The present edition of the Postgraduate Summer School on Green Chemistry will be managed by IUPAC Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (ICGCSD).

It will be the first one under the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) umbrella and could be, therefore, the first of a new series of Summer Schools that might be held in other countries all over the world in the future editions.

The School


Green Chemistry is one of the key sciences of a sustainable development on earth and required for reaching the 17 UN-Goals.

This first edition of the Post-graduate Summer School on Green Chemistry will provide the participants with an understanding of the latest developments of the concepts and management of green and sustainable chemistry. IUPAC and ICGCSD are fully aware of their responsibility in working in the direction of Sustainable Development Through Green Chemistry.

The Summer School on Green Chemistry will be held in Venice from 7 to 14 July 2018.
The number of participants will be limited to 60 post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from all over the world. The age limit for attendees is 35 years. (A few exceptions to the age limit may be considered if well-documented).
It will consist of six lecture days. Lectures (15 total) are scheduled as a morning session from 9:30 AM to 12:30 AM and an afternoon session from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
A certificate of participation will be given to all the participants.

A poster session is planned: all attending students are strongly encouraged to present posters dealing with their research work. The best posters will be awarded.
It is expected that, in this environment, students and instructors will find an informal and relaxed atmosphere, which will stimulate discussions, questions, a profitable exchange of ideas, and the beginning of new scientific collaborations.

Funding from IUPAC and other institutions will allow to offer full or partial scholarships to applicants who qualify for the Summer School.

The Summer School will be hosted in the prestigious Palazzo Ducale thanks to the collaboration with the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the City of Venice and Lagoon.

The official language of the Conference is English.


Lectures will be at the level of state-of-the-art research contributions in the Green Chemistry field, but they will also cover background material. Existing clean chemical processes, case histories, and topics related to current research in Green Chemistry will be explained in order to familiarize students with the strategies behind designing “greener” synthetic routes.

Main topics will be:

  • Chemistry beyond chlorine
  • New reaction pathways
  • Exploitation of renewable resources
  • Green Chemistry for cultural heritage restoration

A research policy session will be addressed to the issues which steer the Green Chemistry at the industrial, academic and governmental levels. Also in view of the need to anticipate the evolution of environmental regulations, for the chemical industry, for the cultural heritage field and metrics on green syntheses.

A poster session will give students the possibility to present their research work and the most outstanding posters will be awarded and proposed for a publication on Pure and Applied Chemistry.


  • Programme Layout (currently under preparation)
  • Detailed Booklet (currently under preparation)


Programme currently under preparation.