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The Green Chemistry Initiative Symposium

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Symposium details

After 3 years, the GCI Symposium is coming back!

Our 8th annual symposium, titled “Designing a Green Future: Opportunities for Green and Sustainable Chemistry”, aims to revisit the fundamental principles of Green Chemistry to better guide new developments in sustainable chemistry as well as the implementation of sustainable practices in research. The symposium is designed to connect students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members interested in Green Chemistry with current leaders in the field to discuss advances in chemical processes and the future of sustainable research practices.

The symposium is a two-day event that will start on May 18th-19th, 2023. All symposium events will be held at the University of Toronto - St. George Campus:

HS 610
Health Sciences Building
155 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1P8

Highlights of this year's Symposium include:

· A hands-on case study
· A research poster session (three prizes will be awarded during the wine and cheese event)
· Coffee breaks with sponsors
· A closing networking event
· Seminar talks on Green and Sustainable innovations in industry
· A student-guided panel with speakers
· An excellent chance to network with current sustainability experts for future job opportunities

Important Dates

January 16th, 2023 - Registration opens
March 21st, 2023 - Early bird registration closes at 11:59 pm EDT
April 21st, 2023 - Regular registration closes at 11:59 pm EDT
April 21st, 2023 - Poster abstract submission closes at 11:59 pm EDT

Poster Abstract Submission: OPEN NOW!!

We encourage all of our attendees to submit a poster abstract for our networking session taking place in the evening of Thursday, May 18th. Abstracts are limited to 1200 characters. Please note that posters do not require the inclusion/mention of Green Chemistry elements or aspects. However, all presenters are invited to look for opportunities to talk about Green Chemistry within the context of their research. Posters from previous conferences are welcome!


Chemical Education Fund Travel Scholarship For Students

We are offering a total of three travel scholarships to contribute towards commute and accommodation expenses. A maximum of $400 will be awarded per winner (in accordance to needs).

Applications are due with the poster abstract submissions using the same form as linked here. Travel scholarship applications must be submitted before April 21stth, 2023. EXTENDED DEADLINE

Results will be sent out to scholarship applicants by March 27th, 2023.

Cost and Registration

Registration is open!! Buy your tickets now through Eventbrite.

Early Bird Registration: Closes March 21st, 2023 at 11:59 pm EDT
The cost of the symposium is $45 CAD for early bird registration.

Regular Registration: until April 21st, 2023
Regular registration cost is $55 CAD.

Virtual Registration: until April 21st, 2023
Virtual registration cost is $20 CAD and will allow participants to livestream presentations and talks, along with access to virtual posters.

The in-person registration fees includes all symposium events, as well as lunch, refreshments and coffee that will be provided as part of the symposium program on the full-schedule days (May 18th and 19th, 2023). Registration does not include accommodation and travel fees.


The nearest accommodations can be found at New College residences at the University of Toronto St. George campus. The symposium begins at 8:00 am on Thursday, May 18th and ends at 4:30 pm on Friday, May 19th. Student rates are available at New College residence. You will be required to book accommodation on your own, but we are happy to assist you or provide more information. Remember to book well ahead of time to ensure your accommodation!


Toronto has an efficient subway and streetcar system. Tickets are $3.25 for each trip, visit Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for more information. To arrive at the University of Toronto St. George campus from Pearson International Airport (YYZ), take the 192 Airport Rocket to Kipling subway station (the last station), then hop on the Bloor-Danforth subway eastward to St. George subway station. The UP Express can also be taken from Pearson International Airport to Bloor Station (at Bloor St. W and Dundas St. W) or Union Station (Front St. and University Ave.). A short ride on the TTC will bring you to the University of Toronto St. George campus. Head eastbound from Bloor UP Express Station to St. George subway station (Bloor-Danforth, line 2) and change to the yellow line (Yonge-University, line 1) to head southbound to Queen's Park station. Alternatively, you can directly go northbound from Union UP Express Station to Queen's Park subway station (Yonge-University, line 1) and arrives at the campus.

If you are flying Porter Airlines and decide to take public transit from the Toronto Island Airport (YTZ), take the Porter shuttle which will drop you off at the north-east corner of Front Street and York Street, and then cross to the south side of Front Street and enter Union subway station. From there, take the Yonge-University, line 1 subway northbound to Queen's Park station.

For more information on how to get to the University of Toronto St. George campus, visit Directions to UofT.

University of Toronto maps can be found at UofT Map.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at gci.symposium@utoronto.ca if you have any questions. Make sure to check back or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates!

A big thank you to our sponsors!

Symposium Organizing Committee:

Chair: Francisco Yarur Villanueva
Vice-Chair: Guillermo Lozano Onrubia
Funding: Eloi Grignon, Bryton Varju
Logistics: Mina Stefanovic
Website: Samihat Rahman, Lea Goutal
Program booklet: Hanxi MacIlquham
Outreach: Peter Liu
Graphic design: Andrés González