NESSE launches at the Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Last week was an exciting moment for NESSE as we launched the organisation at the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in Washington DC. After a year of setting up the network, writing our constitution, scrambling to finish our website and organising the ‘From Bench to Big Picture’ launch event in collaboration with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute, we were nervous, excited, and a little unsure as to how it would be received. Coming back after the conference we are energised and excited by the enthusiasm from the early-career scientists present and lots of other organisation to be part of, to build and support NESSE.

At the launch event three great speakers highlighted the importance of communication and connecting our research with bigger picture issues if we’re going to make an impact in society, vital in the area of green chemistry and sustainable science. NESSE then led an interactive cafe-style discussion about ‘How we can get our green research out into society’. You can read more about our overview of the launch on the ACS Nexus Blog and see more photos on our Flickr feed.

Speakers preparing for the 'From Bench to Big Picture' launch event

Speakers preparing for the ‘From Bench to Big Picture’ launch event

Early-career researchers discussing ways to get green research out into society at the NESSE launch event.

Early-career researchers discussing ways to get green research out into society at the NESSE launch event.

The discussions that started at the launch event continued throughout the GC&E conference over lunch and during the breaks building a relationship amongst the younger scientists present. We’re very excited to have four new members of the Executive Committee who will be leading communications and supporting people to set-up green science initiatives at their universities.

Inspired by the Green Chemistry Initiative at the University of Toronto several people are going away to start groups at their universities, bringing speakers on green chemistry and sustainable science topics to other grad students and post-docs and building a sustainable science community together with other disciplines. NESSE will act as a support network and hub to provide resources and inspiration. If you’re interested in setting-up a group at your university please contact Laura at sustainablescientists@gmail.com.

We have many other plans and ideas, with the only limits being the time and enthusiasm of our members. Please join us to become part of this new community and build a greener future.

Excited NESSE members at the GC&E conference

Excited NESSE members at the GC&E conference

Making plans for NESSE over lunch

Our new Executive Committee members making plans for NESSE over lunch