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Blogging the GC&E Conference

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Every year hundreds of people come together at the Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference to discuss, learn, and share scientific advances—Advances that aim improve the health and sustainability of the modern world. It's an inspired group! Of course, there are many who cannot come, so this year, you'll be able to follow what is happening at the conference on the ACS Network, right here in the Green Chemistry & Engineering group.

This year's conference, the 16th annual, is themed "Innovation, Jobs, Sustainability—The Role of Green Chemistry." It's a timely and important topic, and reflects the belief of the 2012 organizing committee that green chemistry and engineering hold the key to a sustainable future and can play a role in reinvigorating the economy.

There are far over 100 technical sessions during these three days, and much, much more, but here are some of the highlights that I'm looking forward to:

  • Wednesday morning global Hybrid Session "Advancing Global Green Chemistry—The Role of Government, Business, and Academia."
    • If you are reading this and not at the conference, you won't want to miss this live-streamed panel and Q&A, moderated by ACS CEO and Executive Directo Madeleine Jacobs. Watch and participate in the Q&A by registering for free.
  • Announcement of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners at Monday night's "Welcome Reception."
    • These awards were established to recognize and promote innovative chemical technologies that prevent pollution and have broad applicability in industry. In other words, the winners of these awards are being recognized as having the most potential positive impact on the world through their work. That's something to celebrate!
  • The Inaugural Green Chemistry and Engineering Business Plan Competition. These entrepreneurs are in the running for a cash prize which will be awarded to the best green business plan. Right now there are 4 semifinalists. I'm looking forward to hearing their ideas.
  • Keynotes. There are four, all of which I'm sure will be interesting. I'm definitely looking forward to Dr. Bassam Shakashiri's who will be speaking about green chemistry in the context of the ACS mission: Advance the broader chemistry and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.
  • There is so much more, but it's not possible to list all the highlights!

Sunday kicks it off with registration and a student mixer. Check back for updates and if you are at the conference, and have a moment to jump on the computer, please add your own perspectives, and share pictures in the conference photo album!