chemicals Industry Association
  • ICTA – International Chemical Trade Association
  • ICCA - International Council of the Chemical Associations, represented by BASF SE
  • MVO Nederland/CSR Netherlands
  • „Togehter for Sustainability“, represented by Evonik Industries AG

Civil Society & Unions

  • IndustriAll Europe
  • WECF - Women Engage for a Common Future
  • WWF – World Wildlife Fund
  • Youth Delegates to High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations

Innovation & Startup Expertise

  • Green ChemisTree Foundation, India
  • High-Tech Gründerfonds, Germany
  • Institute for Systems and Innovation Research at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Representatives of the founding institutions of the ISC3, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as well as the German Environment Agency (UBA), shall be invited to Advisory Board meetings as guests. Further guests may be invited at the request of the ISC3 and the Advisory Board

Scientific Board

From left to right: Prof. Alexei Lapkin (University of Cambridge); Dr. Avatar Matharu (University of York); Xin Hui (Sichuan University); Dr. Mahjoub Borhane (University of Sousse); Prof. Vania Zuin (University of São Carlos, SP); Prof. Klaus Kümmerer (ISC3, Leuphana University Luneburg); Friedrich Barth (ISC3)

The members of the Scientific Board are recognized experts in field of green and sustainable chemistry science and/or closely related fields of science taking interest in the development and implementation of sustainable chemistry as a contribution to sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The following scientific institutions are represented in the ISC3 Scientific Board:

  • Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, Institute of Chemistry and Problems of Sustainable Development, Russia
  • Sichuan University, Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Technology, PR China
  • Technical University Berlin, Center for Entrepreneurship, Germany
  • University of Cambridge, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, UK
  • University of Concepción, Faculty of Environmental Sciences/EULA Chile Centre, Chile
  • University of Kiel, Otto Diels-Institute for Organic Chemistry, Germany
  • Federal University of São Carlos, Department of Chemistry, Group of Study and Research in Green Chemistry, Sustainability and Education, SP, Brazil
  • University of Sousse, Institut Supérieur Agronomique de Chott-Meriem, Tunisia
  • University of York Green Chemistry Centre at the Department of Chemistry, UK
  • Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, USA

Representatives of the founding institutions of the ISC3, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as well as the German Environment Agency (UBA), shall be invited to Scientific Board meetings as guests. Further guests may be invited at the request of the ISC3 and the Scientific Board.