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FAQs for E-poster Presenters

Q. When is the 2020 Green Chemistry & Engineering Virtual Conference?

The conference will be held virtually from June 15-19, 2020. As a presenter you should have received a scheduling notice the week of May 11. If you have not received your scheduling notice email gceconferences@acs.org.

Q. What will be the format for this virtual conference?

Just like an in-person meeting, this virtual conference offers scientists to convene and to share their latest research and findings. Most technical presentations will be available for viewing the week of June 15-19 at the time indicated on the full schedule. Each technical session will be followed by a live Q&A session where the audience can engage the speakers. There will be daily virtual poster sessions as well as virtual networking opportunities. It’s a great way to connect with your colleagues even if you can’t meet face to face.

Q. How do I attend the 2020 GC&E Virtual Conference?

Registration is free but you must register for the virtual conference. If you do not register, you will not be provided login information for the virtual conference platform. Register here.

Q. How do I register and get updated conference information?

Visit the registration page for updated conference information and to register.

Q. Is registration free for everyone?

Yes. Please let your colleagues know that they are welcome to register for the conference.

Q. How do I record & upload my poster presentation?

All content must be uploaded by Wednesday, June 3. An email with detailed instructions on how to record and upload their poster presentations was sent to E-poster presenters on May 22. If you have not received this email notice you should email gceconferences@acs.org.

Q. Is my session recorded?

Yes, the poster session and live discussion is recorded and available for on-demand viewing within the virtual conference platform for 90 days after the virtual conference ends.

Q. What if I don’t want to be recorded?

Before uploading your presentation you will be asked to sign a consent form. Indicate on the consent form that you do not want your presentation recorded. However, live discussions will be recorded and available on-demand.

Q. Will on-demand (i.e., YouTube-style) viewing be available to anyone?

Only registered attendees will have access to on-demand viewing.

Q. What does a virtual poster session look like?

    1. Your pre-recorded e-poster can be viewed during your scheduled day/time in the virtual conference platform.
    2. You will be able to respond to questions through the Chat function.
    3. IMPORTANT – Times listed in the conference schedule are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00.

Q. Do I have to participate chat function of the e-poster?

Since the interactive live e-poster chat is such an important component of the virtual conference we ask presenters to make every effort to participate, but it is not mandatory.

Q. Who do I contact if I have questions?

E-mail gceconferences@acs.org

FAQs for Oral Presenters

Q. When is the 2020 Green Chemistry & Engineering Virtual Conference?

The conference will be held virtually from June 15-19, 2020. As a presenter you should have received a scheduling notice the week of May 11. If you have not received your scheduling notice email gceconferences@acs.org.

Q. What will be the format for this virtual conference?

Just like an in-person meeting, this virtual conference offers scientists a place to convene and to share their latest research and findings. Most technical presentations will be available for viewing the week of June 15-19 at the time indicated on the full schedule. Each technical session will be followed by a live Q&A session where the audience can engage the speakers. There will be daily virtual poster sessions as well as virtual networking opportunities. It’s a great way to connect with your colleagues even if you can’t meet face to face.

Q. How do I attend the 2020 GC&E Virtual Conference?

Registration is free and all presenters must register for the virtual conference. Once you register, you will receive login information for the virtual conference platform. If you do not register, you will not be provided login information for the virtual conference platform. Register now.

Q. How do I register and get updated conference information?

Visit the registration page for updated conference information and to register.

Q. Is registration free for everyone?

Yes. Please let your colleagues know that they are welcome to register for the conference.

Q. How do I record & upload my presentation?

All content must be uploaded by Wednesday, June 3. An email with detailed instructions on how to record and upload their presentations was sent to presenters on May 22. If you have not received this email notice you should email gceconferences@acs.org.

Q. Is my session recorded?

All technical presentations and pre-recorded and made available during the virtual conference. Presenters have the choice to have their pre-recorded presentations available for on-demand viewing within the virtual conference platform until September 27. Presenters have the ability to choose on-demand viewing as part of the presentation upload process. All live discussions during the virtual conference will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing.

Q. What if I don’t want to be recorded?

Before uploading your presentation you will be asked to sign a consent form. Indicate on the consent form that you do not want your presentation available for on-demand viewing. However, live discussions will be recorded and available on-demand.

Q. Will on-demand (i.e., YouTube-style) viewing be available to anyone?

Only registered attendees will have access to on-demand viewing.

Q. What does a virtual technical session look like?

    1. The session begins with a 5 minute pre-recorded message from the technical session presider.
    2. The pre-recorded presentations are viewed during a scheduled day/time in the virtual conference platform.
    3. After the presentations the speakers and attendees are asked to join a GoToWebinar room. For security purposes, all attendees will need to register for the discussion sessions in GoToWebinar. These registrations links are available in the session descriptions in the virtual conference platform.
    4. Speakers, during the live discussion or the live panel Q&A, can speak and respond to questions. Questions will come in through the chat function and be read by the moderator to the presenters/panelists.
    5. IMPORTANT – Times listed in the conference schedule are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-04:00.

Q. Do I have to participate in the live discussion?

Since the interactive live discussion is such an important component of the virtual conference we ask speakers to make every effort to participate, but it is not mandatory.

Q. What is the difference between a live discussion and a live panel Q&A?

Some organizers have asked for a live panel discussion instead of a live discussion. Your organizer will inform you if you are part of a live panel discussion. It is also indicated in the schedule posted on the GC&E website and the virtual conference platform.

Q. Will a script be provided for the introductory remarks?

Housekeeping notes will be provided to those who are identified as giving the remarks. Those remarks will include information on how to use the virtual platform and how to enter the live discussion group. The rest of the content for the introductory remarks should be decided by the symposia organizers and the person giving the introductory remarks.

Q. For the live discussion, do presenters need to send slides to someone ahead of time or will they be able to share one of their screens?

Slides do not need to be provided in advance for the live discussion portion. If a presenter would like to use their slides, they will have the ability to share their screen. Note: Slides are not required for discussion groups. The discussions are meant to be interactive talking and questions and answers and not presentations of slides.

Q. Will presenters be able to conduct polls during their live session?

This will be handled on a case to case basis. This request should be submitted to their symposium organizer and a staff moderator will follow-up to make arrangements.

Q. Is there an option to unmute audience members during the live discussion?

No. By default the audience will be muted during the live discussion. All questions will be collected through the chat function and fielded to the speaker by the session organizer or moderator.

Q. In the live discussion, who can see the Chat function?

The panelists, speakers, staff moderators and symposia organizers are able see the chat function.

Q. Can audience members have the option to message presenters?

Only the panelists have the ability to message presenters. The audience members should specify who their question is directed at.

Q. Who do I contact if I have questions?

E-mail gececonferences@acs.org or contact your ACS staff liaison. The contact list for staff liaisons is uploaded at the top of this presenter resource page on the GC&E website.

Daily Program at a Glance

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM
Welcome and Introduction
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Keynote Address & Live Questions

  • Each day begins with a keynote address.
  • The keynote speech will be followed by a live 20-minute Q&A. Attendees may submit questions via chat; the speaker will respond questions via live video.
12:00 PM – 12:55 PM
Posters, Exhibits, Product Showcase, and Networking Activities

  • Attendees will interact with presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors through the virtual conference platform
1:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Technical Sessions and Live Discussions

  • Each technical session is pre-recorded, but with a live Q&A taking place during this window. Individual Q&A times will be listed within the conference platform. You may submit your questions via chat after watching each presentation; the speakers and moderators will respond to your questions in real time during each Q&A session.
  • The Live discussions will take place in Zoom. For security purposes attendees must register for each live discussion. The registration links for the live discussions will be posted in the virtual conference platform on June 8.
  • Times for technical sessions and Q&As are subject to change based on individual session schedules.
2:45 PM – 3:05 PM
Networking Activities

  • Attendees will interact with exhibitors and sponsors through the virtual conference platform
3:05 PM – 4:50 PM
  • Each technical session is pre-recorded, but with a live Q&A taking place during this window. Individual Q&A times will be listed within the conference platform. You may submit your questions via chat after watching each presentation; the speakers and moderators will respond to your questions in real time during each Q&A session.
  • The Live discussions will take place in Zoom. For security purposes attendees must register for each live discussion. The registration links for the live discussions will be posted in the virtual conference platform on June 8.
  • Times for technical sessions and Q&As are subject to change based on individual session schedules.
4:50 PM – 5:30 PM
#gcande Twitter Virtual Happy Hour

  • Continue the conversation on social media using #gcande

Enabling a Circular Economy for Materials in the Consumer Goods Industry

Organizers: Thomas A. Kwan, Sustainability and Green Product Engineer, Unilever Science & Technology; Paul D. Price, Bio-Sourcing Technical Leader, Unilever Science & Technology.

Chemicals employed in home and personal care products face several distinct challenges towards implementing circular economy strategies, including dispersive use, linear lifecycles, and high volumes. Green Chemistry & Engineering, as well as regenerative agriculture and renewable feedstocks, can help address these barriers. To succeed, systems thinking and innovation are necessary drivers throughout all phases of research and development for chemicals and products alike.

This symposium will actively engage communities and stakeholders to bridge technical understanding, needs, and opportunities towards facilitating circular economy principles in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. Academic, business, NPO/NGOs, government, and emerging experts are encouraged to submit session talks. All aspects of technology, cost, safety, and sustainability across materials and life cycles relevant to home and personal care goods will be considered.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the development of:

  • Low cost and high-volume renewable feedstocks
  • Scalable and cost-efficient processing
  • Biotechnology
  • Utilization of waste streams
  • Chemical design for environmental, safety, and product performance
  • Design for chemical end of life

3rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Product Innovation Showcase

Integrated into our popular GC&E Poster Session & Reception, the Showcase will feature companies who are using the design principles of green chemistry and engineering to create or contribute to innovative products. Participating companies will present a “hands-on” display of the product and describe the products greener technical innovations.

For your abstract to be considered for presentation the following must be included:
• Describe how the principles of green chemistry and green engineering were used in the creation of the product.
• Describe how the product improves the health, safety and/or environmental impact compared to existing products. Please include metrics, third-party testing, certification, and description of chemistry when possible.
• Describe the scientific or process innovations that went into this product.
• Include a picture or link to your product.

If you are a B2B, please give an example of an end consumer product.

Information Driving Greener Design: Uncertainty in estimating systems accuracy and its impact on decision-making

Organizers: Hans Plugge, Senior Toxicologist, Manager Safer Chemical Analytics, Verisk 3E; Jakub Kostal, George Washington University; Emma Lavoie, EPA

This session focuses on the often controversial and challenging topic of uncertainty in toxicological data and regulatory decision-making. Practitioners must often reconcile data from multiple sources and types of data (e.g. in silico, in vitro, in vivo), which may rely on widely different protocols and approximations. The sheer magnitude of available in silico and in vitro data is both crucial to advancing the assessment of industrial chemicals and their inherent risks, as well as problematic, as it limits human review and expert judgment of data quality. It is important to stress that the magnitude and diversity of datasets available for regulatory assessments will increase in future years as a result of the push for integrated testing strategies. The session format aims for roundtable-style discussions, engaging stakeholders from academia, industry and government. Discussion will follow the ‘storyline’ of problems encountered and available solutions, progressing from i) uncertainty in raw experimental and computational model data, ii) uncertainty in combining multiple data sources and types, iii) approaches to incorporating uncertainty in toxicology, environmental health and chemical databases, iv) strategies for handling uncertainty in regulatory decision-making, and v) communicating uncertainty in public dissemination of toxicological data and assessments.

Information Driving Greener Design: Design & Use of Safer Chemicals to Meet Market Demand

Organizers: Bridget Williams, US EPA Safer Choice Program; Kathleen Compton, Pollution Prevention Coordinator, US EPA Region 10; Kendra Tyler, Safer Choice Lead, US EPA Region 10

Chemical design to meet marketing needs can sometimes overlook chemical safety considerations, or focus on eliminating a single concern, such as carcinogenicity. Chemical design to avoid a certain hazard endpoint is an approach that, if not pursued in the context of a broader goal, could lead to the design or use of a chemical with another problematic endpoint such as persistence, reproductive toxicity, or chronic toxicity. Methodologies for identifying safer chemicals include assessment by functional class and comparing the most relevant endpoints for that class. Understanding a chemical’s structure and function is key to determining which hazard endpoints might be distinguishing and potentially problematic. Using this approach furthers the advancement of green chemistry through the design of less hazardous chemicals. The symposium will discuss safer chemical design, include industry examples, share green chemistry challenges in the marketplace, and offer examples of how organizations are supporting the development of safer alternatives.

Earth-Abundant Metal Catalysis

Organizers: Neil Strotman, Director, Catalysis and LCS, Merck; Brad Gates, Principal Research Scientist I, AbbVie

Earth-abundant metal catalysis is touted for its inherent sustainability, and the advantages of low toxicity and minimal environmental impact versus heavy metal catalysis.  What is often overlooked is the diversity of transformations which can be affected by earth-abundant metals, beyond those of their precious metal counterparts.  Earth-abundant metals, by virtue of their placement on the periodic table, have access to more oxidation states, and can often participate in one electron chemistry.  This opportunity for more numerous catalytically relevant oxidation states for a given metal allows for greater variety in chemical transformations.  This highly active field of research continues to grow and evolve as new catalyst systems succeed in not only supplanting less abundant metals with greener alternatives, but in offering novel reactivity giving rise to greater chemical space.

Green by Design: Medicinal Chemistry to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Organizers: Amy Dounay, Colorado College; Jozef Stec, Marshall B. Ketchum University 

Innovative green chemistry approaches have been applied toward all stages of drug discovery research, from the initial medicinal chemistry design to the discovery and manufacturing-scale production of new medicines. Many contemporary efforts in manufacturing of pharmaceuticals aim to be sustainable, environmentally responsible, and fiscally sound, which altogether result in an increased global access to essential medicines and it closely aligns with the WHO’s vision to live in a disease-free world. This symposium is aimed at providing diverse chemists across academe and industry with highly practical knowledge and accessible green chemistry tools to implement into drug discovery and development process at every level in every place. The central theme of this symposium will be showcasing recent developments and innovations in designing green approaches to synthetic medicinal chemistry and manufacturing processes to address current and future global challenges in drug discovery and development.