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

NESSE Launch Event: From Bench to Big Picture

How is science making a difference on critical environmental, economic, and social issues? How do you bring your science from the bench to the big picture?

We are very excited to announce the launch of NESSE in collaboration with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute on Monday 16th June from 6.30-8.30pm in Washington DC at a unique cross-disciplinary event discussing how we can create truly sustainable science.

Today’s most pressing problems require all hands on deck, therefore it is crucial for scientists to connect their work across disciplines and to the general public. If you want to know to bridge science to big-picture issues like climate change, conflict minerals, sustainable business, and more, this is the event for you.

We will be joined by a panel of scientists who are actively pursuing world-changing chemistry, communicators who will elucidate what skills are necessary to do this, professionals who help scientists connect their work to policy decisions on The Hill, and students who are fostering communities across disciplines.

There will be brief introductions from the speakers, followed by a town-hall style and small-group discussions that will allow all audience members to talk about the science and issues they are most passionate about!

Speakers include:

Paul Chirik, Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University
Darcy Gentleman, Manager of Public Policy Communications at American Chemical Society
Laura Hoch, Graduate student at University of Toronto & Founding member of NESSE
Caroline Trupp Gil, Director of Federal Affairs at American Chemical Society

The event is free and includes food and refreshments. Tickets are limited so sign-up today