Activities and Actions Towards a Sustainable Future

A Special Issue in Pure and Applied Chemistry

 Sustainable action begins with a conversation‘, and the role that chemists play in the achievement of a sustainable future is vital. For us to tackle the current societal and environmental challenges and address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), urgent actions are needed worldwide. The Global Conversation on Sustainability (GCS) is a joint project by the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) and IUPAC launched in 2022 which aims to address the UN SDGs by raising awareness and encouraging global conversations among diverse stakeholders, including university scientists, governmental and non-governmental organizations, business entities, and the whole scientific community on sustainability. It serves as a starting point for implementing, communicating, collaborating, and further acting upon more sustainable practices and solutions globally for the benefit of everyone, striving for a sustainable future.

> see 1st event, 25 Sep 2022 | account in Chem Int Apr 2023, p. 10

In a special issue of Pure and Applied Chemistry, diverse formats of GCS events organized by individuals, organizations, and institutions across the world will be featured, as well as their contributions at a regional, national or international level towards addressing the UN SDGs and advancing sustainability in local, national or global environments and communities. Moreover, feature and perspective articles by the global chemistry community on the topic are welcome.

The hope is that the pieces highlighted in that special issue of PAC will empower and inspire the community to join ongoing and begin their own local/national/international conversations, thus contributing in their own way. Every action, big or small, is meaningful and an important step towards the achievement of a diverse, sustainable, and just future for the next generations.

Deadline for article submission: 30 April 2024

If interested in contributing, please e-mail us an outline of the article you intend to write to: [email protected]


Guest editors:

João Borges (Senior Researcher at CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Portugal; Task Group Chair of the IYCN/IUPAC Joint Project Global Conversation on Sustainability)

Juliana L. Vidal (Higher Education Program Manager at Beyond Benign; Task Group member of the IYCN/IUPAC Joint Project Global Conversation on Sustainability)


Keywords: sustainable chemistry, green chemistry, sustainability, SDGs, education, outreach, society



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