22.06.2014 - Natural Sciences Sector

Green Chemistry for Life jury meets to consider grant applications

The International Scientific Jury (ISJ) of the PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC partnership for Green Chemistry (ISJ) met at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 19-20 May 2014 to consider the grant applications submitted by young scientists within the Green Chemistry for Life Programme jointly established by UNESCO, IUPAC and the Russian industrial company PhosAgro - the largest producer of phosphate-based fertilizer in Europe.

The jury was composed of renown scientists from Africa, Asia and Western and Eastern Europe representing leading international, regional and national chemical institutions. The work of the Jury was monitored by a tripartite Bureau composed of Prof. M. Nalecz, the Chair of the Jury, Director, Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building in Science and Technology, UNESCO, Prof. N. Moreau, Member of the ICSU Executive Board, Former President of IUPAC, Prof. J. Corish, Tresurer, IUPAC and Mr S. Sereda, First Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

In line with the terms of reference of the Green Chemistry for Life Programme, the Jury examined 110 receivable applications submitted by young scientists from all over the world and selected six excellent research projects to receive PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC research grants in Africa, Asia, Latin America and in the Europe and North American region.

The Jury also unanimously supported the proposal made by PhosAgro and its Scientific Research Institute for Fertilisers and Insectofungicide (NIUIF) to organize an International Symposium on “Green chemistry for sustainable development”. The Symposium is to be held in Moscow under the aegis of the Russian National Commission for UNESCO on 22-23 September 2014. The Organizing Committee of the Symposium will include Dr A. Guriev, CEO PhosAgro, Dr B. Levin, Director General NIUIF, Prof. V. Litvinenko, Rector, National Mineral Resources University, Prof. N. Moreau, Prof. Nalecz, Mr S. Sereda, Prof. N. Tarasova, Vice-President, IUPAC, corresponding member of the Russain Academy of Sciences and Prof V. Zharov, Executive Secretary of the ISJ.

A ceremony organized in conjunction with the Symposium in Moscow will present the talented young scientists, laureates of the 2014 grants. This is the first round of a 5 year programme developed by PhosAgro, UNESCO and IUPAC. The Symposium will also raise the awareness of policy- and decision makers and public at large of the promising opportunities offered by green chemistry to preserve the environment and improve quality of life.

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