Juliana Vidal- Standing for Director of Marketing and Communication

Juliana Vidal– Standing for the position of Director of Marketing and Communication

julianaCurrent Career Status: Graduate Student

Institution:  Memorial University of Newfoundland

Location: St. John’s – NL, Canada

Country of Origin: Brazil

Background: My interest in sustainable science begun during my undergraduate studies, where I started to get concerned with the negative perspective believed by the general public with respect to Chemistry. I was decided to change this point of view, do my part in taking care of the planet, and this led me to specialize in green chemistry. My undergraduate research involved the sustainable recovery of residues, and my Master’s work involved the treatment of environmentally harmful solutions. Currently, I am in the 2nd year of my PhD studies in the Green Chemistry and Catalysis Group at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In my research, I am investigating the use of biochar (a bio-based waste material and important tool for CO2 sequestration) in catalysis and in materials science. During my free time, I love watching movies, playing videogames, hiking, and spending time with my friends, my husband, and my beautiful and crazy dog.

Statement of Interest: My concern with the ability to communicate well and effectively has always been a passion. I believe the way things are said, written, or presented can significantly influence people around us and make a difference in their days, lives, and attitudes towards the environment. For those reasons, I volunteered to write for the Graduate Student’s Blog at Memorial University of Newfoundland (http://www.mun.ca/sgs/studentblog/). With the help of the blog, I had the chance of meeting some amazing students around the world, share my thoughts with them, learn from them, and also improve my writing and communication skills. Writing for the blog has become a big part of my life, but I still miss doing more in terms of sustainability and green chemistry: This is where NESSE comes in. I heard about NESSE through my supervisor (Prof. Francesca Kerton) and was immediately inspired and amazed by the ideas and goals of this initiative. I feel I can contribute to NESSE’s mission and definitely learn a lot from its participants, and this is the reason why I decided to apply for the Director of Marketing and Communications position. Besides writing for the Graduate Student’s blog, I have also volunteered to be secretary and further president of the Chemistry Graduate Society, helped to co-organize the global breakfast “Empowering Women in Chemistry: A Global Networking Event” as part of the IUPAC 100 celebrations at Memorial University of Newfoundland, received an honourable mention in the international video competition “Tell a Story about Green Chemistry” organized by the Center for Green Chemistry & Engineering at Yale, participated in the Sustainable Development Goals Youth Training, and joined the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy this summer. My husband and I also created a successful crowdfunding campaign through social media (https://www.instagram.com/ciganonocanada/) to bring our dog (Cigano) from Brazil to live with us in Canada. I believe the previously mentioned experiences helped me to prepare for serving on the Executive Board of NESSE. Moreover, my biggest goal as a professional in green chemistry and as a human being is to inspire people to take care, respect, and love our world, and I truly believe the opportunity of serving as the Director of Marketing and Communications in NESSE is one important step towards it.