Green Chemistry Education Network
Meeting Description from their website:
The official language of the convention will be in English
On behalf of the conference organizing committee I would like to invite you to the 40th SACI convention and the 3rd FASC meeting to be held at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa from January 16th to 21st, 2011. It is the first event of a series of events planned by IUPAC and UNESCO for the International Year of Chemistry (IYC). This event is a prelude to the official ceremony opening the International Year of Chemistry and is billed to bring chemists from the continent of Africa and the world-over to celebrate chemistry. The conference is being organized by the Gauteng Coordination Committee of SACI and the local organizing committee is putting together a full, multisession programme that will address the conference theme: Chemistry- the key to Africa’s future.
The conference will cover the usual aspects of a SACI convention during the first four days of the conference. The FASC meeting will focus on green chemistry and will be held on the last day of the conference. This combined meeting offers chemists in South Africa and their colleagues on the African continent a unique opportunity to come together and represents only the second time SACI has held a joint conference with chemists on the continent. The first was the 34th SACI convention and the 7th International Chemistry Conference in Africa (ICCA) in Durban in 1998. This joint 40th SACI and 3rd FASC meeting is geared towards building collaboration between chemists on the African continent on sustainable chemistry and hence has the last day of the conference earmarked for green chemistry.
We are putting together a scientific programme that will showcase research activities in all traditional branches of chemistry (Organic, Inorganic, Physical and Analytical) as well as interdisciplinary areas (such as Materials, Nano-science, Bioinorganic, Green chemistry, Environmental chemistry etc.). The programme will provide a platform for presenting current research work going on in the African continent, as well as in the rest of the world. We see this as an opportunity for chemists on the continent to build links to strengthen the Pan African Chemistry Network (PACN) recently launched in Kenya.
So, come celebrate chemistry with us in the vibrant city of Johannesburg and enjoy the rich culture and interesting sites of the city and surrounding areas, even if it is six months after the Soccer World Cup. We assure you that all the facilities used for the World Cup will still be there for soccer and non-soccer fans to enjoy in January 2011.