THE INTERNATIONAL GREEN NETWORK - IGN
- The International Green Network
- Program of the inaugural meeting
- Final document
- Scientific Representatives of the IGN
- Recent news
International Green Network - IGN
The Carnegie Group (the biannual meeting of the G8 Ministers for Research ) held in Victoria, Canada (June 2-3, 2005) and in New York (December 2-3, 2005) , founded a research and training network on Green-Sustainable Chemistry: The International Green Network (IGN).
The network was unanimously approved following the proposal by the Italian Minister for Education, Research, and University, Mrs. Letizia Moratti.
The Interuniversity Consortium "Chemistry for the Environment" (INCA; Marghera, Venice, Italy) was selected as its hub, and will - along with the other research centres - dedicate a space within its institute to the IGN.
The IGN will provide know-how, coordination and sponsorship for scientific collaborations, proper training for the new generation of chemists, and support for sustainable use of chemistry in developing nations. Furthermore it will assist industrial production in G8 nations, fostering the development of novel competitive technologies, and address issues such as climate change, energy, and other environmental concerns from a chemical standpoint.
This green chemistry approach has been very recently endorsed in the motivation of the 2005 Nobel Prize for chemistry ( http://nobelprize.org/chemistry/laureates/2005/press.html).
As first action, INCA organized the kick-off meeting of The International Green Network whichthat took place on December 1, 2005 (Marghera, Venice).
Delegates of all the G8 countries participated in the event, as well as observers from other nations, and prominent invited speakers.
It will was the occasion to inaugurate the IGN officially, to illustrate its goals (both scientific and political), and to gather feedback from all delegates present.
The Document which was presented on that occasion, and immediately after approved by the Carnegie Group in New York, outlines the goals and mission of IGN.