How can ISCnet be organized and structured in order to find a customized solution for all stakeholders? This was one of the project’s most important tasks. In his presentation at the start of the session on ISCnet, Friedrich Barth, ISC3 Managing Director, defined ISCnet as an open interactive network of all stakeholders interested in advancing and sharing knowledge and experience on sustainable chemistry. ISCnet will function as an umbrella for existing networks and a wide range of topics under discussion at international level.

What will ISC3 provide for the ISCnet? The ISCnet will be

  • an open, moderated internet platform
  • free of charge
  • provide open discussion and interaction
  • to share best practices and ideas
  • provide learning and training tool
  • disseminate success stories from sustainable chemistry for further use by the networkers
  • promote sustainable chemistry

Mr. Barth illustrated his speech by means of the following chart, which gives an impression of the broad scope of ISCnet.

Panel members in the subsequent discussion were Elsbeth Roelofs (MVO Nederland), Pierre Barthélemy (CEFIC), Sam Adu-Kumi (EPA Ghana, Chair of COP Stockholm Convention) and Klaus Kümmerer (Leuphana University, Lüneburg). The discussion was chaired by Paul Hohnen and co-chaired by Andreas Förster (DECHEMA) and Peter Wolfmeyer (N³), who collected questions and proposals from the audience submitted via smartphone.

Here are some ideas from the interactive discussion:

  • ISC3 – be visible! Important examples and success stories, which are coherent with all the three pillars of sustainable development, are urgently needed.
  • Identify all the relevant players: Broadest involvement at global level of users of chemicals (suppliers and consumers).
  • Please do not reinvent the wheel: Connect initiatives, stakeholders. Have a broad scope, not only hazardous chemicals and research but also financing, building new product chains, adaptive regulations with room for experiments, look for non-chemical solutions.
  • Matchmaking between parties in an interactive and attractive way is an important task!
  • Look at developing countries also as a source of solutions and successful experiences, not only as countries that need support – go into operational and practical levels – help companies and society to act in the short term even if results come in the long term.
  • Enhance collaboration between start-ups and major players as well as investors – provide a marketing space to match demand and solutions – stimulate and help to implement sustainable chemistry in developing and emerging countries.
  • Establish a Young Chemists Network to promote knowledge and cooperation between young researchers.

The ISC3 team will examine all contributions. Some ideas are already elements of the work programme for Friedrich Barth and his staff: An annual start-up meeting is planned. Success stories from sustainable chemistry approaches will be disseminated, starting with the first ISCnet Newsletter. And last not least: Developing countries can actively contribute to sustainable chemistry and profit from its benefits as has been demonstrated in one of the studies carried out as part of the project.

Friedrich Barth presenting the basic ideas of ISCnet


Paul Hohnen moderating the discussion


The panel: Sam Adu-Kumi (left), Klaus Kuemmerer (right)


The panel from left to right: Pierre Barthelemy, Elsbeth Roelofs, Sam Adu-Kumi


Co-chairs at work: Andreas Foerster (left) and Peter Wolfmeyer (right)


Maria Krautzberger (President of the Umweltbundesamt) closes the Conference