24th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference | June 16 - 18, 2020 | Seattle, WA

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24th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Dates: June 16-18, 2020
Location: Seattle, WA
Submission Deadline: CLOSED October 4, 2019
Notification of Acceptance by: November 1, 2019

The American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) is pleased to announce the 24th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference to be held from June 16–18, 2020 in Seattle, Washington, USA. The Conference Organizing Committee is issuing this call for symposia.

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 2020 is Systems-Inspired Design, highlighting design from a systems and life cycle perspective. As in previous years, the Committee is seeking proposals that span the breadth and depth of green and sustainable chemistry and engineering.

The Committee is seeking proposals that include diverse perspectives from academic, industrial, and government scientists; business leaders; students; NGO representatives, 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, etc.). Attendees should leave each session with a clear idea of how they can use 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.


  • Design strategies incorporating systems and life cycle thinking and how these 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 design, synthesis pathways, process, and product design
  • Designing and developing processes and products that facilitate sustainability and achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Design and development of curricula and curricular materials that infuse green and sustainable chemistry concepts (e.g., circular economy, systems thinking, LCI/A, function-based design, etc.) throughout the chemistry curriculum.
  • Design of chemicals, novel chemistries, synthetic pathways, and processes that enable a circular, more sustainable economy
  • The design of materials that 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
  • Fundamental scientific advances that enable separation and conversion of waste or by-products to valuable materials
  • Innovative approaches to:
    • collaborations between government, academia and industry that promote more sustainable design
    • government policy that enables the closed loop economy
    • tools for process and product design and simulation
    • green and sustainable chemistry and engineering metrics that facilitate better design-thinking
    • assessment methodologies that enable design for the closed loop economy
  • Topics in green chemistry and engineering unrelated to the theme are also welcome


  • A brief statement describing the rationale/need for this topic at the meeting (500 words or less);
  • A description of how the gaps in current practice 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.

Please submit your symposia proposal to gci@acs.org with the subject line “2020 GC&E Symposia Proposal” by October 4, 2019. All symposia submissions will be reviewed by the Conference Organizing Committee and applicants will be notified of decisions by November 1, 2019. 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.

Proposals will be reviewed and considered using the following criteria:

  • Topic meets the definition of green and sustainable chemistry or engineering.
  • Topic supports the conference theme of systems-inspired design or fills gaps in current practice to advance green and sustainable chemistry or engineering.
  • Proposed session is innovative and forward thinking in advancing green and sustainable chemistry and engineering.
  • Number of proposals submitted by a given organizer.
  • Topic overlap with other submitted proposals.
  • Available meeting space.


Please download this PDF to see an example of an abstract submission that successfully incorporates all of the information outlined above.