ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

Webinar Series "Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development. Opportunities and Challenges"

The ISC3, the National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII) of Uruguay and the German International Cooperation (GIZ), have initiated a new series of webinars taking place five to six times in the year. The webinars support a regional discussion about Sustainable Chemistry; its opportunities to foster the SDGs and Agenda 2030, as well as its technological opportunities and challenges.

Target Group and Application

The webinars target specifically the audience in Latin and South America providing information and discussion opportunities and thus increasing the attention and awareness about the links between Sustainable Chemistry and Sustainable Development. The series also facilitates the dialogue between different stakeholders in this region, clarifying synergies and opening windows for cross-sectoral collaboration and regional learning processes. In 2020, two further webinars will address key activities to advance Sustainable Chemistry.

Upcoming webinars

  • October 2020 (Date TBD): Entrepreneurship Support and qualified Acceleration Services
  • November 2020 (Date TBD): Collaboration and Exchange Opportunities in the Fields of Science and Education

Once the exact dates are set, they will be published here and in the ISC3 and ANII social media channels.

Webinars already held

23 June 2020 "Future Policy Award: Protection from Hazardous Chemicals"

The first Webinar took place in cooperation with the Future World Council. Participants could learn about this opportunity that highlights exemplary laws and policies protecting people and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The Chair of the World Future Council, Alexandra Wandel, described the features and principles of a good policy, as well as provided participants with some hints to nominate laws or policies for the Award. More information on the WFC website

6th Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development, 21-25 September 2020 – online

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.

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 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. The Summer School is again free of charge.

More information about registration and a preliminary program 

Investor Forum and Innovation Showcase, 21-23 October 2020 – online

x-x-x Update: The Investor Forum will be held VIRTUALLY. More information coming soon! x-x-x

The second edition of the Investor Forum, organised 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.

Agenda: Catalysing Innovation through Investments in Sustainable Chemistry

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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.