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Commonwealth Chemistry, the Federation of Commonwealth Chemical Sciences Societies, is delighted to announce that the second Commonwealth Chemistry Congress (CCC2023) will take place at the University of West Indies St Augustine campus, 23-25 May 2023.
The Commonwealth is a uniquely diverse group of nations with shared values and a powerful voice. It represents all corners of the globe with a population of 2.5 billion and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. It is home to 12% of the world’s researchers and accounts for around 10% of global research and development expenditure. With 1 in 3 people aged between 15 and 29 living in Commonwealth countries, the Commonwealth is set to play an ever more important role in the world’s future – a future that will present many challenges where science can identify solutions.
Bringing together chemists from across the Commonwealth under the banner of equality for all, the Commonwealth Chemistry Congress will promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), strengthen scientific capacity, inspire and elevate the role of the chemical sciences to society and policy makers, and celebrate achievements in chemistry. Representatives from chemical societies across the Commonwealth will join high level stakeholders from academia, industry and government in Trinidad.
The Congress will have a strong focus on early career chemists across the Commonwealth, with the aim of furthering their career development, enabling joint research and education activities, and providing networking opportunities to share research outputs.
All participants will be expected to abide by the Commonwealth Chemistry Code of Conduct.
Registration and Participation
To ensure equal representation, inclusivity, and participation among all Commonwealth nations, over 30 Commonwealth countries (either through a society member or associate member of Commonwealth Chemistry) have nominated representatives and early career chemists to attend. These specially selected delegates will join our invited speakers and panellists for a programme designed to maximise conversation and networking opportunities, fostering meaningful new international alliances and thus building partnerships for the future.
If you would like to support or attend the Congress then download our sponsorship prospectus – available below in US or TT dollars – and contact the Secretariat.
The 2nd Commonwealth Chemistry Congress offers a unique programme to engage with a Commonwealth network from across the breadth of the chemical sciences. In addition to career development and networking opportunities for early career chemists, the programme includes scientific sessions featuring eminent researchers in the following themes:
- Zero Hunger (SDG 2), Good Health and Well-being (SDG 3)
Topics include biodiversity, natural products, food chemistry and security, agriculture, medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, and good health and well-being
- Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7), Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12)
Topics include sustainable energy solutions, new materials, biofuels, green chemistry, and catalysis
- Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Climate Action (SDG 13)
Topics include water treatment and supply, tackling pollution and contamination, and environmental chemistry
The programme will also bring together high profile researchers, policymakers, and industrialists who can demonstrate the value and role of Commonwealth chemists in three panel discussions:
Zero Hunger (SDG 2), Good Health and Well-being (SDG 3)
Chaired by Professor Dr Md. Iqbal Rouf Mamun and Dr Ainka Brown
Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7), Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12)
Chaired by Professor Karen Wilson and Dr Obinna Ofoegbu
Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Climate Action (SDG 13)
Chaired by Dr Sameera Gunatilake and Dr Cora Young
Chemistry, The Commonwealth, and the SDGs
Chaired by Professor Sir Richard Catlow and Professor G D Yadav
Bringing together high profile stakeholders and influencers to discuss how Commonwealth chemical scientists can contribute to the UN SDGs.
Gender Equality (SDG 5) and Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10)
Chaired by Datin Dr Zuriati Zakaria and Dr Genevieve Adukpo
During this session, four speakers will tell the story of equality and diversity in chemistry by:
- identifying and understanding the issues and barriers to equality and diversity,
- looking at case studies and real examples to provide broader historical context,
- sharing lived experiences of women and other under-represented groups in chemistry and STEM, and
- examining international data and recent improvements for inclusion on the international stage.
Quality and Effective Education (SDG 4)
Chaired by Professor Bice Martincigh and Dr Lydia Rhyman
This session will examine how chemistry education has changed over the last four years and identify future directions for education in the chemical sciences.
Information for delegates
SCIENTIFIC ORGANISING COmmittee
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
Commonwealth Chemistry Secretariat
Royal Society of Chemistry
Thomas Graham House,