ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

2nd ISC3 Stakeholder Forum 23-24 November 2020 – online

The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) will host its second Stakeholder Forum on 23-24 November 2020. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions, the Stakeholder Forum will be held virtually.  

The event will give an overview on the ISC3’s achieved milestones, an outline of upcoming topics and will continue to further the dialogue on sustainable chemistry.  

To learn more about Stakeholder Forum, take a look at our Stakeholder Forum’s report, which gives an insightful overview of our first Stakeholder Forum and the dialogue on sustainable chemistry.  


Preliminary Agenda 

The Stakeholder Forum will start both days at 1pm (UTC+1) to enable international participation across time zones.  

Day 1 – Review and Outlook on ISC3 milestones, Open Forum 

  • Review and Outlook on ISC3 milestones  

  • How to put the ISC3’s Common Understanding into practice? 

  • Results 1st ISC3 Workstream on Sustainable Building and Living, Focus on Plastics 

  • Results 1st ISC3 Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Sustainable Chemistry 

  • Open Forum for Stakeholders’ Projects 

Day 2 – Deep dive into topics – parallel Online-Workshops 

  • Global Sustainable Chemistry Week 2021: concept and participation  

  • Artificial Intelligence an and Digitalisation: the impact of Artificial Intelligence in Sustainable Chemistry 

  • ISC3 Focus topic: discussion on impact and insights 

  • ISC3 Global Start up Service and Innovation Challenge: way forward 

  • Gender and Sustainable Chemistry 

  • Circular Economy: the impact of Sustainable Chemistry for a circular economy 

  • Capacity Building for Sustainable Chemistry 

  • Youth engagement and dialouge on Sustainable Chemistry 


Organisational Information:  

Further information, including a detailed agenda, will be available by mid October.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please send an e-mail to event©


Data protection

In accordance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) please note the following: 

By participating in the Stakeholder Forum you agree to have your data stored and processed by the ISC3. Please note, that during the Stakeholder Forum photos and videos might be taken for documentation purposes and social media communication. We kindly request you to reach out to us if you want your data to be deleted after the event.


Professional Master M.Sc. Sustainable Chemistry - Advisory Sessions

The Leuphana University has - in cooperation with the ISC3 - established the world's first professional master's programme "M.Sc. Sustainable Chemistry". This innovative study programme provides professionals with a chemical background with a profound knowledge of the relevance and opportunities of sustainable chemistry. The curriculum ranges from the molecular level to global product flows, sustainability assessment and alternative business models for chemical products.
Advisory sessions for prospective students
For students who are interested in this M.Sc. Programme, Leuphana University offers the following advisory sessions:
9 September 2020, 16.00 – 18.00 (UTC+2)
Taster course: Introduction to the concept of Benign by Design with Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer (Head of the Study Program)
20 November 2020, 14.00 – 15.00 (UTC+1) and
4 December 2020, 14.00 – 15.00 (UTC+1)
Online-Info-Session: Registration & Admission with Dr. Myriam Elschami (Program Developer and Coordinator ISC3 Education Hub) and Lisa Keßler (Program Coordinator).
For the last two sessions, the university offers individual consulting appointments of 15 minutes each for a "Quick Check Application" - the registration can be done via the link below.
Please register here for all advisory sessions at Leuphana University

Partner Event: "3rd ECP Summer Summit" 17-18 September 2020 - online

The European Chemistry Partnering (ECP) connects start-ups and founders to investors and decision-makers. The 3rd ECP Summer Summit offers a wide range of topics from raw materials to the customers’ end-product focusing on sustainable innovations in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Keynotes, workshops, a digital exhibition and panel discussions, in addition to in-depth one-on-one conversations through various speed dating formats, encourage networking and knowledge sharing. In 2019 more than 800 participants attended the conference in Frankfurt, Germany, to discuss opportunities and challenges within the chemical sector.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s ECP Summer Summit will be held digitally, making use of presentation, video and chat functions.

The ECP takes place from Thursday, 17 September, 10:00 until Friday, 8 September 2020, 24:00 CEST, thereby enabling international exchange across time zones.

More information and how to register on the ECP’s website


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

For updates, please contact astrid.ewaz©

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.