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The Green Chemistry Initiative Symposium

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About the Symposium
The “Innovations in Chemistry towards Sustainable Urban Living” symposium is our 4th annual symposium and is designed to connect graduate students interested in Green Chemistry with current academic and industrial leaders to discuss future goals about environmental sustainability and greener chemical processes associated with urbanization and modern urban life. The symposium is a two and a half day event which will take place on May 11-13, 2016. All symposium events will take place on or near the University of Toronto St. George Campus.

Highlights of this year's Symposium include:
• Keynote public lecture by Dr. John Warner, a founder of Green Chemistry (Free registration is required for the public lecture, unless you are registered for the symposium. For full event details and registraton, click here)
• Hands-on case study led by Xerox Research Centre of Canada
• An optional crash course on Fundamentals of Green Chemistry taught by Dr. Barb Morra, for those who are new to green chemistry or need a refresher on the basics
• Research poster session and networking events to obtain feedback on your own research in the perspective of green chemistry
• Seminar talks on innovations in energy storage, transportation, crop protection, sustainable syntheses and formulations, and more!
• Panel discussion concerning challenges of green chemistry associated with urbanization and modern technological challenges
• An excellent chance to make connections with current sustainability experts for future job opportunities
• Experts' perspectives on the role and challenges of green chemistry in the chemical industry 

We are delighted and honoured to welcome the following speaker to our symposium:

Dr. John Warner – President and CTO, Warner Babcock Institute
Dr. Darren Anderson – Co-Founder, Chief Communications Officer & VP Regulatory, Vive Crop Protection
Dr. Glen Bremner – Research Scientist, SWITCH Materials Inc.
Prof. Barb Morra – Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Richard Blackburn – Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds
Dr. Tom Enright – Manager of Process Engineering Area, Xerox Research Centre of Canada
Prof. Philip Jessop – Professor, Queen's University and Technical Director, GreenCentre Canada
Paulo Springmann – Aerospace Business Development Manager, BASF Canada
Dr. Roger Frechette – Senior Director Business Development, Apeiron Synthesis, Inc.
Dr. Murray McLaughlin – Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

Symposium Schedule
May 11, 3-5pm: Optional crash course on fundamentals of green chemistry
May 11, 6-7pm: Keynote public lecture by Dr. John Warner
May 12-13: Full symposium days, featuring talks by invited speakers
May 12 afternoon: Poster session and networking event
May 13 afternoon: Networking event

Poster Abstracts
Thank you for your poster submissions! You may find the abstracts here.

Travel Scholarship
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 25, 2016 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 early bird registration (by April 22, 2016) and $100 for regular registration (by May 2, 2016). 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 12 & 13, 2016). Registration does not include accommodation and travel fees.

Please register here.

Internal Registration: 
The Department of Chemistry has graciously offered to cover the registration fee for graduate students and post-docs working in our department. Registration will be available during Friday Donuts at 4pm in the atrium until the registration deadline. Alternatively, feel free to approach Annabelle Wong (Room LM328) or e-mail the Symposium organizers directly at gcisymposium2016@gmail.com 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 May 2, 2016.

Participant Poster Abstracts
Please click here (PDF) to view all poster abstracts for this year's symposium.

Important Dates
March 20, 2016 – Registration opens
April 22, 2016 – Early registration closes at 11:59 pm
May 2, 2016 – Regular registration closes at 11:59 pm
May 2, 2016 - Poster abstract submission closes at 11:59 pm

Accommodation
The nearest accommodations can be found at New College residences at the University of Toronto St. George campus. The symposium begins at 3pm on Wednesday, May 11 and ends at 6pm on Friday, May 13, although you are welcome to stay a few days over the weekend to explore the city of Toronto. Student rates at New College are $45/night for a single room and $60/night for a double room 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

Transportation
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), 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 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.

University of Toronto maps can be found at UofT Map.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at gcisymposium2016@gmail.com if you have any questions. Make sure to check back or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates!