ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre


Sustainable chemistry needs to be able to rely on the sound knowledge of executives, researchers and practitioners. The ISC3-Research & Education Hub screens, assesses, develops and implements international study programs of sustainable chemistry. For a proper understanding of sustainable chemistry, knowhow about green chemistry, i.e. synthesis and product related topics, needs to be complemented by a broad expertise on circular economy and product life cycle, recycling, feedstock, new business and service models, regulations, international chemicals management, environmental chemistry, toxicology and economics.

With the establishment of the International School for Sustainable Chemistry, the ISC3 aims at making sustainable chemistry an integral part of scientific and executive education. The ISC3-Research Hub offers scientific courses and trainings on a global level and helps interested third parties, such as universities or authorities especially from developing countries, to establish similar programs in their institutions. Furthermore, the ISC3-Research & Education Hub holds the Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry each year, which addresses not only academia but also aims to interlink young academics with professionals from authorities, industry, and non-governmental organizations. The summer school is complementary to the annual scientific Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry.


First Master Program in Sustainable Chemistry launched at Leuphana University

As a part of ISC3’s educational activities, the ISC3 Research & Education Hub has developed a first of its kind Master of Science in Sustainable Chemistry (M.Sc. SC) for international professionals. Launched in March 2020 at Leuphana University Professional School, the interdisciplinary program provides expert interdisciplinary training and teaches a broad understanding of sustainable chemistry along the life cycle of chemical products, services, and functions – from the molecular level to global resource and product flows.

The programme is aimed at highly motivated professionals with a degree (B.Sc. or M.Sc.) in chemistry, chemical, bio, and environmental engineering, pharmacy, biochemistry or related fields and at least one year of relevant work experience who wish to integrate expertise in sustainability into their professional portfolio.

The M.Sc. in Sustainable Chemistry is designed as a blended learning program, combining e-learning with clustered classroom sessions including lectures, seminars, group work, and laboratory exercises. This way, professionals may complete the program from wherever they are based, while still having the chance to meet their peers on-site at Leuphana University. The M.Sc. Sustainable Chemistry at Leuphana Professional School is an important milestone for the integration of sustainable chemistry into the higher education of researchers, executives, and practitioners.

Find more about the Master Programme and how to apply here

Find more about the Master Programme and its curriculum here

Certificate Courses

The Leuphana University offers Certificate Courses for applicants who do not intend to participate in the entire Master of Science in Sustainable Chemistry Program. Students have the opportunity to complete selected modules of the Master program in two certificate courses ("Sustainable Chemistry and Regulatory Affairs" and "Sustainable Chemistry and Benign by Design"). The courses are graduated with a university certificate and 20 credit points. Credits received, and fees paid during the certificate course can be taken into account if students later decide to complete the entire Master program.

Find more about the Certificate Courses here


In cooperation with the ISC3: Professional Master in Sustainable Chemistry (M.Sc.) at the Leuphana University

Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development

The Summer School is an annual event - one week in September - jointly organized by the ISC3 Research and Education Hub and the Leuphana University in Lüneburg. During the program participants learn about the latest developments around the concepts of sustainable chemistry including chemicals management. The summer school has been held since 2015.

Target audience of the Summer School are postgraduates, PhD-students as well as young professionals from industry, public authorities, research and non-governmental organizations professionally interested in the topic of sustainable chemistry as a cross-cutting issue. The international trainers’ team consists of scientists and practitioners actively operating in sustainable chemistry-related fields or international co-operations.

The program comprises lectures, practical exercises, case studies, group discussions, a field trip and a laboratory tour to exemplify important aspects of sustainable chemistry. At the end of the Summer School the participants will receive a certificate.

The focus changes every year according to the ongoing discussion on sustainable chemistry. Topics dealt with so far are: “Renewable Energy” (2019), “Sustainable Building and Living” (2018), "Sustainable Chemistry and e-Waste" (2017), "Sustainable Textiles" (2016) and "Sustainable Chemistry in International Cooperation" (2015).