This conference has been deferred to 2023 due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back soon for the 2023 schedule.
The Gordon Research Seminar on Environmental Nanotechnology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.
This meeting will focus on determining the role that nanomaterials should play in our response to grand environmental challenges. The pressing challenges emphasized in this meeting include: sustainably supplying food, water, and energy, protecting and improving public health, curbing climate change and adapting to its impact, and minimizing pollution and waste. This meeting will consider all dimensions of the nanotechnology-environment interface, with specific topics including: 1) discovery-driven basic nanoscience to better understand systems employed in real-world applications 2) advances in theoretical modeling and data analytics, and 3) combining systems thinking with environmental nanotechnology towards public health and environmental justice.
Both a broad coalition of scholars and practitioners from diverse backgrounds and partnerships between communities and stakeholders, are needed to understand and manage impacts associated with these nanotechnologies. Thus, the aim of discussions are to foster open communication and collaboration around developing nano-enabled solutions needed to face the new pressures of the 21st century, taking into account a holistic view of the environment, human well-being, and prosperity. The circumstances under which nanotechnologies are most likely to be implemented, the economic, environmental, and social impacts of implementing these new strategies, including possible unintended consequences, and factors affecting their long-term success or failure will be discussed.
Considerable time will be allocated to networking with peers and top professionals from the many converging fields that comprise environmental nanotechnology at poster sessions, a mentoring session, an optional networking lunch, and informal social activities.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 5, 2021. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.