Chemical Sciences and Society Symposia (CS3)

The CS3 series, hosted by the funding agencies and chemical societies of the US, Germany, China, Japan and the UK, convenes eminent researchers from each participating country to explore frontier chemistry research and its potential application to global challenges. By design, each meeting in the CS3 series, hosted in turn by each of the organizing countries, is to focus on a particular key societal challenge, as mutually identified by meeting organizers, and the role of chemical research in addressing the challenge.

Past Events

The focus of the first CS3 meeting was solar energy, with a meeting theme “Sunshine to Power the World”, and the meeting was held in Kloster Seeon, with Germany serving as host. The white paper, Powering the World with Sunlight includes advice from CS3 participants to policymakers, highlighting the role of chemical research in reaching solutions to energy challenges and offering advice on promising research directions for advancement in solar energy.

The second CS3 took place in London, England. Discussions on the theme, sustainable materials, led to the production of the white paper, A Sustainable Global Society: How Can Materials Chemistry Help? This paper makes addresses topics such as energy conversion and storage, carbon capture, rare materials, fossil fuel replacement, and green materials.

The third annual CS3 meeting took place in Beijing, China in September 2011. The theme was “Chemistry for Better Health” and focused on advances in chemistry for modern medicine. Thirty top chemical scientists from the five participating countries assembled in Beijing to identify the scientific research required to address key global challenges, and to provide recommendations to policymakers. The initiative produced collaborative discussions the international perspective of chemistry’s contribution to human health. A white paper summarizes the outcomes of the event.

The 2012 CS3 summit took place at the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco, California, USA on September 17-20. Representatives from five different chemical societies gathered to assess and forecast research breakthroughs in organic materials and carbon nanostructures, and how their architectures can be designed for novel electronic applications. A link to more information about the meeting can be found below. Joint report from the meeting.