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 80 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 (20 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.

NB: The Summer School lessons will end on Friday afternoon 13th July at 14.00.
The additional days Friday 13th afternoon and Saturday 14th/Sunday 15th won't be financially covered by the Summer School. Participants who would decide to stay longer would have to pay at their own expense.
Who would like to stay for the weekend in Venice will have the opportunity to enjoy the Redentore Feast on 14th and 15th July: one the most important civil feasts in Venice with the Saturday 14th night phantasmagorical fireworks’ display in Saint Mark’s Basin and the Regatta del Redentore (Regatta of the Redeemer) on the Giudecca Canal on Sunday 15th
The Summer School would guarantee assistance to participants (to keep accommodation) that would decide to extend their stay for the week-end.

Detailed information on IUPAC Summer School Project N° 2017-006-2-041 is available at this LINK.

A poster session is planned: all attending students are strongly encouraged to present posters dealing with their research work and the most outstanding posters will be awarded and proposed for a publication on International Scientific Journals.

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 partial or full scholarships to applicants who qualify for the Summer School.

The Summer School will be in part hosted at 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 second prestigious location is the 6th Century Cultural Centre Don Orione Artigianelli, inside an old monastery, in a private and quiet place in the city centre of Venice, behind Gallerie dell’Accademia with direct overview on the Zattere quayside and on Giudecca Canal.

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.