It was an excellent start: 200 participants from 40 countries attended the conference in Berlin last week! Together they celebrated the launch of the ISC3, which will now start its work in Bonn. Friedrich Barth, who was recently appointed as Managing Director, explained the tasks and the structure of the ISC3. “We shape transformation”, said Barth.
The centre will initiate innovations, cooperation, business models and a new way of thinking in order to further the concept of sustainable chemistry on a global scale. Friedrich Barth summarized the goals of the ISC3 as follows: ”Chemistry is facing the biggest challenge in its history: Basically, it has to reinvent itself in order to progress towards the circular economy. This implies new business opportunities, new jobs, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals can be reached everywhere. The ISC3 is set to shape this transformation in cooperation with all stakeholders.”
The ISC3 is headquartered in Bonn and supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is planned to install a scientific centre, the „ISC3 Research Hub“, at Leuphana Universität in Lüneburg, as well as a centre for innovation, the „ISC3 Innovation Hub“, at DECHEMA in Frankfurt as may be taken from the charts below (part of Friedrich Barth’s presentation). “We will not re-invent the wheel”, is one of the new ISC3 management’s key messages. That means the ISC3 builds on existing organisations and networks and seeks cooperation and partnerships with all interested stakeholders. It will think and act independently of governments and companies. Establishing a scientific council, an advisory forum and a stakeholder forum (based on the ISCnet members) will ensure this.

Minister Barbara Hendricks hands over the funding document for the ISC3 (From left to right: Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the Management Board of GIZ, Barbara Hendricks, Maria Krautzberger, President of the German Environment Agency, Friedrich Barth, Managing Director of the ISC3)