Green Chemistry Initiative

at the University of Toronto

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About the Workshop

The second annual Green Chemistry Workshop organized by the Green Chemistry Initiative at the University of Toronto aims to teach participants practical information they can use to incorporate green chemistry into their own research and future careers. This workshop was designed by graduate students for graduate students (though all are welcome to attend!) and represents a summary of what we ourselves felt we needed to learn to move to the next level in our understanding of the principles and practice of green chemistry. Speakers from both academia and industry will discuss a wide variety of topics, from mechanistic toxicology to green process chemistry at an industrial scale.

Highlights of this year’s workshop include:

  • An introduction to toxicology and the environmental fate of common chemicals
  • Discipline-specific presentations by leaders in the field about how green chemistry can be successfully applied to chemical research
  • Presentations by major corporations (Merck, Dow, and GSK) who are having a big impact on green chemistry and sustainability
  • A poster session and networking event
  • A case study on how to start your own green chemistry group
  • An optional crash course in green chemistry fundamentals is offered on Wednesday, May 21st for those who would like a refresher on the basics.

    For more information on the event schedule and other details, see the official Workshop Schedule.


    Scheduled Speakers

    We are delighted and honoured to welcome the following speakers to the workshop:

  • Dr. Andrew Dicks - Senior Lecturer in Green Organic Chemistry, The University of Toronto
  • Dr. Rui Resendes - Executive Director, GreenCentre Canada
  • Prof. Keith Solomon - Professor Emeritus and Director of the Centre for Toxicology, The University of Guelph
  • Prof. Scott Mabury - Professor of Environmental Chemistry, The University of Toronto
  • Dr. Pamela Spencer - Associate Director of Toxicology & Environmental Research & Consulting, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Dr. Cameron Cowden - Executive Director of Process Research, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Lyndsey Darling - Communications Manager, GreenCentre Canada
  • Prof. James Hutchison - Professor of Organic, Organometallic & Materials Chemistry, The University of Oregon
  • Prof. Robert Morris - Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, The University of Toronto
  • Prof. Wei Zhang - Professor and Director of the Center for Green Chemistry, The University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Dr. Leanna Shuster - Chemist in the Green Chemistry Performance Unit, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Dr. Tom Harner - Environment Canada

  • Sponsors

    Gold Sponsors

    GreenCentre

    GreenCentre Canada


    Bronze Sponsors

    UofT Chemistry

    University of Toronto Department of Chemistry


    Supporters

    CIC CEF

    CIC Chemical Education Fund


    UofT DSIF

    Faculty of Arts & Science Dean's Student Initiative Fund


    UTERN

    University of Toronto Environmental Resource Network (UTERN)


    Sigma Aldrich

    Sigma-Aldrich


    Fisher

    Fisher Scientific


    Workshop Schedule

    For more details please see the official Workshop Schedule.


    Cost and Registration

    The cost of the workshop is $60 CAD for advanced registration (by March 28th 5pm) and $100 for regular registration (by April 30th 5pm). This cost includes lectures and catering and does not include accommodation and travel fees.

    Please register here: Eventbrite Registration


    Travel Scholarships - Deadline Extended

    The GCI in cooperation with our sponsors is proud to be able to offer a limited number of travel scholarships for participants visiting us from outside of Toronto. Download the application here Travel Scholarship Application Form and submit by March 14th, 2014 to gciworkshop2014@gmail.com for an award of up to $500, based on financial need and the quality of the application. Please use the subject “travel scholarship application”.


    Posters

    Participants are encouraged to bring posters showcasing their own research and get feedback from peers and invited expert speakers at the poster and networking session from 7:30 – 9:30 pm on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014. After you have registered via Eventbrite (non-department members) or at our office at LM 330 (department members), you will receive an e-mail with an information package as well as a poster registration link.


    Important Dates

    March 14th, 2014 (Deadline Extended)– Travel scholarship applications due

    March 28th, 2014 – Advanced registration closes

    April 30th, 2014 – Regular registration closes

    May 5th, 2014 – Poster abstract submission closes

    May 21st, 2014 – Optional green chemistry crash course

    May 22nd and 23rd, 2014 – Workshop


    Accomodations

    The nearest accommodations can be found at New College residences at the University of Toronto St. George campus. The workshop starts at 5pm on Wednesday, May 21st and ends at 6pm on Friday, May 23rd, you are welcome to stay a few days over the weekend to explore the city of Toronto. Rates at New College are $41/night for singles and $58/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


    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), 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.

    University of Toronto maps can be found at UofT Map.


    Workshop Poster

    Help us promote the workshop! Please send our Workshop Poster to your friends and colleagues.