23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and 9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry | June 11 - 13, 2019

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Dates: 11-13 June 2019
Location: Reston, Virginia
Submission Deadline: 10 September 2018 (Closed)
Notification of acceptance by: 8 October 2018

The American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) and the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference Series are pleased to announce a joint event. The 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and 9th International Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference will be held together from 11-13 June 2019 in Reston, Virginia (in the Washington DC metro area). The Conference Organizing Committee is issuing this call for symposia. Below you can find topics that are of particular interest for the 2019 Conference.

The Committee requests that all proposals reflect ACS GCI’s mission to advance the implementation of green and sustainable chemistry and engineering practices across the global chemistry enterprise.

The overarching theme of the conference in 2019 will revolve around “closing the loop” of the chemical life cycle, so there will be a special emphasis on chemicals and materials recycling.  As in previous years, the committee is looking for proposals that span the breadth and depth of green and sustainable chemistry and engineering topics.  However, this year we are particularly interested in symposia that emphasize a systems level, life cycle perspective. We especially want to focus on the role green and sustainable chemistry plays in the design and implementation of recycling, separation (chemical/molecular vs physical), and concentration or valorization of byproducts/wastes/waste heat/CO2 and other chemicals.

The committee is seeking proposals that include diverse perspectives from basic scientists, industrial scientists, business leaders, students, government, NGOs, etc. Proposal submitters should creatively design their sessions to be highly interactive (e.g., facilitate lively discussion; include sufficient time for Q&A, rapid-fire sessions, workshop-based learning, debates, etc.). Attendees should leave each session with a clear idea of how they can use the session outcomes in their professional careers. Submitters are asked to describe how these outcomes will be achieved in the session and should provide potential speakers and/or topics of presentations.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fundamental scientific advances related to separation and conversion of waste or by-products to valuable materials
  • How design strategies incorporating systems and life cycle thinking are used to make more sustainable, renewable and recyclable chemicals, chemistries and processes
  • Success stories in using “Design for” (e.g., recycling, reuse, manufacture, etc.) strategies and methodologies in chemical route, process and product design, development and demonstration
  • Developing processes and products that facilitate sustainability and achievement of UN sustainable development goals
  • Chemistry Education: Development of curricula and curricular materials to infuse green and sustainable chemistry throughout education (i.e., circular economy, systems thinking, LCI/A, function-based design, etc.)
  • Chemicals, chemistries and processes that enable a circular, more sustainable economy
  • Materials that are designed to enable a closed loop, more sustainable economy in:
    • the built environment (e.g., homes, offices, manufacturing, etc.)
    • apparel and footwear
    • electronics
    • materials assembly (i.e., automotive, aerospace, etc.)
    • packaging
    • construction
  • Innovative approaches to:
    • collaborations between government, academia and industry
    • government policy that enables the closed loop transformation
    • tools for process and product design and simulation
    • green and sustainable chemistry and engineering metrics
    • assessment methodologies that enable the closed loop economy
  • Topics in green chemistry and engineering unrelated to theme are also welcome

Proposals should include the following information:

  • A brief statement describing the rationale/need for this topic at the meeting (500 words or less);
  • A description of the practice gaps that will be addressed during the symposium. This description should focus on how addressing these gaps will advance green chemistry and engineering in this area;
  • Proposed speakers (with affiliations), anticipated topics of presentations and proposed mix of invited and contributed presentations.
  • Plans/methods for creating an interactive environment during the session. Workshops and panel discussions are encouraged.

The submission period is now closed. All symposium submissions are being reviewed by the Advisory Committee and applicants will be notified of decisions by 8 October 2018. If you have questions, please contact us at the email address above.

We are looking forward to an exciting event as we bring together a diverse scientific community to advance green chemistry and engineering research, education and sustainable technologies.