2nd International Symposium and Meeting of Green Chemistry Centers
UCT chemistry department successfully hosted the 2nd International Symposium and Meeting of Green Chemistry Centers in Cape Town at the Two Oceans Aquarium. The meeting follows a successful Green Chemistry Symposium, “UCT Goes Green” in Oct 2013. The Global Green Chemistry network meeting was attended by leaders in Green Chemistry from India, Brazil, Mexico, Tanzania, South Korea, China, Australia, Belgium, United States and the United Kingdom. The aquarium was a perfect venue for new and established Green Chemistry Centers the world over to connect through effective networking sessions including topics in industrial relations, education and outreach.
Importantly, South Africa, in particular the Western Cape has made its impression on the foreign guests as more than just a tourist destination. The Western Cape is resource rich in food waste valorization opportunities and shared many common technological challenges with that of the represented countries. New friendships developed, collaborations, synergies and common interests among participating countries were explored. Global awareness of the pressure on limited resources and the emerging technical challenges motivated bilateral and multilateral research collaborations in this emerging domain of green chemistry. Green chemists and engineers in South Africa have a great responsibility to develop new technology that will be the vehicle to global success in sustainable materials, bioenergy and biofuels. The 2nd International Symposium and Meeting of Green Chemistry Centers also highlighted the need for local “green scientists” to organize and collaborate around common interests and goals.