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 better food, more manufactured goods and improved access to utilities such as clean water and electricity. These are needs that can only be met by intensifying production in all areas of industry, thus increasing the need for raw materials.
Chemists have a major role to play in ensuring a continued supply of the fertilizer, medicines and other chemicals needed to support the world’s population. It is also their responsibility to design processes that reduce or eliminate the production of unwanted or hazardous chemicals that can potentially damage the environment.
To encourage researchers to come up with new solutions, The Elsevier Foundation organized the Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge which is now jointly run by Elsevier’s chemistry journals team and ISC3. The vision is to create information solutions that improve outcomes for customers and also benefit society. This challenge will enable the Elsevier Foundation to work with the research community to make a positive impact on society.
The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge seeks to stimulate innovative chemistry research that helps the environment and low-resource communities. The winning project will receive a prize of €50,000 with €25,000 for the second-place prize and an additional €25,000 for the “Entrepreneurial Spirit Award”.
Proposals are accepted until 15 September 2019.