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Vol. 33 No. 5
September-October 2011

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives.
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Sustainable Education and Environmental Development (SEED) in Latin America: Reflections on the Roots of Green Chemistry

Nowadays, the importance of the green chemistry movement is widely recognized around the world.1 The goal of the Sustainable Education and Environmental Development (SEED) in Latin America project is to clarify the basis for, and discuss the applications of, green chemistry in Latin America, by establishing a continent-wide network. There are several, national green chemistry projects in developing countries, but this network would cover all of Latin America.

Since its inception in October 2009, the SEED has promoted a series of events and produced and distributed teaching and scientific material about green chemistry in Latin America. SEED has facilitated regular activities and contacts among Latin-American researchers and the most important worldwide networks in green chemistry. Following are some of the many courses and lectures organized by SEED in the past two years:

  • 4th Regional Meeting of Biocatalysis and Biotransformation, Montevideo, Uruguay (December 2010)
  • 31st Chemistry Summer School of Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, Brazil (February 2011)
  • 37th Buenos Aires International Book Fair, Buenos Aires, Argentina (April 2011)
  • 12th International Forum of Education of Science and Technology, Buenos Aires, Argentina (April 2011)

SEED has also helped improve communication among the green chemistry community through the launch of the SEED website, the introduction of a social network for “Green Chemistry Argentina” and the “Brazilian Network of Green Chemistry,” translation of the book Green Chemistry: Fundamentals and Applications2 from Portuguese to Spanish, and publication of the book Green Chemistry: New Habits to Learn.”

SEED members at the 38th Journey of Young Researchers, Santa Fe, Argentina—Universities of the Group Montevideo Association (from left): Horacio Thomas, Jorge Sambeth, Gustavo Romanelli, Patricia Vazquez, Vania Zuin, and Arlene Correa.

Last but not least, the SEED network is also responsible for the organization of the 4th International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry (4th ICGC) to be held 25–29 August 2012 at Foz do Iguaçu, which is at the Brazilian border with Argentina and Paraguay. The conference is intended to provide opportunities for interdisciplinary debate across scientific and technological fields among researchers from Latin America and other countries about recent findings in green chemistry.

Considering all of its recent activity, one could say that the roots of the SEED group are growing healthfully.

References

  1. P. Tundo, R.H. Rossi (Ed.), Green Chemistry in Latin America. Venice: INCA/IUPAC (2004).
  2. A.G. Correa, V.G. Zuin (Ed.), Química Verde: Fundamentos e Aplicações. São Carlos: EdUFSCar (2009).

For more information, contact Patricia Vazquez <vazquez@quimica.unlp.edu.ar>, Arlene Correa <agcorrea@ufscar.br> or Vania Zuin <vaniaz@ufscar.br>.

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