ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

Launch of the first Master's Degree Programme in Sustainable Chemistry, Lüneburg, Germany

x-x-x Update: The celebration for the start of the degree programme has been cancelled. The course started with e-learning seminars with participants from different regions, with different chemistry-related backgrounds and professional experiences as planned on 16 March 2020. x-x-x

The world’s first Professional Master in Sustainable Chemistry starts at the Leuphana University with an opening event on 19 March 2020. The interdisciplinary and internationally-oriented master's programme was jointly designed by the ISC3 (International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre) and the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry of Leuphana. It is hosted by the Professional School of Leuphana. By educating scientists in sustainable chemistry, the course aims to make better use of the potential of chemistry for the sustainable development of our society.

The course contents are mainly taught via e-learning. Lectures, seminars, and practical laboratory course are combined in three attendance blocks in Lüneburg. The professional master's programme starts annually in March with up to 25 students. The internationally recognised degree is designed for professionals with a background in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental engineering, pharmacy, or related fields who wish to acquire further qualification in the field of sustainability in chemistry.

At the opening event, representatives of the German Federal Environment Agency and Symrise AG will give lectures and speak with students, teachers, and developers of the study program. The English-language event will begin at 2 p.m. in Lecture Hall 5 on the Leuphana campus at Universitätsallee 1, 21335 Lüneburg.



5th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference 8 - 11 November 2020, Dresden, Germany

x-x-x Update: The Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference has been postponed to 8 - 11 November 2020. The venue remains Dresden x-x-x

In its 5th edition, the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference addresses the role of chemistry in contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including in developing countries. The conference is chaired by Prof. Klaus Kümmerer, Director of the ISC3 Research & Education Hub and Director of the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry of the Leuphana University, and organized by Elsevier, the Leuphana University, Luneburg, and the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre. The conference aims to provide a multi-disciplinary forum for participants from academia, industry, politics, NGOs, and other areas to address today's sustainability challenges.

Session Topics

  • Energy conversion and storage
  • CO2 utilization/Sustainable chemistry and climate change
  • Solving the micro- and nano-plastic issue
  • Sustainable chemistry in society
  • Waste recycling and re-use: From e-waste to bio-resources
  • Artificial intelligence for solving sustainability problems
  • Recent advances in green synthesis and catalysis
  • Start-ups and sustainable chemistry
  • Sustainable chemistry and environmental science
  • Green analytical techniques
  • Photochemistry and photocatalysis
  • Sustainable Chemistry and developing countries– Focus on Africa

During the conference, the winners of the Elsevier Foundation's Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge and the ISC3-Entrepreneurial Spirit Award will be announced. This joint challenge from Elsevier and the ISC3 aims to inspire new ideas and a significant contribution to sustainability from chemists that can be applied directly to and benefit the developing world.

Investor Forum and Innovation Showcase at DECHEMA, Frankfurt, Germany

x-x-x Update: The Investor Forum was originally scheduled for 14 May 2020 and has been postponed. We will inform about a new date soon. x-x-x

The second edition of the Investor Forum, organized by the ISC3 and Think Beyond™ Innovation Accelerator, will explore how sustainable chemistry can support innovations in achieving the SDGs. Participants will discuss the role of frontier capital and blended financing mechanisms to secure the innovation pipeline, and the dynamics of the innovation eco-system.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals requires massive technological changes in multiple areas such as energy, new materials, bioeconomy, construction, agriculture and others. The chemical sector is a key contributor to these changes and is capable of producing an innovation pipeline that can transform energy production and storage, insulation materials, environmentally friendly food production and more. How can this innovation be identified, developed, supported and adequately financed? What are the proper financial mechanisms that support this emerging innovation pipeline? What is the role of science, industry and innovation infrastructure to support this vital process?

The Investor Forum will bring together founders, investors, scientists as well as decision-makers from industry and politics, to explore these crucial questions. The panel discussions will be matched by pitching sessions and innovation showcases of cutting-edge entrepreneurs, as well as speed dating and networking opportunities with international investors. The Investor Forum will also host the award ceremony and presentations of the finalists of the global ISC3 Innovation Challenge in Sustainable Building and Living.

Date: Coming soon

Venue: DECHEMA, Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25, Frankfurt am Main

Agenda: Catalysing Innovation through Investments in Sustainable Chemistry

Please register here if you would like to attend the Investor Forum

6th Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development, 21-25 September 2020, Lüneburg, Germany

The annual Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development is jointly organized by the ISC3 Research and Education Hub and Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Participants learn about the latest developments in the concepts of sustainable chemistry and chemicals management. During the training event from 21 to 25 September 2020, students and professionals from all over the world get together at the campus of the university.

Focus 2020: At the Nexus of Sustainable Chemistry and Water

This year’s Summer School will focus on water and discuss the opportunities and benefits of sustainable chemistry in the handling of water, taking a close look at usage, pollution, and purification. After a theoretical introduction, participants will exchange their knowledge and experience in practical exercises, excursions, and workshops. The practice-oriented program illustrates and deepens the topic of sustainable chemistry and its importance for water. The trainer’s team of the summer school consist of scientists and practitioners who actively operate in different fields of sustainable chemistry in institutions, NGOs, and international cooperation.

Target Group and Application

The Summer School aims at postgraduates and young professionals who deal with or are professionally interested in the topic of sustainable chemistry as a crosscutting issue. A very limited number of travel grants is available only for participants who cannot afford travelling to Germany by their own means (Travel Grant application deadline 15.03.2020). The Summer School is again free of charge, but students have to pay for their accommodation and all meals.

More information about registration, travel grants, and a preliminary program