26th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Systems Thinking in Chemistry Education, Research and Innovation

This workshop aims to advance the knowledge of systems and the application of systems thinking to the practice of chemistry through the use of key concepts, terminology, and examples of systems thinking in chemistry. Participants will engage in exercises that help them evaluate alternative approaches and/or design new solutions in the context of systems thinking. Examples will address systems chemistry in teaching, research and innovation. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have new strategies, approaches and resources that they can use to infuse systems thinking into their green chemistry efforts.

I. Characterizing a system for a common item
II. Expanding systems thinking to the synthesis of a chemical
III. Getting more comfortable with the complexity of systems, boundaries and feedbacks
IV. Getting more comfortable with trading impacts through Alternatives Assessment

This Session will review and explore the scope and definition of systems thinking in chemistry education, as well as educational research and practice oriented by systems thinking approaches. It will also include a strong focus on the application of systems thinking to green and sustainable chemistry education and seeks to include interdisciplinary perspectives that can drive innovation in this area.

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