The Environmental Nanotechnology GRS provides a unique forum for young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers. Experienced mentors and trainee moderators will facilitate active participation in scientific discussion to allow all attendees to be engaged participants rather than spectators.
This meeting will focus on determining the role that nanomaterials should play, if any, 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, minimizing pollution and waste, creating efficient, healthy ,resilient cities, and fostering informed decisions and actions. This meeting will consider all dimensions of the nanotechnology-environment interface, with specific topics including: 1) innovative design, characterization, and detection of nanomaterials to better understand the systems we are employing in real-world applications, 2) advances in theoretical modeling and data analytics, and 3) public policy and engagement to evoke consideration of barriers to adoption and the potential for misuse of nanotechnologies. A broad coalition of scholars and practitioners from different disciplines and backgrounds, as well as partnerships with communities and stakeholders, is needed to understand and manage issues 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 successor 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 mentoring lunches, poster sessions, social activities, and breakout sessions.
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 February 26, 2023. 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.