International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

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Our Vision:

Sustainable Chemistry for a Sustainable World

Sustainable Chemistry facilitates the needs of the present – without compromising the ecological, social and economic needs of future generations.

The chemical industry and downstream sectors using chemicals and materials touch nearly every manufacturing and service sector worldwide and are deeply connected with humanities way of living. The transformation towards sustainability is key to meet existential global challenges like e.g., climate change, inequality, scarcity of resources. The approach of Sustainable Chemistry connects a circular economy with multifaceted aspects of sustainability and changes stakeholder behavior.

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ISC3 Online Atlas

Connecting international stakeholders across actors and sectors is an important aspect of promoting Sustainable Chemistry. The Online Atlas is an interactive platform that displays actors worldwide. Join the community.

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ISC3 Event Calendar

Cooperation and knowledge exchange across actors and sectors are key to facilitating a transformation towards Sustainable Chemistry. Explore opportunities to learn, exchange, and interact at events in the world of Sustainable Chemistry. Join the community.

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ISC3 Trainings

The ISC3 created and collected various on-demand trainings, self-paced online learning courses, study courses and an online library for you to dive into. The ISC3 will constantly extend its Training portfolio. Check out our trainings.

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Start Up of the Month


AR-ENA is a female-led start-up from Jordan, that produces a new type of hydrogel – polymers which absorb air humidity and capture liquids and can be used as a replacement for soil in hydroponics and as a replacement or assistant for the irrigation process and systems. Furthermore, AR-ENA developed an electronic application that can cal...

ISC3 Investor Forum at Impact Festival 2024

In 2024, Impact Festival 2024 is featuring the ISC3 Investor Forum 2024 (Pitches, Panel, Booth, Audience Award) and live Innovation Challenge Award Ceremony on October 30th and 31st, 2024, between 9 am and 8 pm, at Forum Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany. Both organisations, ISc3 and Impact Festival 2024, and all their variegated partners present are coming together in order to further kick-start financial and networking power for Sustainable Chemistry start-ups, and to start promoting sustainable innovation in chemistry together at the Impact Festival 2024, as well!
2024, ISC3 has again set out to live feature 10 start-up solutions (5 finalists+5 extra live pitches), and further digital presentations aiming at having SC start-ups promoted and financed, again!

Ready, set, here are the Changemakers!

The ISC3 has selected it`s finalists for the Innovation Challenge in Sustainable Chemistry and Textiles

The finalists of the €25,000 5th ISC3 Innovation Challenge, which was looking for innovations in the fields of Sustainable Chemistry and Textiles, have been announced! A jury of 23 international experts selected the five finalists from a large number of outstanding applications from all over the world. This year, the International Susta...

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Sustainable Chemistry Innovations Shaping the Future of the Process Industry
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Sustainable Chemistry Innovations Shaping the Future of the Process Industry

Sustainable Chemistry provides solutions to the challenges faced by the process industry. Sustainable textile dyes, alternatives to microplastics, innovative recycling technologies, and AI-supported applications are becoming increasingly important. This is one of the outcomes of ACHEMA 2024. Another key takeaway: Start-ups like Vienna Tex...

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Innovation Challenge

The annual ISC3 Innovation Challenge is thematically oriented along a once-per-year selected focus topic. Start-ups globally are invited to contend for a total of 25,000 EUR in prize money with their innovative ideas that are revolving around the ongoing year’s focus topic. They are assessed by a jury of international experts who scor...

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Who we are

The ISC3 is an international centre promoting and developing sustainable chemistry solutions worldwide. Chemistry is currently facing a substantial challenge: to progress towards sustainability and a circular economy, it must reinvent itself. This entails a new system thinking based on a circular approach and the creation of new business opportunities and jobs...

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What we do

The ISC3 is a catalyst for Sustainable Chemistry and acts on five levels: collaboration, innovation, education, research and information. It connects stakeholders from the private sector, science and research as well as civil society and politics to develop a transformative agenda enabling Sustainable Chemistry to contribute to the international processes on the sound...

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Knowledge management and information dissemination on Sustainable Chemistry innovation, policies and research are important cross-sectional tasks of the ISC3. To support a better understanding of and a sound discussion on Sustainable Chemistry as a solution provider for sustainable development and a key contribution to a pollution free planet the ISC3 acts...

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Innovative solutions to combat and prevent pollution in the areas of mobility, energy, urbanisation, and agriculture very often originate in the chemical sector and mostly stem from its research community and start-up companies. Examples are fossil fuel substitutes, new energy storage systems and new construction and insulation materials...

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Emerging concepts and hot topics of research in Sustainable Chemistry are monitored with regard to possible future Sustainable Chemistry solutions in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Long term consequences and possible rebound effects of the processes, technologies and specific solutions proposed by...

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Academic Education

The ISC3-Research & Education Hub is developing and implementing international study programs of Sustainable Chemistry. For an interdisciplinary understanding of Sustainable Chemistry, know-how about green chemistry, i.e. synthesis and product related topics, needs to be complemented by a broader knowledge of chemistry’s role and contributions...

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Vocational Education & Advisory Service

GIZ’s management model “Capacity WORKs” describes Capacity Development as “The development of the ability of people, organizations and societies to manage their own sustainable development processes and adapt to changing circumstances”. It recognizes four levels of capacity development.

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Policy & Stakeholder Dialogue

Policy- and Stakeholder Dialogue is an important part of ISC3's daily work and activities, as decision makers play a key role in fighting climate change, poverty, hunger, pollution and many other societal and environmental needs. The overarching goal of the ISC3 is to raise awareness of Sustainable Chemistry among decision makers across actors and sectors on national...

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CAPCI focuses on developing capacities and disseminating knowledge. In this way, the project strives to enable key stakeholders in developing countries and emerging economies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from chemicals production, while enhancing climate-friendly solutions. The project develops individual measures in close cooperation with...

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Knowledge management and information dissemination on Sustainable Chemistry innovation, policies and research are important cross-sectional tasks of the ISC3. To support a better understanding of and a sound discussion on Sustainable Chemistry as a solution provider for sustainable development and a key contribution to a pollution free planet...

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