2nd Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference

14 - 17 May 2017 | Hotel Intercontinental Berlin, Germany


As the world’s population edges towards 9 billion, the strain on the planet’s resources is steadily increasing. In both the developed and developing world there is a growing demand for food, manufactured goods and improved access to clean water and fuel.

Over the past 30 years it has become obvious that the products of human manufacture, even those produced to benefit society, can have negative effects on human health and the environment. The United Nations General Assembly has addressed these challenges in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have been adopted in 2015. A closer look shows that to meet these goals chemistry will play an important role. Also related to this is  that the UN Environmental Assembly-2 (UNEA-2) has named sustainable chemistry as an important building block within and beyond sound chemicals management.

As the first edition of this conference (Berlin, Germany, 4-6 April 2016) was very well received by the participants, the second Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference will again be a forum to address these challenges in a broad unique manner encompassing many diverse fields of Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

Other conferences in this field are focused mainly on the synthesis and technical aspects, however to contribute in a sustainable manner to the SDGs a much broader approach and exchange is necessary. The goal of the conference is therefore to bring together international researchers from academia and industry, from authorities and other institutions to communicate and share the latest developments across the broad and diverse fields of Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

Abstracts on green and sustainable chemistry that directly relate to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are particularly welcome.

Topics include:

  • Mineral resources and recycling
  • Resources for organic molecules
  • Synthesis and catalysis
  • Energy conversion
  • Green and sustainable pharmacy
  • Legislation and sustainable chemistry
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable chemistry 
  • Developing countries and sustainable chemistry
  • Industry and sustainable chemistry
  • Education

Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

Another unique feature of this conference will be the Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge. Projects can be in any field of Green or Sustainable Chemistry so long as they are applicable for use in developing countries. The top five candidates will be invited to this conference to make presentations to the panel of judges. The winners will be selected from these five finalists and an award ceremony will held at the end of the conference. The winning project in the challenge will receive EUR 50,000; the winner of the second prize will receive EUR 25,000.

Executive Roundtable: Industry Viewpoints on Green and Sustainable Chemistry

New to this year’s conference, Elsevier will host an Executive Roundtable on Tuesday 16 May bringing together a diverse group of experts and thought-leaders from top chemical companies and organisations to offer their perspectives on a current industry theme. 

This year’s theme is, “How can industry better demonstrate the value of “green” and “sustainable” across its value chains and end consumers?” Come hear what “green” and “sustainable” mean to their organisations, how it affects their chemical R&D efforts, and how they capture, share, and convey the value of green and sustainable chemistry breakthroughs with the day-to-day needs of consumers. 

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Sam Adu-Kumi

Sam Adu-Kumi, Dr., Environment Protection Agency, Ghana

Dr Ricardo Barra

Ricardo Barra, Prof., University of Concepcion, Chile

Prof. Dr. James Clark

James Clark, Prof. Dr., University of York, UK

Dr. Jochen Flasbarth

Jochen Flasbarth, Dr., State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany 
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Dr. Björn Hansen

Achim Halpaap, Dr., UNEP, Switzerland

Dr. Björn Hansen

Björn Hansen, Dr. , DG Environment, European Commission

Dr. Maximilian Hempel

Maximilian Hempel, Dr., Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, Germany

Dorota Jarosinska

Dorota Jarosinska, Dr., WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Germany

Prof Martin Kayser

Martin Kayser, Dr.,
BASF, Germany

Darren Lee

Darren Lee,
University of Nottingham, UK

Carol S.K. Lin

Carol S.K. Lin, Prof.,
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Prof. Dr. Thisbe Lindhorst

Thisbe Lindhorst, Prof. Dr.,
President of the German Chemical Society

Ullhas Nimkar

Ullhas Nimkar,
NimkarTek Technical Services, India

Prof. Guiseppe Resnati

Guiseppe Resnati, Prof., University of Milan, Italy

Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth

Ferdi Schüth, Prof. Dr., Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany

Tiina Sikanen

Tiina Sikanen, Dr., University of Helsinki, Finland

Christian Stenzel

Christian Stenzel, Dr., Airbus DS GmbH, Germany

Magda Titirici

Magda Titirici, Prof., Queen Mary University of London, UK 

Dr Rajender S. Varma

Rajender S. Varma, Dr., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA

Hannfried von Hindenburg

Susanne Veith, Sustainability Consultant/ Government Affairs Manager, DuPont

Hannfried von Hindenburg

Hannfried von Hindenburg, Senior Vice President Global Communications, Elsevier, The Netherlands

Dr Rajender S. Varma

Patrick Wäger, Dr., EMPA , Switzerland

Prof. Vania Zuin

Vania Zuin, Prof., Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil

Conference Chair
Klaus Kümmerer

Klaus Kümmerer, Leuphana University of Luneberg, Germany

Rob van Daalen

Rob van Daalen, Elsevier, The Netherlands

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