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The Green Chemistry Initiative Symposium

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About the Symposium

Our 7th annual symposium is titled “Frontiers in Green Chemistry: Challenges in the Anthropocene” with the intention of focusing on the advances in chemistry and chemical engineering towards responding to the Anthropocene. 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 green chemistry.

The symposium is a two-day event which will take place on May 16th and 17th, 2019. All symposium events will take place on the University of Toronto - St. George Campus.

The symposium is also part of the national Science Odyssey event this year! http://www.sciod.ca/event/1817/

Quick Links

The electronic symposium program booklet is now here! Click here to check it out.

Highlights of this year's Symposium include:
· Keynote lecture by Prof. C.J. Li, McGill University
· A hands-on case study
· An optional crash course on the fundamentals of Green Chemistry
· A research poster session (three prizes will be awarded) and networking events
· Seminar talks on innovations in green chemistry
· An excellent chance to make connections with current sustainability experts for future job opportunities

Important Dates

April 4th, 2019 - Registration opens
April 26th, 2019 - *Extended deadline* Early bird registration closes at 11:59 pm EDT
May 10th, 2019 - Regular registration closes at 11:59 pm EDT
May 10th, 2019 - Poster abstract submission closes at 11:59 pm EDT

Symposium Schedule

Poster Abstract Submission

We encourage all of our attendees to submit a poster abstract for our poster and networking session on Thursday, May 10th in the afternoon. Abstracts should be limited to 200 words. Please note that posters do not need to already include green chemistry for consideration. 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.

Please click here to access the questionnaire and fill it out by May 10th, 2019.

Travel Scholarship

We are offering a total of six travel scholarships to contribute towards travel and accommodation expenses. The value of each scholarship is a maximum of $250 CAD.

Applications are due April 26th, 2019 at 11:59 pm EDT by email at green.chemistry@utoronto.ca. For full details and access to the application, please click here (PDF).

Results will be sent out to scholarship applicants by April 30th, 2019.

Cost and Registration

Link to registration: http://bit.ly/GCIsym2019

Early Bird Registration – until April 26th, 2019 *Extended Deadline*
The cost of the symposium is $30 CAD for early bird registration. Early bird registration closes April 26th, 2019 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Regular Registration – until May 10th, 2019
Regular registration cost is $50 CAD. Registration closes May 10th, 2019 at 11:59 pm EDT.

The registration fee 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 16th and 17th, 2019). Registration does not include accommodation and travel fees.

Department of Chemistry Internal Registration – until May 10th, 2019
The Department of Chemistry has graciously offered to cover the registration fee for graduate students and post-docs working in the department. Registration will be available during Friday Donuts at 4 pm in the atrium from April 12th until May 10th. Alternatively, feel free to approach Diya Zhu or e-mail the Symposium organizers directly at green.chemistry@utoronto.ca on your own time to register.

In order to secure your spot, a $20 cash deposit is required at the time of registration. This deposit will be returned in full upon completion of the symposium. The internal registration deadline is Friday, May 10th, 2019.


The nearest accommodations can be found at New College residences at the University of Toronto St. George campus. The symposium begins at 8:30 am on Thursday, May 16th and ends at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 17th, although you are welcome to stay a few days over the weekend to explore the city of Toronto. Student rates are available at New College residence for up to 5 nights. You will be required to book accommodation on your own, but we are happy to assist or provide more information. Remember to book well ahead of time to ensure your spot! Book a room at New College here. Feel free to email us at green.chemistry@utoronto.ca with any questions.


Toronto has an efficient subway and street car system. Tickets are $3.25 for each trip, visit Toronto Transit Coission (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 take 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 University of Toronto St. George campus. Head eastbound from Bloor UP Express Station to St. George subway station (Bloor-Danforth, line 2) or northbound from Union UP Express Station to St. George subway station (Yonge-University, line 1) arrive 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 to 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 St. George subway 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.

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