Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference 2011 Summary

Advancing Green Chemistry Update – Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference 2011

Staff of Advancing Green Chemistry were in Washington DC for the 15th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, June 21-23, 2011. The conference was held in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry and took place during the International Year of Chemistry.


The conference started on Monday June 20th with Student’s Day. Students from all around the world were introduced to the world of Green Chemistry through the eyes of Dr. John Warner. Our student-intern was present in this part of the conference, meeting and learning from international scientists with green chemistry as their focus of interest.


AGC’s Managing Director, Julie Jones, presented on “Bringing green chemistry science and news to a broad audience” focusing on social media networks and the importance of communication in the field of green chemistry.


Karen O’Brien, AGC’s Executive Director, together with Pete Myers (Chief Scientist of the organization, Environmental Health Sciences) organized a series of presentations on Environmental Health Science. The first presenter in the series was Dr. Lynn Goldman (Dean of the School of Public Health, George Washington University) presented on toxicology, present and future. Next was a presentation on new approaches to human toxicology from Dr. Raymond Tice (Chief, Biomolecular Screening Branch at the NIEHS). Dr. Adelina Voutchkova (Associate Research Scientist, Yale University) gave a lecture on aquatic toxicology. The morning continued with and a discussion on endocrine disruption by Dr. Thaddeus Schug (Postdoctoral Fellow, NIEHS). The morning series ended with Dr. Myers presenting on green tools to identify potential endocrine hazards in new molecules.


After the lunch break, the second set of lectures on Environmental Health Sciences was presented. Presentations spanned a wide range of topics. A holistic view on endocrine disruption was presented by Dr. Peter deFur (Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University), followed by a lecture on obesogens and the genetic programming of obesity by Dr. Bruce Bloomberg (Professor, UC Irvine). These lectures were followed presentations on molecules that interfere with thyroid hormone activity by Dr. Thomas Zoeller (Professor and Chair of Biology, University of Massachusetts). The day concluded with a synopsis by Dr. Kris Thayer (National Toxicology Program) of the current state of the science on bisphenol A today, and an assessment of the science on potential human impact by Dr. Laura Vandenberg (Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts University).


On Thursday, the final day of the conference, Karen presented in a series on NGOs and Green Chemistry. Her lecture focused on Advancing Green Chemistry and how environmental health research is pushing the search for alternatives. Overall, we had a great time learning, presenting, and meeting new people at the conference.