Chemical Sciences and Society Symposium - “Powering the World with Sunlight”

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The ACS Office of International Activities, working on behalf of the ACS Committee on International Activities, is pleased to share with you a newly released white paper, “Powering the World with Sunlight”, from the 2009 Chemical Sciences and Society Symposium (CS3).


The CS3 series, hosted by the funding agencies and chemical societies of the US, Germany, China, Japan and the UK, convenes eminent researchers from each participating country to explore frontier chemistry research and its potential application to global challenges. By design, each meeting in the CS3 series, hosted in turn by each of the organizing countries, is to focus on a particular key societal challenge, as mutually identified by meeting organizers, and the role of chemical research in addressing the challenge. The focus of the first CS3 meeting was solar energy, with a meeting theme “Sunshine to Power the World”, and the meeting was held in Kloster Seeon, with Germany serving as host.


“Powering the World with Sunlight” includes advice to policymakers highlighting the role of chemical research in reaching solutions to energy challenges and offering advice on promising research directions for advancement in solar energy.


Plans are underway for a 2010 CS3 meeting, pending support from the five funding agencies, to be held in the UK with a focus on Sustainable Materials.


Please consider providing the pdf (or this link to the paper) in your direct communications with colleagues who may find the document of interest, or in any relevant newsletters, website postings, or electronic platforms where colleagues may find access useful.


If you have any questions or comments regarding this report or the CS3 series in general, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Julie Callahan in the ACS Office of International Activities.  She is the project PI.