IUPAC Division of Chemistry and the Environment Annual Meeting 2018 in Rome
On the weekend 12-13th May 2018, the IUPAC Division VI – Chemistry and the Environment – had its annual meeting in Rome, Italy, just before the beginning of the SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) Europe Conference (Rome, 13-17 May 2018), where the Division had organized a special session. The meeting was attended by 25 participants coming from 18 countries and representing various continents. India was represented by Dr. Bipul Behari Saha, R&D Director at L.R. Research Laboratories, NACL Industries Limited (Hyderabad). The venue of the meeting was the FISE building in Rome, where the Italian branch of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is based.
The President of Italian ISWA, Dr. Mario Malinconico (Research Director of IPCB-CNR), opened the activities on Saturday 13th morning. During the two-day meeting, several important topics were covered: reviews of on-going projects, brainstorming ideas for new projects, exploring collaborations with other International organisations, joint-organization of Conferences and Symposia, and planning of the Division activities for the Centenary of IUPAC which will be celebrated in 2019 (https://iupac.org/100/). These celebrations will culminate in the 47th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Paris (57th July, 2019).
During the meeting, Dr. Saha made a presentation on the “Status of Responsible Care, Sustainability, Green chemistry and Environment in Indian Chemical Industry”.
The Directorate of IUPAC Division VI is currently represented by Dr. Rai Kookana (President – CSIRO, Australia), Dr. Hemda Garelick (VicePresident – Middlesex University, United Kingdom) and Dr. Roberto Terzano (Secretary – University of Bari, Italy).