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Federico Rosei, IOCD’s Executive Director, has been elected foreign member of the Class of Natural Sciences of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. His membership will start on January 1, 2024.


2023 competition results announced: The results of the 2023 essay competition organized by IOCD in collaboration with the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) were announced on October 5, 2023. The theme was ‘How can the chemical sciences lead the stewardship of the Earth’s element resources?’. Six Regional Winners were chosen. Each receives a US$ 500 prize and a winner’s certificate and their winning essays have been published in October 2023 in the journal RSC Sustainability. In addition, 15 other essays were selected as Finalists in the last round of the 2023 competition.

For more details about the results of the 2023 IOCD Essay Competition Regional Winners and other Finalists, see here.


IOCD’s Chemists for Sustainability (C4S) group has just published a Perspective in RSC Sustainability on Chemistry and pathways to net zero for sustainability.

You can read the Perspective online and download it from here.


Federico Rosei, IOCD’s Executive Director, is one of the outstanding individuals across all fields who have been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2023. Professor Rosei is scientific head of the Nanofemtosecond Laboratory at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique in Quebec, Canada, where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage and the Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Materials.


Alain Krief, IOCD’s former Executive Director (2009-2020), was honoured with a Special Issue of the journal Synthesis to mark his 80th birthday. Members of IOCD’s group Chemists for Sustainability published an appreciation of Professor Krief’s contributions to chemistry and to IOCD in the Special Issue.

You can access the Special Issue from here.


Three new Vice-Presidents: IOCD is delighted to announce the election of three people to serve as Vice-Presidents for terms of 5 years from 1 January 2023:

To read the Press Note, click here.

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