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The Green Chemistry Initiative Symposium

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About the 2015 Symposium
The third annual event, now a symposium, organized by the Green Chemistry Initiative aims to connect graduate students with industrial leaders to discuss future goals pertaining to sustainability and greener syntheses. This symposium was designed by graduate students for graduate students (though all are welcome to attend!) and highlights the methods various industries employ to make their chemistry efficient and more environmentally friendly. Come and join the discussion for two full days of lectures and discover the finer details of Green Chemistry which brought these innovations to the world through the decades of research.

Highlights of this Year's Symposium Include:
- An excellent chance to make connections with current industrial leaders for future job opportunities
- A poster session and networking event to obtain positive feedback on your own pursuit of green chemistry
- An open discussion concerning challenges in the industrialization of green chemistry
- An optional crash course in green chemistry fundamentals, offered on Wednesday, May 13th for those who would like a refresher on the basics

Symposium Speakers & Schedule
We are delighted and honoured to welcome the following speakers to the symposium:

Stan Brownell - Research Scientist, Dow Chemicals
Ettigounder Ponnusamy - Principal Scientist, Sigma Aldrich
Megan Maltenfort - Sustainability Manager, VWR International
Dr. Guerino Sacripante - Principal Scientist, Xerox Research Centre of Canada
Vladimir Tarasov - Process Engineer for Solar Cell Efficiency, 1366 Technologies
Dr. Robert Tinder - Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Proteaf Technologies
Anna Ivanova - Green Chemist, Green Chemistry Commerce Council (GC3)
Dr. Paul Thornton - Technology Development Manager, GreenCentre Canada
Flora Livesey - SD Tech Funding Advisor, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Dr. Andrew Dicks - Senior Lecturer in Green Organic Chemistry, The University of Toronto
Prof. Ian Hamilton - Professor in Theoretical & Computational Chemistry, Wilfrid Laurier University
Prof. Tomislav Friečić - Assistant Professor in Solid-State Catalysis and Self-Assembly, McGill University

May 13, 6-8pm: Optional crash course on green chemistry basics, taught by Dr. Andrew Dicks
May 14-15, 10am-5pm: Full symposium days, featuring talks by the above speakers
May 14, evening: Poster session and networking event
May 15, evening: Social event with the Green Chemistry Initiative

Here's the full schedule of events:

For a digital copy of the full program, please click here.

Poster Abstracts
Thank you for all the Poster submissions this year! You may find the abstract for each here.

Travel Scholarships
We are offering a total of four travel scholarships to contribute towards travel and accommodation expenses. The value of each scholarship is a maximum of $250 CAD. Applications are due Monday, April 20, 2015 at 11:59pm by email. For full details, please click here (PDF).

Cost and Registration
External Registration: The cost of the symposium is $60 CAD for advanced registration (by April 17, 2015) and $100 for regular registration (by May 1, 2015). This cost includes all lectures, networking events, and catering for the duration of the symposium. Registration does not include accommodation and travel fees. Registration is now closed! You may still view the registration page here.

Internal Registration: If you are a graduate student or post-doc in UofT's Department of Chemistry, please register in person with a GCI member. Registration will be available during our Friday trivia events in the atrium. Alternatively, feel free to approach any member of the GCI on your own time to register, or e-mail the symposium organizers directly at gcisymposium2015 [at] gmail.com to set up a registration time. The internal registration deadline is May 1, 2015 at 5pm.

Participant Information & Poster Abstract Submission
After registering, all participants must fill out a questionnaire to let us know what you'd prefer for lunch, and if you're presenting a poster. Please click here to access the questionnaire, and fill it out by May 6, 2015.

Important Dates
- March 6, 2015 - Registration opens
- April 17, 2015 - Advanced registration deadline
- May 1, 2015 - Regular registration deadline
- May 6, 2015 - Poster abstract submission deadline (extended!)
- May 13, 2015 - Optional crash course in green chemistry
- May 14 & 15, 2015 - Symposium!

The nearest accommodations can be found at New College residences at the University of Toronto St. George campus. The symposium starts at 6pm on Wednesday, May 13 and ends at 5pm on Friday, May 15, though you are welcome to stay a few days over the weekend to explore the city of Toronto. Student rates at New College are $43/night for singles and $60/night for doubles for up to 5 nights. Remember to book well ahead of time to ensure your spot!

New College

Other university residences can be found at:

Victoria College
University College
St. Michael's College
Trinity College
Chestnut Residence

Toronto has an efficient subway and street car system. Tickets are $3.00 for each trip, visit Toronto Transit Commission 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.

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

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

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